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Dr. Ronen Elefant

Critical Care
PA
14 years experience male

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PA

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PA
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Bio

I am a double-boarded practicing physician/surgeon and have a passion for what I do. I feel honored and lucky to be doing what I love and strongly support this platform as a way for doctors and patients to connect in new and innovative ways. No longer should you be frustrated with travel times to your doctor, sitting for hours in a waiting room to then only get a few minutes of your doctors time. This platform frees both the patient and the doctor from the administrative burden that comes with the control that government and insurance companies have imposed on a once honored physician-patient relationship. I hope that I serve you well.

Specialties
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Critical Care

General Surgery

Licenses

United States: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

55 Answers
1 Agree
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Oxygen Delivery: Blood carries oxygen to your tissues which is vital for life. The two main organs which are most sensitive to decreased oxygen supply are your brain a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Probably not: Internal hemorrhoids in general dont cause symptoms other than rectal bleeding.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Read below: It is one type of weight loss surgery that has gained popularity over the last decade. The stomach is shaped like a sack and its primary function is f... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Rarely: An antrectomy is a rarely performed operation these days. It used to be a common procedure performed before the age of gastric acid reducing medicatio... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Unlikely: Unless you have an inherited or congenital abnormality of connective tissue, it's unlikely at your age. It is not unusual to be able to feel an abdomi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
More treatment: Sounds like it hasnt been treated correctly or you have a recurrence. There may also be a persistent abscess or some anatomic reason why this isnt get... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Years of schooling: An intensivist is a doctor who is board certified in critical care. This can be a fellowship (additional training) after a 3 year medical residency or... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Unlikely: If its on the palmar side of the wrist this could be a ganglion cyst. This will not go away on its own and may require a steroid injection or surgery.... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
YES: once you get C diff you can relapse again. Usually it will occur with another hospitalization or antibiotic use. You should use a probiotic and eat yo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Yes: An epidural is generally done at a higher spinal level than where the usual location for a pilonidal cyst is. It should be of no concern.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Outpatient Surgery: This should be a relatively simple outpatient procedure depending on the size of the sentinel pile.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Call your surgeon: This depends on what type of surgery you had and the specific symptoms. Either way, your surgeon or his/her assistant should be available to answer qu... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Should be none: Removing the right atrial appendage should have very little if any physiologic consequences. It is more of a vestigial structure that is frequently ma... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Dehydration?: This can sometimes be a side effect of dehydration. I suggest drinking plenty of fluids prior to exercising, preferably water. Additionally, try to ta... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Depends: If any of the following are true you should go to the ER tonight: nausea, vomiting, inability to tolerate any food, fever, chills, pain so severe that... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
If cta negative- no: As long as you get the appropriate diagnostic test like an arterial phase CT of the chest, it's unlikely the aorta as that is a pretty sensitive test.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Get the CT: Get the CT scan. If its negative there will be nothing to be nervous about.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Not sure: If what you mean by exertional compartment syndrome is what is colloquially known as 'shin splints' then you may experience that after massage. True c... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Yes: A varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the veins draining the testicle. Open inguinal hernia surgery is performed in close proximity to these vein... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Maybe gallbladder?: Depending on radiation of pain to and associated symptoms this could be due to gallbladder, stomach or heart. These internal organs have nerves which ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Depends: It really all depends on what the root cause of your colitis is. After multiple episodes of diverticulitis, you should have a discussion with your sur... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Gas rises : Gas rises so when you're in an upright position it takes a lot more force to get it out. Once you lie down the gas redistributes and is in a better po... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Grey area: Usually refers to the last few centimeters as the ileum enters the cecum. Its not defined by any anatomic landmark.... maybe the ligament of treves, i... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Allergy: This could very well be an allergy. Keep a record of any foods or environmental exposures that precede these symptoms and see if there's a consistent ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Unlikely: That would be pretty rare. Compartment syndrome is usually caused by severe trauma to an extremity (arm or leg) from either soft tissue injury or a fr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Receptors: These three medications are used to support the heart and cardiovascular system ie. blood pressure and heart rate. They are known as sympathomimetics ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Bleeding ulcer: Black stool can be due to blood from as high in the GI tract as your stomach. As red blood makes its way down your GI tract it can turn your stool bla... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
No: VASCULAR problems causing R blindness would be due to R carotid. The artery to the eye is fed by the same side carotid artery, therefore temporary R ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Abnormal protrusion: A hernia (anywhere) is a protrusion, or something sticking out where it's not supposed to. An inguinal hernia refers to contents from within the abdom... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Never: Those are serious and dangerous medications and should only be administered in an intensive care setting by a qualified physican.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Seek pro advice: Symptoms include nausea/vomiting, abdominal distention. Inability to pass flatus and possibly stool. This can be diagnosed with an abdominal Xray and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Bilirubin: The liver usually "cleans up" the products (bilirubin) that are released when old red blood cells in your body get recycled. In liver failure, these p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
No but: The bile ducts should not change in size after cholecystectomy. The more important question is why are you getting all these CT scans. You're pretty y... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Yes: We're still unsure what causes it but one theory is that the fat appendage on the colon gets twisted which cuts off its blood supply. This can certain... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Yes: Aspirin interferes with the inherent natural defense of the stomach to protect itself from the corrosive acid which it produces for breakdown of food.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Interval training: During training you need to maintain a constant aerobic level with intermittent high intensity bursts. After these bursts do not stop or slow down but... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Must talk to surgeon: This should be an hour-long discussion that depends on your specific diagnosis as well as family and personal history. 400 words wont justify an answe... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Get it checked out: This could be a lymph node, a lipoma (abnormal growth of fat) or depending on location may be a branchial cleft cyst. If its been there for more than ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
A few things: It could be hemorrhoids or an anal fissure (though a fissure is usually painful). You can try "Calmoseptine" cream once or twice daily, sold at local ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Yes: Done by the right surgeon it is not any less safe than say, laparoscopic surgery. Depending on the specific type of surgery you're asking about it may... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
A bit more info: First off: how do you know it's a sigmoid mass? Do you mean left lower quadrant mass? Does it go away ever? The answer to colonoscopic diagnosis depen... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Get an XRay: You should probably go to the Emergency Department or your Primary Care Physician. Even if youre able to walk there could be a fracture of the iliac c... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Go to ER: This sounds like it could be serious, go get evaluated at your local emergency room immediately. At the very least sounds like she needs IV fluids and... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Maybe: Not recommended. Best to not try it and not worry about it.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Depends: How recent was your surgery? It could be postop pain. Can also be retained stone or primary stone, or possibly another diagnosis such as a peptic ulce... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Endometreiosis: If you havent had prior surgery it could be endometriosis. You should talk about this with your GYN at your next appointment.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Cardiac problems: the most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Not recommended : You should really stick to a bland diet, but even that doesn't guarantee that you won't have another attack of biliary colic.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Depends: Closure by secondary intention refers to letting the body do its thing and scar down rather than 'primary' closure which would be suturing or stapling... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 14 years experience
Get a Diagnosis: Do you know the cause of your abdominal pain? Has that been properly worked up? Being on chronic narcotics in itself can be a cause for severe abdomin... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Elefant is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Elefant is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 4, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks, I was hoping you would say yes so I would have some answers. I will continue to follow up with my doctors.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks, booked in for an ultrasound tomorrow for my ongoing stomach pain :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank u very much for taking ur time to help me

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Trauma Surgeon , Second Place, National - Fall
2014
HealthTap Doctor Mom

Affiliations

Eastern Association For The Surgery Of Trauma
American College Of Surgeons
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