Dr. Andrew Hoffman

General Surgery
Rockford, IL
37 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

378 Answers
63 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Chronic Constipation: Pressure from passing hard stools puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. The veins dilate and become varicose (like on legs) with risk of forming ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Surgery is painful: For patients who have not ever had severe pain at the site of the hemorrhoids, i've found they don't do well with the surgery option. If you have had... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Especially: Especially during pregnancy, hold off on any surgery until after your delivery, unless it's emergent.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
See a surgeon: Polyps in the gallbladder can produce the same symptoms that gallstones do. Adenomyosis is a form of a polyp.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Ignore: Sports injuries most often are sprains/strains. Rest for 1-2 weeks with stretching usually heals.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Fatal?: Cancer that is so aggressive and wide spread is not likely to regress or give up on it's own. Without any chemo it may spread rapidly through the lung... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Ignore: Repetitions for arms should be 12-15 before increasing weight or resistance.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Unlikely hemorrhoid: 'rhoid pains will be low at the rectum. If the pain is severe, associated with fever or causes other problems like nausea or vomiting, go see your gyn... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Not safe to say- yet: If you have not yet had a ct scan of the head, there could be internal bleeding causing the headache. Since i was not there to see how much force occu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Avoid constipation: Hemorrhoids result from constipation and are best avoided by using fiber in your diet with plenty of water. You can also add natural products like fru... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
I can...: The method to truly tell is based on history and examination. Have a physician check if you are concerned about appendicitis. If there is not enough e... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Diverticulitis: Is inflammation and will cause pain. If there is no inflammation around the colon, there should not be pain. Seems more likely this is still some fo... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
No worries mate...: If there are no symptoms and if you keep your stools soft and regular, the things that are still visible are some stretched but now scarred veins.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Doesn't fit...: Symptoms seem to be related to nerve impingement. Facial nerves are different than neck nerves, though, which are the nerve supply to the arm. If the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Symptoms vary: Gallstones may not produce any symptoms. When they do, it usually is intermitent, widely spaced episodes. Symptoms can be pain or even indigestion or ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Marfan's???: Start by seeing pcp or ed doc. A full history and exam will help figure this out. Genetic testing may help and an exam by gynecologist may help add t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Avoid constipation: Constipation and forced bowel movements are the root cause behind formation of the stretched veins called hemorrhoids.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Recurs? : Any hernia can recur. If it does, there is benefit to seeing a surgeon to repair it again. Without repair, hernias tend to grow, become symptomatic an... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Not likely: Although the cyst may be there, it does not mandate further care either. If there is growth or symptoms like pain or pressure, see a podiatrist or ort... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe: Find out from your surgeon if any of the colon remains. If there is still some of this large intestine, blood may have gotten into it during the oper... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Little contribution: Amount of gas is most often related to what you eat. Not likely to be related to activity.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Heart beat starts: In an odd place in the small chamber(s) of the heart instead of the node that is supposed to fire off the heart. This electrical trigger is above the... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Wait: And be sure to use stool softeners etc to avoid constipation. The hemorrhoidal tissue will still be there, but it will shrink to a smaller scarred ve... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Consider Melatonin: With your doctor. Only means to getting regular sleep will be with a considered/ balanced approach with all of your medicines. Your doctor should hel... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Can Be side effect: From taking a narcotic pain reliever. Would agree with use of zofran (ondansetron) to help.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
A Large list: Any illness that causes inflammed stomach and intestine can do this. From alcohol induced inflammation to ulcers to viruses or bacteria to inflamator... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Avoid constipation: Constipation and forced bowel movements are the root cause behind formation of the fissure. It is a tear in the skin inside the rectum that occurs wh... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Doubtful: Head and neck symptoms are not likely to have any relation to stomach and esophagus issues noted.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Can't be sure: Hot/cold flashes are clearly a part of menopause, but without a clear explanation of cause it's hard to give a clear plan to when they will diminish o... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Pain can happen: If you have mono & If your spleen is involved ... It might swell and stretch the splenic capsule causing pain. The spleen also might break open a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Blackout? Dizzy?: If either happened, then, yes go to the er for an exam. Also if you have a continuing headache or nausea. If you are not sure, go to be most careful. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Not quite: Getting hit, sudden stops or turns can also place a weakened retina in jeopardy. It's not just one punch to the eye that will cause damage.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Yes, but not likely: Men do have breast glands and they may fill out during puberty. They can also enlarge if you take certain medicines. If you do not see it shrink in th... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
May be something new: If your symptoms were checked to rule out a clot in the legs or lung and no other surgical problem is seen, there may be another issue to work out. Su... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
US image had echos : The echos happen when the sound waves transition through solid to liquid or liquid to solid. They mean there was a fluid filled object seen ie a cyst... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Yes ; Yes: The ct scans of your head have no real affect elsewhere. It's safe to have the abdominal one. The ct is the best method to see the overall size of an ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Lots of poss answers: The possibility of cancer exists, but, so does a mild infection. My main suggestion-based on the 2 week history alone- is to see a doc to get an appro... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Normal Mammogram?: Although you are a little young to start getting mammograms annually, you have a symptom that makes getting one important. If it is normal as well as... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Follow up with surgn: Since the endometriosis was treated and shrunk surgically, it may now need some medication to control small spots that were not visible at time of sur... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Not normally: If done right, by breaking open the top of a whitehead and creating a way to drain, some pimples can be evacuated by squeezing. The problem, if you do... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Confused: The stoma functions by emptying stool or it doesn't. No need of test for that. A barium enema or colonoscopy might be used to check for other illness ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Gastritis? Ulcer Ds?: Ruq pain is possible from an irritated, inflamed stomach such as ulcer disease can cause or gastritis from something like h pylori infection. To get a... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Not enough info: Best thing to tell you is to call and talk with your doc about the circumstances and results. He or she should be best able to interpret your history... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Spider angioma?: Without seeing a lesion, it's hard to say. If you have concerns see your doctor or dermatologist. At your age, most likely, it's something benign.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Normal for your age: Likel a place building up to form a cyst and ovulate. Could also be scar from recent cyst. If you don't have normal menses or if you have symptoms, se... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
This too shall pass: Main thing to do is drink plenty of liquids, stay well hydrated and pass the stone.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Do U have to force?: Hard stool that must be forced to evacuate equals constipation. Stools should be soft enough that just the muscles inside the intestine can move it th... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Some possibilities: 1.See a dentist to check teeth and gums. 2. Is he coughing this up? 3. Doe he have some recurring injury? (chewing gum or tobacco) might wish to ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Very normal: The vac won't need to run if there is a good seal, good vacuum at the dressing and minimal drainage. All these are good signs after such surgery.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
These are not high: BP will rise with age. Age causes stiffer arteries and the heart must force blood through them anyway. Your higher number goes up. The lower second nu... Read More
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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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