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Dr. Rafael Lugo

General Surgery
Houston, TX
28 years experience male

Locations

Rafael A Lugo MD

Houston, TX

Address

18200, State Highway 249 Ste 280, Houston, TX
Directions

Practice website

Fax

2817378465

Office

Houston, TX

About

Bio

I am a Board Certified General surgeon with many years of experience in a large number of procedures. I have been blessed with a very busy practice and extensive experience in many different procedures. I also have a passion for minimally invasive procedures and robotic surgery. I am very involved in the general wellbeing of my patients and interested in physical fitness and nutrition as well in the healing process. I believe that our bodies act as a fine machine and we need to take care of every aspect in order to have optimal results in surgery and recovery.

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

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Breast Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

425 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Risk: All sports have a certain level of risk. All you can do is train well and with the right person. Then you give your all nod you have an accident, it i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Symptoms of reflux: You should wait until symptoms of reflux are not controlled by medication.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Anuyjing: You can actually eat anything you'd like. I recommend considering a soft or liquid diet for 2-3 days. Also take a still softener once or twice a day.... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Many: There are several symptoms. You can have diarrhea, upper abdominal pain, nausea. Itching? Weight loss.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
See a doc: my best advice us to go see a doctor, prob a surgeon. May want to do a ct scan and see what is going on
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not right: inhate to say this but what you describe does not sound good at all and you should take action. Go see your doctor again. You may have an anal fissure... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Abscess: They may both be right, it is just a matter of timing. Usually infection on the skin starts as a red area called cellulitis an progresses to an absc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Limit: Limit your carbohydrate and fat calories. Move arms and legs in bed for 15 min at a time. Ask your back surgeon what you can and can not do.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Could be: It is possible but without a bulge in the area unlikely. It could also be a back problem specially if the testicle is not tender to touch. If tender t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Surgery: The treatment for. Ready cancer is usually surgery. Breast conservation or mastectomy. Sometimes may need chotherapy and or radiation therapy. See a d... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Soon: I tell my patients light lift after a week and after two weeks slowly increase to pre surgery levels as long s pain is not present.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Broad: That is a broad question and the answer is a book chapter. The key points for you are that if you have relatives with many polyps or relatives with c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Doctor: I would seriously consider alling your doctor about this. You can take peptobismol but this could be te ulcer rebleeding.
A member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Surgery: Take the gallbladder out before you have a complication.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Low glucose: Thses usually cause symptoms of hypoglycemi? It can lead to weakness, a feeling of passing out and even sudden bout of bad temper that all gets bette... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Peppermint does not have an effect on gallstones that we know. It does worsen reflux since it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually: Usually this surgery is done with an anti reflux wrap. So your reflux should go away or improve. 60% of people have bloating in the beginning and some... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Serious: This could be a serious condition. Could be diverticulitis or cancer. See a doctor immediately please!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: No supplement beats the real thing. Eat fish at least twice a week!
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Issue: The question is if you have. Fistula or connection to the inside of the anus or rectum that could be causing it to drain. This can only be determine ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Preparation: That is a good treatment, but it can be expensive since it is prepared by a compounding pharmacy. You can shop around. The side effects can be a hea... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not : Inguinal hernia is not a cause of gas. Gas is caused by your diet. www.drlugo.com.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Bakers: This could be a bakers cyst or an aneurysm. You should see an orthopedic surgeon to rule out both these conditions.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: It is very effective if done after a complete work up and hit the right reasons.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not: Laparoscopic surgery is usually done in the abdomen, so the answer is no.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not usually: This is not an usual symptom, but it can be a sign of edema. If your arms are swollen see your doctor.
A member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
As much as possible : The best results are when you are as lean as possible. If you are going for it again make sure that you find a surgeon that performs complicated red... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Personal: I tell my patients that withing two weeks if they don't hurt, that they can resume walking or running specially if mesh was used.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Push-ups : Well push ups are the best exercise to improve chest muscle appearance. Aim to 200 a day over time. Also diet plays a big role but see a doctor to mak... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: It depends on how large it is and if it is draining or infected. Sometimes it is better to take care of it when it is smaller and not infected. See ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Eating: Eating habits are under rated. Eat all in moderation and you can enjoy life and maintain your weight.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yeast infection: It is possible that you have a yeast infection. Let a doctor examine you.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Re check : It is hard to tell but you need a re evaluation to rule out possible ulcer, gastritis or other issues. See a surgeon or GI doctor.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
See doctor. : These are non specific symptoms that should be evaluated by physical exam. Please see a doctor soon.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Avoid: The most important things are stop smoking, decrease alcohol intake, do not eat 2 hours before going to bed. Elevate the head of the bed, avoid tight... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Yes you can feel since the wall between the rectum and the vagina is very thin. Although you can feel this, if you are feeling this all the time you ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Several things: These are non specific symptoms that could be as serious as liver problems and as simple as a reaction to what you eat or bacterial imbalance of your ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Heart: Magnesium and phosphorus are important for the heart, muscles and energy. You could develop irregular heart rate, loss of energy and cramps. Calcium... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Abscess: This may be an infected hair follicle or developing abscess. See a doctor and in the mean time apply antibiotic cream and wash the back with a salicy... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Doctor: I recommend that you see a doctor. Could be a simple problem as constipation but can be a serious problem.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Tumor: Insulinoma is a growth or tumor of the pancreas. Usually these are benign or no cancer. They produce excess Insulin an need to be removed to prevent u... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Week: If done laparoscopically or robotic as i do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As i tell my p... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Timmons: The timming of that symptom is very important. Early, withing a week it may be normal. Beyond that it can be an infection. Usually there should be ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually: I can tell you from personal experience that 4-12 weeks. 12 weeks for full all out recovery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Steroid : That is a topical steroid and it is ok to use but i would use one of the preparations specifically for hemorrhoids that contain steroids. One of those... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Lifestyle changes : Diet is 90 percent of the solution. By that i mean eating the tight things. I would recommend a low carb moderate good fat and high protein. Once tha... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
ABS: Exercise is just part of the equation. More important is loosing the fat that covered the abs so the right diet is the key. Get a personal trainer a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually: Usually if you noticed it and is causing some symptom yes.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Possible: They can be. Depends on size and symptoms.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Sometimes: An inguinal hernia can be large and extend into the scrotum impinging on the testicle. On occasions it can also draw the testicle into the inguinal c... Read More

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Testimonials
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Dec 9, 2012
Fantastic surgeon. Caring and talented. Impeccable care, respected by his peers and unparalleled ethics. If he can't take care of your problem, he will find someone who can.
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Mar 5, 2013
Very particular and straight to the point. Exactly how all Dr's should be!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lugo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Trying to tie in nanoknife/insurance/FDA approval for soft tissue tumors. Answer will happen at radiologists appointment rather than online. Bye!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Where can I find a hospital that deal with this diagnose? What about any surgery? In albania they don't do it. Thank you for reply.
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Thanks, will continue looking... (and since you asked, WRT GERD my manometry, 24h pH, 2x EGD & chest x-ray all normal & no response to lots of PPIs)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ponce School of Medicine, PR
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Alton Ochsner Hopsital

Residency

OCHSNER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL

Awards

top surgeon 2010
most compasionate doctor 2011
patients choice award 2011-2012

Affiliations

The Methodist hospital Physician Organization
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