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Dr. Andrew Hoffman

General Surgery
Rockford, IL
35 years experience male

Locations

Perryville Surgical Associates, SC

Rockford, IL

Address

535 Roxbury Rd, Rockford, IL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 0830am - 1600pm
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Practice website

Fax

(815) 398-9587

About

Bio

My practice involves all general surgery, acute care surgery and Trauma and critical care management. I perform Breast, thyroid, abdominal, robotic, laparoscopic and cancer surgery. I am also a wound care specialist. My practice is in Rockford, IL with 3 other general surgeons.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

General Surgery

Critical Care

Surgery - Trauma

Wound care

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Doctor Q&A

490 Answers
78 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Cut back on Caffeine: Consider adding more vitamin e to your diet as well. These are not guaranteed to work for all women, but it has helped some. The main issue of having ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Call the Surgeon: If there is any concern, seek the opinion of the doctor who performed your procedure. You may be able to get a full explanation over the phone.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Still normal: Bruises from surgery may last a few weeks. Watch for the bruise to shift colors from typical black and blue to yellow, red and green colors near the e... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Wide Range Possible: Pains around the breast bone can be from your heart or gallbladder as well as from the stomach. I'd humbly suggest you see your pcp for a quick work u... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Earlier Cancer?: Even if you had breasts removed "prophylactically" and no prior cancer was found, there is a small chance that a cancer was present and not found and ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Can be done: There is some risk to a baby from a general anaesthetic, no matter what. To minimize the risk, your surgery for a sick gallbladder is best postponed u... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Ultrasound has limit: Inflammation can be from appendicitis or an infection somewhere nearby or from irritated bowel. U/s can't differentiate. Best test is ct scan of the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Maple syrup is OK: In most people with gallstones. The gallbladder functions to help digest fatty foods. If the gallstones block the gallbladder, symptoms result. Maple... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Only After removed: Some gb are not that large around. It's not likely to get that size stone out by any means but surgery. Shockwaves may break it up some, but will no... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
12-24 hours: Co2 is absorbed from the abdomen and you'll release it from the lungs and blow it off. Process is usually completed in less than 1 day.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Start somewhere: The general surgeons are the ultimate experts for breast problems, but either specialty physician mentioned is going to be able to help you. Not all ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Find your balance: Get your life into balance to get the disease into remission and stick with it. Sacrifice what you must, get the right medications or whatever. Then-... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
No danger: If you take vitamins your body doesn't need, the they usually get excreted through the kidney. No likely harm to liver or kidneys.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Not directly: Ligaments don't show on plain x-rays. They show dense bony structures. But if the bones seem separated or not aligned right, an x-ray might imply liga... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Repairing the hole at the place the esophagus comes through the diaphragm should be possible withe the band in place. I'd suggest seeking a surgeon wi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Possibly: If all other possible explanations have been able to be definitely ruled out, this could happen.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Not likely.: If you have blood in your stool, it most likely something else and it deserves another work up. I'd advise that you speak to your doctor about it.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
No one can : Proper care requires a full evaluation of your health. A complete history of your background and medicines and your family's is needed. A physical exa... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Need more detail: The bile made by the liver gets stored in the gallbladder and then empties when signaled bycck. If your gall bladder did this it's normal. If it empti... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Sleep more: More rest reduces stress and reduces the bags and circles at the eyes. If you wish some form of intervention, discuss this with a plastic surgeon who ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
possible, not likely: Stomach pain can be part of the onset of stomach cancer, but is not that likely (maybe 25%). Other factors to consider are your risks of developing a ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Probably: Subtle fractures may not show up right away. Since you have continued pain since the fall, it would be wise to seek a professional to examine you and ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
A bit unusual: But, sounds like you are maintaining your weight, so you likely have an unusual caloric expenditure each day too. Suggest not being concerned over the... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Start simple: Dry cracked skin will benefit from moisturizing cream. Usually a cream like eucerin or one that contains aloe will work
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hard to interpret: Both the liver and the lymph nodes will react to many things. Reactions to a small viral infection to surgery etc. The mild reading described is not d... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Wait: Most hemorrhoids are self limited and do not need anything more than some symptom relief. They are a result of constipation, though. Long term you wi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Not likely for you: Your age argues against this being a cancer. It is suspicious for some kind of infection or inflammatory problem. Consider seeing a surgeon or derma... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Recurring?: Sounds like you have tried some form of remedy before. Usually the first option is drainage alone and pressure wrapping. If a cyst recurs, draining an... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Sand will grow : There is no way to get rid of the sand or sludge in the gallbladder. Although a medicine exists to help dissolve stones, it only works 50% of time and... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Mainly: less anxiety: A woman's likelihood of becoming pregnant is dependent on the hormonal balance in her body. These hormones are affected by other body functions, like ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Possible: Condoms do fail 1 in 10 to as low as 1 in 6 times. They may have a hole or leak.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Where to begin?: Symptoms of? Gallstones causing symptoms really are best treated by surgical removal of the gallbladder. No matter what you do- over time the symptoms... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Varies: An abscess forms and will then spread infection through the abdomen. Once this happens, patients who aren't treated will get sicker, dehydrated and sh... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
List of possibles: Hernia. Groin strain. Diverticulitis. Ulcerative colitis. Crowns ds. Meckle's diverticulitis. Bruising/injury. The list is not ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Possibly: If you have any serious concern about your gallbladder, start by seeing your doctor. An ultrasound or certain blood tests might be in order. There are... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Now: Once the sutures are out, the skin is sealed. Safe to use creams/ointments. None have ever been proven to make much if a difference though.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Likely yes: Your body will fill in the space the lipoma used to be with scar. Over time. As the scar strengthens, there body resorbs some of the scar tissue. This... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Multiple factors.: It's winter and the "dry" season can cause the nasal lining to be thin, dry and fragile. You may have fragile membranes and thin blood vessels too. I... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Probably fine : Although it sounds like you have a perfectly good explanation for the blood you see, as often as 1 out of 3 times more or other causes are found. Your... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Saline spray: Your report does not show a fever or severe symptoms in any way. I'd suggest you have the right treatment, but, need to find a way to let the sinuses ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Stress will raise cortisol levels and cause increase in fluid retention as well as build up of weight from protein in liver and muscle.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes, tell all!: You wish to have the best outcome from surgery and the best opinion from the person you are trusting your care to- the surgeon can't give you the b... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Complex answer: If ribs broke, there will definitely be discomfort. The ribs them self won't cause upset stomach. If a fall or car accident caused the ribs to break... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
To amplify: Gb pain is not usually an emergency . In order to have the gb surgery performed, you need a general anesthetic or spinal anesthetic. These can lead to... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Not Likely at all: Risk at your age and with one single small site of infection is very low.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes-still possible: The tumor marker ca19-9 is often elevated, but not always elevated with pancreatic cancer. Even if found to be elevated, it's not specific for just th... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
GB polyps never nl: The true problem is that tests aren't good enough to tell if it is a polyp or a gallstone stuck in place by mucus. Polyps have a high risk of developi... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Check w PCP: This BP is higher than desired long term, but not necessarily an emergency. It may be stress or pain if he is nearly your age. High BP needs several... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
It's possible: The cyst may grow and put pressure on a nerve producing a weak grip or numbness.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hoffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hoffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr appt on Fri anyway- I didn't kniw if it was a lymph node but don't think so- its ON trachea yet attached to thyroid just above collarbone- left side..size of a grape....Read More
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Thanks I was quiet worried I was collapsing or something! Feel better!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Hoffman! This sort of information is extremely important to have.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Hahnemann Medical College, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

Allentown Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

St. Joseph's Hospital Houston, TX

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Society. of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
DaVinci Robotic Surgeons
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