Dr. Douglas M. Iddings DO
Surgical Oncologist | Surgical Oncology302 Kensington Avenue Flint Michigan, 48503
Douglas M. Iddings, MD, FACS, is a surgical oncologist with a private practice in Michigan. As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Iddings has unsurpassed surgical training regarding the critical and up-to-date surgical treatment of cancer and orchestrates the best timing of different additional therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation if and when indicated. This comprehensive specialty care results in better outcomes when treating the most serious conditions. Dr. Iddings is a native of Michigan who attended Michigan State University medical school and is a fellowship trained surgical oncologist from the prestigious, world-class, John Wayne Cancer Institute. He is certified by the American Board of General Surgery and is also a member of the American Society of Oncology. Dr. Iddings is additionally a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Education and Training
Michigan State University
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 1999
American Board of General Surgery
SurgeryAmerican Board of SurgeryABS- 2006
Dr. Douglas M. Iddings DO's Expert Contributions
There are many types of rectal surgery. Hemorrhoid surgery is the worst and most painful but he will survive. Nothing worse than good. Local injections and lidocaine cream is a temporary fix. Should get better over the next four weeks. On the other hand, rectal cancer surgery can be difficult to recover but not quite as painful. Patients typically take Norco 1 to 2 pills a day and don’t exceed more than 4000 mg of Tylenol per day because there’s 325 mg of Tylenol in each Norco. There’s some other types of surgeries people confused with rectal surgery such as anal surgery and that whole area is very tender and painful. For sure. Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone READ MORE
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1 to 3 months. READ MORE
After a month or two you hope to make a full recovery. Surgery can be minimally invasive or through a large incision. It’s very common to have a robotic prostate surgery. There are many different kinds of prostate surgery but to remove the entire prostate using a robot he would hope to have a full recovery. There can be impotence/erectile dysfunction after the surgery. Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone READ MORE
Colon cancer surgery takes around an hour and a half to three hours. READ MORE
It depends on if it is a minimally invasive surgery or if it is an open type of surgery. Essentially a minimally invasive surgery is laparoscopically performed with an incision 6 cm or smaller to extract the portion of the colon. Anything longer than 6 cm is considered an open surgery. There are some variations on things but those are the two basic categories. It also depends on if this is a planned surgery or if it is emergent. It sounds like you’re having a planned surgery. People are in the hospital for 2 to 6 days depending on how they are recovering. People typically require narcotics for pain control so without pain medication colon surgery is very very painful. With pain medication than it is manageable. READ MORE
It depends on the details but resection of the bone with or without reconstruction is common. READ MORE
It can take basically from 2 to 4 hours but there are many factors that could affect the time it takes. READ MORE
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Minimally invasive (robotic or laparoscopic) will take 2 to 4 hours. Open will take less. If it takes longer then I would be concerned. READ MORE
Typically you could go back to work after a day or two for a simple polyp removal. If it is a read surgery such as a “trans anal resection” done by a surgeon (not a GI doctor), then it could be a bit longer ,but it should be quick and returning to work should be very fast. READ MORE
I think I’ve already responded to this question. Basically, the tumor needs to be removed. It is a little bit more difficult on the backside, but not much. A good surgeon will be able to handle this for you without a problem. Some tumors are so large, it requires removing the entire kidney, and if that’s needed and that will be needed, but if they feel if the tumor is small, the tumor can certainly be removed through many different ways and the fact that it’s on the back makes it a little bit more difficult robotically, but could be approached many different ways. It’s good that the first surgeon told you to go to another surgeon. You have to have a competent surgeon who can do pretty much anything and I think it’s good that you got referred to a different surgeon. READ MORE
Yes, most sporadic medium and small polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. If a person has hundreds of polyps, then that could be a sign of an underlying disease process and you may have to see a surgeon. Other polyps can be very, very large and those cannot be removed by colonoscopy. Other polyps can be malignant and may need surgery. READ MORE
I would say anywhere from 1 to 3 days. It could be longer depending. There are many bones and there are many different types of cancer. There are many types of different treatments and reconstruction options potentially. It’s very hard to say, but it certainly should not be several weeks in the hospital at all. You could imagine that a resection of a spine vertebrae would be much different than resection of a portion of the finger. It’s very hard question to answer. You really should have an oncology liaison that should be working with you and you should be able to have some contact person who could guide you through this process. READ MORE
Once you find a large breast cyst on exam, then they typically will not go away on their own. You could have several small cysts that come and go, so yes, I think they can go away in general or if you had some imaging that said you had a small cyst that next year it might not be there. In general, once you find one on your own, it must be pretty large and superficial and the majority of the time those won’t necessarily go away fast enough and people want those drained or removed. READ MORE
Colon cancer surgery can be traditionally opened or more often is a minimally invasive laparoscopic. Essentially, the recovery time is 1 to 3 months. You will be up and walking around the day after surgery and he will be able to sit in a chair and eat a meal after a few days. Bowel function should return within 3 to 5 days and you should be off of your pain medications in a couple of weeks. He will be up and around daily, but full recovery is different for everyone. If you are a roofer and you do concrete work as well, then recovery can be longer such as 2 to 3 months, while if you do a desk job, you could be back to work in two weeks. READ MORE
In general, it takes about 2 to 3 months for swelling to go down from abdominal surgery along the incision. There can be generalized abdominal bloating, which could go down much quicker, and there are many types of abdominal surgeries such as a hernia repair would be much different than eight organ transplant. Those are both potential abdominal surgeries. One could recover quickly enough to go back to work within one month. There’s even minimally and basic laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery where the incisions are quite small and patience can return to work quickly and the swelling is minimal. READ MORE
Rectal cancer comes in many forms. There is a trans anal excision for early cancers, there is a low anterior resection with reconnection with anal sphincter preservation and then there is the abdominal peroneal resection APR. Most rectal cancers are in an area where you can preserve the sphincter and if there’s going to be a resection with incisions on the abdomen and you’re going to preserve the sphincterThen it should be around three hours. Maybe a little more. Many patients have chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery in order to try and preserve the sphincter and improve negative margin successful surgery rates. Not a straightforward answer because the question is a little bit unclear. READ MORE
About three months to a year. Depending on if this was an open traditional surgery versus a robotic surgery and depending on how much land was removed. It also depends on if this was a cancer and if other chemotherapy treatments and radiation is needed as well. READ MORE
Low hemoglobin (hgb) after surgery means there was likely some blood loss during or after your surgery. There are other causes like dilution if you were dehydrated prior to surgery, so what I am saying is "in general" of course. Hgb is in the blood and carries oxygen to your tissues. If your levels were normal prior to surgery then having low levels means there was either blood loss or dilution from the IV fluid. The operative note should clearly state the "estimated blood loss" during the surgery or just ask your surgeon. All surgery is serious, but during some surgeries, a large amount of blood loss is expected and other surgeries a transfusion is likely to replace expected blood loss after levels of Hgb go down below 7 or so. If there was blood loss and you refuse a transfusion (due to religious reasons, i.e., JW), then an acute loss from normal (15) down to less than 5 can result in serious serious complications. Death is much more common when Hgb is <5 in this setting. To rebuild your own Hgb, you will need iron as that is the limiting factor commonly. If your Hgb is 10 or so, then that is common and it should slowly return to your pre-surgical levels in a couple of months. Problems from blood loss come immediately during or after the blood loss so the fact you're writing this question tells me you're doing pretty good. Good luck with your continued recovery. Recovery should take 1-2 months before you feel great. It's important not to smoke, maintain ideal fitness, and decrease your stress to make your recovery the best it can be. READ MORE
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- Muscle testing. 2. Reliability in clinical use.
- Physical therapy in the poliomyelitis respiratory patient; method of the Southwestern Poliomyelitis Respiratory Centre.
- Gastric carcinoma: applying the sentinel node paradigm to improve the understanding of metastatic patterns and the possible role of selective lymphadenectomy.
- Association of angiogenesis markers with lymph node metastasis in early colorectal cancer.
- Management of T2 gallbladder cancer: are practice patterns consistent with national recommendations?
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Associate Clinical Professor, Michigan State University -
- “Patients Choice” award, Every Year Since Starting Practice
- Skin Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- DO Member American Osteopathic Association
- John Wayne Cancer Institute - Surgical Oncology 2007
- John Wayne Cancer Institute
- St. Johns
- John Wayne Cancer Institute
Professional Society Memberships
- American Society of Oncology
What do you attribute your success to?
- Perseverance, Hard Work
Hobbies / Sports
- Exercise, Mountain Biking, Running
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