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Week of July 14, 2003

    Question:   My husband was diagnosed with tarsal coalition in both feet. His doctor recommended surgery one foot at a time. He had surgery on his left foot for the second time in April. Since the surgery, he has been in severe pain. I had to take him to the emergency room to control the pain...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I had a barium enema and the radiologist commented that I had an extra 2-4 feet of large intestine. Could this be related to megacolon? Is it advisable to have the extra colon removed as I suffer from stomach aches constantly and have a large bulge on the right side of my colon? I have already had one surgery to close a ventricle hernia. Are there web links so I can read up on this and other related problems?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I am an uncircumsized male. I have a tight foreskin which is retractable when flaccid, but is impossible to retract when erect. I do not wish to be circumcised and do not suffer from fungal infections or anything else. I am looking for procedures or help with this problem without having to be circumcised. Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer