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Dr. Jeffrey Clemens

General Surgery
CO
38 years experience

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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

Trauma Surgery

Wound care

Licenses

United States: Colorado

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

247 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Couple possibilities: Could be a recurrence of the cyst, an abscess, or a reaction to the suture used to close the wound. Impossible to tell without seeing it, have the doc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Several things: The wound needs to be cleaned, dead tissue or foreign body removed (debridement), any pus which is present needs to be drained, an extremity with an i... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: A hernia which is small and not causing any symptoms can be watched over time. It may enlarge or cause problems in the future, especially if you are d... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
6 weeks: The usual recommendation is to wait 6 weeks from the time of the surgery before doing heavy lifting. This is to avoid the risk of a hernia in one of t... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
You are OK: If there are no complications from the appendectomy you can eat anything you want.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
This is not normal: Would see your doctor, PEG tube might need to be exchanged for a larger new one, or the balloon on the catheter might be defective, if there is a ball... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Doctor should check: Pain may be from an injury to the blood vessel (artery) used for the angiogram. Blood leaks out of the artery and forms a painful lump called a pseudo... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Fissure: You may have a tear in the lining of the rectum from passing hard stool (called a fissure), Increase fiber in your diet (fruits and vegetables), and p... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Quite possible. How was a gallbladder attack diagnosed and what symptoms are you having?
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Unlikely: Sore throat is not a symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning. Chest tightness, nausea, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and confusion are the symptoms to ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
UTI: A urinary tract infection (UTI) would be the most likely, do you have any discomfort or blood in the urine? A urinalysis and urine culture would estab... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: If the tongue is swollen or extremely tender, or if he is having trouble speaking, swallowing or bleeding would be concerning. If there is just a line... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Cyst or not: Most commonly this would be a "lipoma", which is a lump of abnormal fat, or a sebaceous cyst, which is kind of chronic inflammation from old trauma. A... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
No: Oxalate is typically found in kidney stones, not gallbladder stones. Gallstones are mainly composed of cholesterol and some pigments. If you have calc... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: If it is a surgical wound, go back to the surgeon. If it is from some sort of trauma an emergency medicine doctor, internist or any type of surgeon sh... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Use lots of lubricant if this is an issue, and make sure your partner isn't too rough.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Testosterone level: Sounds like one testes is "atrophic", meaning shrunken and not functional. This could lover your testosterone level and cause lack of energy. Sperm co... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Chronic diarrhea?: If you are having diarrhea a month or two in duration you should probably get it checked out, an internist or gastroenterologist would be appropriate.... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possible infection: Swelling, redness, warmth, increased pain, drainage, and loss of function are classic signs of infection, would get it checked.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: Gallbladder polyps are usually benign, especially if less than 1 cm in diameter, and don't cause too many problems. However they are sometimes associa... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: CT would show cysts, although cysts are uncommon. Did you have some bleeding into the brain after the accident? The report would mention cysts if any ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Usually not: If the pain goes away quickly on its own and no other symptoms are present, would not be worried. Most likely inflammation of the cartilage in the rib... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Spine issue: The bones of the spinal column (vertebra) are not properly lined up. A retrolithesis means that one vertebra is pushed back a little bit. The back of... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
UTI: You probably have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is an infection in the bladder. Would get a UA (urine analysis), and a urine culture. Both of... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Normal anatomy: This is entirely normal, there is an artery in the temple area and most people will feel a pulse there. There is a syndrome called temporal arteritis ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Why it occurs?: Part of the body's response to a wound is the release of chemicals from inflammatory cells that cause the fine blood vessels (capillaries) to leak flu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Severe: A ruptured gallbladder will spill bile into the abdomen and you will have the worst abdominal pain imaginable, may be all areas or more confined to th... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Probably: I was able to find one interaction report that marijuana may increase the INR, but that shouldn't be an issue if you have the INR checked regularly. N... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Marijuana is used to treat poor appetite and cachexia (wt loss). The effect will be different depending on the THC/CBD ratio and the strain. https://w... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Internal bleeding is a common cause of shock. Depending on exactly what was injured, shock could occur within 5 to 10 minutes, and would certainly be ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Several: Most common is "biliary colic", which is pain in the right upper abdomen and gallstones on an ultrasound test. Second would be a nonfunctioning gallbl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Especially if there is repeated injuries over time. This can produce personality changes, difficulty thinking, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, heada... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Colon cancer: Colonoscopy is performed to detect early colon cancer, it is recommended at age 50 and then at 10 year intervals for average risk. If there is a perso... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: You don't give details, but a police report would be the first step against an individual.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
100%, almost: A rupture of the spleen should almost never be fatal, unless there are other injuries in the abdomen with internal bleeding that cannot be controlled.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Get this checked: The procedure you had (ERCP/sphincterotomy) can have some particular complications. I am guessing you had gallstones, one of those could be hung up in... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Visual: A wound infection is generally diagnosed just by looking at it. There will be redness, draining fluid, swelling, and tenderness to the touch. The only... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
More information: There are a large number of tests that might be done, mostly to detect any injuries to underlying organs or blood vessels. Depends on the location and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not necessarily: This may just mean you haven't eaten in a while and the gallbladder has accumulated a lot of bile. If you are having pain in the abdomen would get add... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Poor healing: Depends on how much dirt and whether there is infection. Infection may occur. The body may eventually remove the dirt by forcing it to the surface. If... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: If you are having pain in the upper abdomen, particularly after eating a fatty meal, get the gallbladder removed. If no problems at all it's likely sa... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Inflammation: Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach, commonly due to drugs, e.g. aspirin, infection (Helicobacter), or acid induced. Gastritis is c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Blocked pancreas: Gallstones can get into the plumbing around the liver, specifically into the common bile duct. The gallstone passes the plumbing for the pancreas on i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: In fact, that is the treatment for gallstone pancreatitis. Gallstones form in the gallbladder and there may be a large number of them. Only takes one ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: If you have had a loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness in an extremity, difficulty concentrating, severe headache, difficult t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Pain on the right: The usual symptoms include pain in the upper right abdomen, which may move to the back, usually lasting hours to a full day. Occasionally pain may occ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
General surgeon: General surgeons treat gallbladder problems, sometimes a gastroenterologist may get involved, especially if there are gallstones in the bile ducts
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Visual: Primarly just looking at the wound, redness of the wound, draining fluid (or pus), pain, swelling, and loss of function of the body part, e.g. a finge... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not usually: If the area is or has been bleeding, I would call it open. Usually from scratching. If no bleeding has occurred, would not call it open.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Many things: If you had a concussion, the symptoms should resolve on their own, usually within a few days, but may take months in some cases. Treatment is just res... Read More

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Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I will follow up with a nuro specialist as I am having symtoms that were listed. Thanks so much as I was not going to follow-up.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Clemens for the information! It is obviously a problem that the public needs to take very seriously.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr.Clemens for all yourkind professional details.Much appreciated to you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, the Colorado Springs Region - Spring
2017
Top Doctor, First Place, Colorado - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, First Place, the Colorado Springs Region - Spring
2017
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