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Dr. Stephen Archer

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Bend, OR
31 years experience male

Locations

Advanced Specialty Care

Bend, OR

Address

1247 NE Medical Center Dr., Bend, OR
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About

Bio

I live in Bend, OR. Obama General/Bariatric surgeon. I also run a GI diagnostic center, Insight GI for colonoscopy and endoscopy. Hobbies include photography and biking.

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Bariatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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No: It is not visible from the outside.
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Hemorrhoids: Or an anal fissure are the two most likely causes. Avoid toilet paper and use flush able baby wipes, lots of water, fiber. A surgeon can be a good doc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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here is a picture: The portion of the stomach on the left is what you would be left with and the part on the right is removed permanently.
A 20-year-old male asked:
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Maybe: Increasing the dose of Omeprazole sometimes helps especially if the main symptom is heartburn.
A 22-year-old male asked:
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No, but: A very enlarged thyroid can interfere with speaking and even breathing.
A 45-year-old male asked:
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Yes it can however..: You should have your doctor make sure that no heart issues are causing the chest pain before exploring the hiatal hernia as the cause.
A 47-year-old female asked:
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Yes: These are common symptoms of gerd.
A 24-year-old female asked:
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New surgeon: I agree with your idea to see a surgeon. If yours won't see you try another. There could be several issues here.
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Infection: This could be caused by an infection. A surgeon would be the best doctor to examine you. For this.
A 43-year-old male asked:
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Possibly : It is possible to have a partially blocked colon and have a bowel movement. A completely blocked colon would not allow you to have a bm.
A 22-year-old female asked:
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No: You should have no memory. Typically you will simply wake up and it will be over. The prep however you will remember. !
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Sleep specialist: Could be sleep apnea. There is excellent treatment for that. See a sleep doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Those foods are safe to eat. Only avoid foods that make you feel worse.
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Yes, although the left side is more common pain can occur on the right.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Castor can safely be given in a g tube.
A 45-year-old male asked:
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Yes and...: There may befa highe dose of Pantoprazole to take or you could try another medication in that class such as omprazole. Also consider a surgical consul... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Get checked: The signs of a wound infection are redness, pain, swelling and drainage. Your surgeon can help determine if this is a wound infection.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes!: Mesh is not a reason to avoid bariatric surgery. It can make the operation more complex or possibly will need to be done open.
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Don't give up: A diagnostic laparoscopy allow a surgeon to directly look at the organs and possibly remove the appendix. It is worth a discussion with a surgeon abou... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
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All: By two weeks all bandages could come off. You should also have a follow up visit with your surgeon.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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No: Postpone until that is resolved.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: Your doctor might prescribe Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for diverticulitis but it is not the usual first choice.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Good choices: Depending on the cause of the ulcer those drugs are often good choices.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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No: Gastric ulcers don't cause weight train although sometimes people will find relief from symptoms with certain foods.
A 24-year-old male asked:
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No: Ultrasound is not effective for seeing pathology on the stomach. An egd or stomach scope , or an cray test called UGI is preferable.
A 57-year-old female asked:
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Good question: Reflux after sleeve is important to address. If you have a hiatal hernia it likely would need repair. Also medications like Omeprazole are indicated. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Sometimes: Colonoscopy is the best test. Ct can sometimes find larger cancers. A special ct called ct colonography is better than regular ct for finding cancers ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
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Sometimes: Unfortunately yes. Some less common cancers have very rapid doubling times. And can grow quite large. A left colon cancer is more likely to obstruct t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Pulse: Probably your aorta pulsating. An aneurysm can have a very prominent pulse. At 34 years old this is highly unlikely.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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No: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease the cause of which is unclear. Diverticulitis is caused by inflamed little orchestra on the wall of the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Low: For typical stomach cancer the risk is low in a 30 year old.
A 36-year-old male asked:
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A: A low fat diet may not be as helpful as a diet low in refined sugars.
A 36-year-old male asked:
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Low: Low fat diets are less helpful in weight loss than diets low in processed carbohydrates.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Sleeve: In most recent studies the sleeve has shown better weight loss and resolution of other illnesses such as diabetes. Keep in mind however that the sleev... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
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Several: The work up for surgery for gerd includes an exam by the surgeon, an upper endoscopy preferably by the surgeon, possibly a test to measure how much ac... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: A very enlarged thyroid can cause voice changes or trouble breathing. It is is an urgent issue and usually requires surgery.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Probably: Maintaining sustained weight loss is harder than initially losing weight. The more time that passes with sustained weigh loss the better.
A 48-year-old member asked:
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No: Hernias are associated with bulges not discharge.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Yes: But maintains weight loss is even better.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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No: Test is for alcohol only.
A 27-year-old female asked:
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No: I am unaware of research stating that Prilosec causes gastritis.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Endoscopic : Endoscopic ultrasound can be used to diagnose cancer and get biopsies. Regular ultrasound is not so useful in this case.
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Not likely: A particular food does not cause rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids are the most common cause. Other causes are infections, inflammatory bowel diseases, ul... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
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Yes: That sounds great but of course you should see your doctor and not take the word of a doc here who can't see you. Good luck.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Yes: A pulse is caused by a beating artery. The stomach has many arteries. Sometimes people refer to the abdominal cavity as the stomach. If you lay your h... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Yes: A lipoma is a completely benign fatty tumor under the lining of the colon. They are not related to polyps.

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, TN
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

University of Cincinnati

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