Dr. Mark Dickson

General Surgery
Sherman, TX
25 years experience male

Locations

Mark E. Dickson, MD, PA

Sherman, TX

Address

3305 N. Calais, Suite 100, Sherman, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Fax

(903) 957-0038

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Cigna

Medicare

About

Bio

I am a board-certified general surgeon and have been in private practice since 1993. I have a wide-ranging practice that includes many areas of surgery, including surgery of the abdominal organs, breast, thyroid, hernias, skin and soft tissue cancers, complex wounds, as well as trauma surgery and critical care.

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

Breast Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Licenses

United States: Oklahoma, Texas

Doctor Q&A

352 Answers
226 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Surgery : Typically with an operation to widely excise the primary site and remove the lymph nodes in the basin where it has spread to.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Sort of: There are certain genes that tend to run in families that can significantly increase your risk of breast cancer. That's why your hear about some fami... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Many things: Many things can cause rectal bleeding. The one we worry about most is cancer. Anyone with rectal bleeding needs to see a doctor to evaluate it furth... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
It can be: Anything that penetrates the abdomen, by definition, is penetrating abdominal trauma. It can be caused by a knife, a bullet, an arrow, shrapnel, an i... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Usually none: Long term side effects are non-existent.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
It can: Yes, it can, but so can a blockage of the colon. I assume that has already been ruled out?
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Your chance of having a colon cancer is higher since your mother had it. The cost of dealing with a colon cancer is much more expensive if it is caug... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Either one: Either one can do it. Usually the urologist is the one who decides when is the proper time for removal, so he or she usually does it. It usually jus... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
No: Short answer, no. Bleeding can have many causes, but gallbladder is not one of them. However, outside of normal menses, bleeding is not normal. If ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Call your surgeon: An infection could cause the fever. If so, you need antibiotics. Call your surgeon tonight to start that evaluation and treatment if necessary.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Many possibilities: It could be due to many things, from pregnancy to bowel obstruction to medications to gallbladder disease (even though you were told it wasn't). The ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Just the opposite: Aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture with increasing diameter. Generally they are treated expectantly with observation and antihypertensive... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Bulge: The cardinal sign of a hernia is a bulge in the soft tissue, usually in the groin or around the belly button or along an incision. It may or may not ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Sometimes: If your CEA was elevated at the time of diagnosis, then came down to normal postoperatively, a second rise can be due to recurrence of disease.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
2 causes: Stones that are found in the bile duct within 2 years after removing the gallbladder are considered to have originated in the gallbladder and passed i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, but...: That would be a truly last ditch effort to treat an otherwise benign problem. In addition to the potential complications of the operation itself, the... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not usually, but...: Painful breasts require a physician's evaluation, because the evaluation and treatment can be complex. It is rare, but possible for cancer to present... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
No: However, gallbladder disease can cause pain after eating.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Many things: It's easy to think you haven't done much physical activity, but forget about one thing that you've done differently recently. Other potential causes ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Sometimes: Small microperforations of the colon can heal with bowel rest and ANTIBIOTICS, but you need to be prepared for operation in case that doesn't work.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: To my knowledge, spironolactone has no effect on the risk of getting breast cancer. None of your stated conditions does either.
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Blockage?: A blockage of the bile duct, from a stone or mass or injury to the bile duct, can cause dark urine. If your duct has already been cleared at operatio... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Probably not related: Unless you've also had other symptoms since your operation, a fever 5 wks post-op is likely due to a different cause than your operation.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
It depends: Some people get better within a few days, others take a few weeks. Everyone is different.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Could be gallbladder: Among other things, it could be your gallbladder causing that pain. If so, you may need to have it removed. Call your doctor to start the workup for... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Usually nothing: Rarely it could cause complications such as infection if it is loculated off.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Re-routing: A gastroenterostomy is a fashioning of a connection between the stomach and the jejunum, (the second section of the small bowel). It can be done to b... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Either is ok: Just keep the stockings on and your legs elevated above the level of your heart whenever you are not walking for the next 2-3 wks.
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A male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not urgent : With a hernia, we worry about the possibility of a loop of bowel becoming stuck, causing an obstruction or gangrene. This is unpredictable but when i... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: I tell my patients that nuts are ok. In the past it was thought that nuts caused problems for people with diverticuli, but I've seen at least one stu... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Certainly: See a podiatrist as soon as possible. He or she may be able to help.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Gallbladder removal: Cholecystectomy means removal of the gallbladder. It can be done either open (the way we've done it for over a hundred years with a long incision und... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: To my knowledge, there is no interaction between Zyrtec and Pravachol (pravastatin).
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Need monitoring: Generally, only 6 a day is not usually a problem, but potential complications include stomach ulcers that may bleed or perforate, kidney problems and ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Typically not: There are many more causes of breast pain that are more common than cancer. Having said that, cancer can cause breast pain in certain circumstances. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes : You may have an infection above the stone, which can become very serious very fast. The ER can tell if that is the case or not. If it is, urgent trea... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes indeed.: The appendix is typically not removed during a Whipple operation.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Structural only: The difference is structural only, how the melanoma cells rise up above the level of the surrounding skin or not. The causes are no different. Nor ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. It will usually worsen the first 2 days after the trauma, then start to improve. Scrotal support, ice and NSAID's such as ibuprofen can ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Nonspecific: I actually had to look this up because I had never heard of it before--and I've been in medicine over 30 yrs now. The symptoms are very non-specific ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Big subject: A liver transplant is a huge lifestyle change for the patient and his family. It is usually a welcome change because the prior liver disease is awful... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Ductal stone?: You can get stones in the salivary duct that drains your parotid gland which can cause the gland to swell and hurt. You need to see your doctor. If ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Good with treatment: Believe it or not, we have data from World War 2 concentration camps where there were plenty of doctor prisoners but no treatment available. They fou... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
No: Usually, when one finds a cancer during or shortly after a procedure, it is because of heightened attention to an area, not because the operation caus... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Muscle strain?: It is common to have muscle soreness after physical activity. And guess what, the older we get, the more we feel it! At age 22, you are now entering... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not usually problem: Especially in young women, free fluid can be due to ovulation and is nothing to worry about. If you've had some trauma, though, it's something to be ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Check for infection: Urinary tract infections are common in sexually active women and need antibiotics if present. They can cause symptoms like yours. See a doctor to get... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not even: Your Body Mass Index (available as an online calculator on many sites) is 23.8, which is in the normal range. Congratulations!
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Need more info: One of the many possible causes for your symptoms could be gallbladder disease. A complete history and exam by a physician can point the way to the a... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 25 years experience
Can't tell: No way to tell without a history and exam, and maybe an ultrasound. A visit to your doctor can get the evaluation started.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks. I'd already stopped it, but worry re why effectiveness would go from 100% to 0. What if someday if I am, say, in the ER and given something like this & it does...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! It happened at work so now I have to wait for a "workers comp" physician to contact me to be seen. Bought a neck brace b/c it hurts constantly. It has helped ...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! No matter what the outcome, thanks for helping me breathe a little bit easier for the time being.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

Texas Tech
Completed 1993

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Dallas Region - Spring
2015
Top General Surgeon, Second Place, Texas - Spring
2015
Top General Surgeon , Second Place, Texas - Spring
2016

Affiliations

Fellow American College Of Surgeons
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