Dr. Jeffrey Clemens

General Surgery
CO
39 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Reflux: You may have reflux, which is when some fluid from the stomach makes it back up the esophagus and into the mouth. There may be some chest pain/burning... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Drinking can impair thinking ability and may mask symptoms from a head injury. May also make concussion symptoms worse. Would give it a few weeks at t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Rare: 10 to 65 people per 100,000
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Would not recommend this. High risk of an infection and the keloid will likely recur and may be even worse. Keloids are caused by abnormal inflammatio... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe normal: Sounds like you are experiencing what is called palpitations, an anti anxiety drug may be helpful. EKG and possibly what is called a Holter monitor wo... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: You can take 2 norco, up to every four hours as needed. Mobic is also safe to take, it is a pain medication but works differently than norco.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
A ventilator: A ventilator assists In cases where someone is unable to breath effectively on their own, for any of a number of reasons, trauma, stroke, head injury,... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Two separate problems, although they may occur together.
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Mineral oil: Put mineral oil in the ear (should be able to get at any drug store). Leave in 20 or 30 minutes, which kills the bug. Should then be able to gently fl... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Urologist: I would see a urologist, you don't mention any trauma to the area. A non-healing wound is always concerning. Chronic infection is most likely, but the... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Gas in abdomen: I am guessing you had the laparoscopic surgery. As part of the surgery gas (nitrogen) is pumped into the abdominal cavity to create a space within the... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Antibiotics: The antibiotics used to treat appendicitis, or any infection in fact, can cause diarrhea. The antibiotic kills helpful bacteria in the GI tract, allow... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Several causes: Any history of trauma to the area, any changes to the skin in the area? any history of other medical problems? Possibilities include a sebaceous cyst,... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Are the "glands" underneath the jaw further back, or right at the chin? Most likely lymph nodes, but there are other causes. A viral infection is the ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Perhaps: Lipomas are usually firm and lumpy, something like a jellybean under the skin, would not call squishy. so I'm not sure what it is. Safest thing is to ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: The lump under the skin is called a healing ridge, it's basically scar tissue that forms around the hernia repair. Is usually worse if mesh was used t... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
More information: Is there swelling, redness, fever, or a rash, do you have a prior history of breast disease, breast disease in your family? Would have a doctor check,... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
More information: Is there a separation of the edges of the wound, redness, draining fluid or increased pain? What concerns you about this wound? Seven days is an appro... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: An arthroscopy in the operating room should be done to gauge the severity of the injury, especially if you are having symptoms (pain, unsteady knee, k... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
More testing: Ultrasound of the gallbladder should be performed, if that is negative a CT scan of the abdomen would be helpful. There are additional tests that are ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, normal: Entirely normal, especially when lying down or bearing down. Only abnormal if there are other symptoms, the most concerning would be shortness of brea... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Cyst or lipoma: The most common causes would be a sebaceous cyst or a fatty lump (lipoma). A clot in a vein or a foreign body are also possible. Unlikely but possible... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Slight risk: Straining soon after surgery could potentially tear out some internal sutures and lead to a hernia down the road. Symptoms for a hernia would be swell... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: This would depend on the reason for the death of the recipient. Could potentially be done but a double transplant of an organ would be pretty unusual.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Spinal problem: This is most likely secondary to spinal disease with possible nerve root compression. If this pain is severe and came on suddenly, there may be a mor... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: If there are only a few cancer areas (nodules) surgery may be an option. Depends on the number and location of the cancerous nodules, a surgeon should... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Probably gallbladder: This is a common symptom of gallbladder disease. Avoid fatty foods and ask the doctor to mover the surgery up if you are having severe problems.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely: Bone cancer is rare, so it is likely not a cancer right out of the gate. Where is this lump, behind the ear? If so, it's likely normal anatomy (mastoi... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
More info needed: How was this diagnosed and are you having any symptoms? The momentum can be easily removed with an open operation, and it might be possible via laparo... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly: The best gallbladder test is an ultrasound of the abdomen, and if there is concern for a blockage, a HIDA scan (pronounced hide-a) may be ordered. Thi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: If it is bothering you I would have it surgically removed. It is an easy quick outpatient procedure. Likely this is a fatty lump called a lipoma but v... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Either: If you want the skin wound closed in a certain way, ask the surgeon prior to the procedure. If there is a lot of fatty tissue in the abdominal wall or... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Swelling: Hernias occur when there is a weakness in the abdominal wall, there is swelling or a lump in the area, and there may be dull achy pain or heaviness. T... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Normal process: Blood cells such (white blood cells, platelets) and other tissue cells release chemical factors called cytokines that initiate healing. This results i... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Absolutely: Depression is a common symptom, along with difficulty concentrating, memory loss, problems sleeping, dizziness, headache and personality change.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Histology: Thyroid tumors are classified based on the appearance of a biopsy under the microscope (histology). There are benign tumors, adenomas, multi nodular g... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
More info: There are a large number of things that could cause a lump in the neck you should have a doctor check you. Do you mean a lump on the outside that is ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Wound infection: You should see the OB/GYN who did the surgery, sounds like a wound infection and there may be pus under the skin which has not drained properly. The t... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
A month or two: You can have diarrhea after a fatty meal when the gallbladder has been removed. This should resolve as the body adjusts to not having a gallbladder, a... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Gallbladders cannot be put back in. Are you having diarrhea or frequent urination?
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: There is a syndrome called a conversion reaction, where an emotional trauma can cause temporary blindness. It is not well understood why this happens,... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly: The usual culprit here is that gallstones got out of the gallbladder before it was removed, even during the surgery. Rarely gallstones can form in the... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Get checked: If there is a question of infection, go back to the surgeon, would not wait any longer. Symptoms of an infection include redness, swelling, pain, the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: If the infection is near to the skin level and there is little or no tissue damage, could be easily treated. If the infection is deep within the body ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: A hernia near the belly button causes a lump in the area that comes and goes, worse when standing or pushing out with the abdominal muscles. Usually g... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: This will depend on what injuries occurred from the stab wound. If injuries are confined to an area just below the skin, you might even go straight ho... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: very rarely, if the spleen is injured and some of the spleen tissue implants elsewhere in the abdomen. This is very rare though, usually the spleen is... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Betadine is not used on an open wound, as it impairs wound healing. There is one exception, a draining wound on a foot with poor blood flow, and even ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: I wouldn't risk it. Nothing has changed with the pancreatitis, and in fact there may be scarring in the pancreatic duct that makes pancreatitis more l... 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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