Rodney Kratz
Rodney J. Kratz, M.D.

Rodney J. Kratz, M.D.

Rodney J. Kratz, M.D.
Specialty

Colon/Rectal Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Anal Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Dx, Colon Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Colorectal Screening, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Laparoscopic Surgery, Polypectomy, Sigmoidoscopy, Surgery, Swedish Cancer Institute, Ulcerative Colitis

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check

Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Additional Information:

Dr. Kratz specializes in the diseases of the Colon and Rectum with an interest in the prevention of colon and rectal cancer, the treatment of HPV disease, and Robotic colon and rectal surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 

Married with three children, Dr. Kratz enjoys soccer, crossfit, snow boarding, hiking and music.

Personal Interests

Soccer, Snowboarding, Crossfit

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency

General Surgery, Indiana University

Fellowship(s)

Colon and Rectal Surgery, Northwest Colon and Rectal Clinic, Seattle, WA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Professional Associations:

ASCRS, NWSCRS, ACS

Additional Information:

Dr. Kratz specializes in the diseases of the Colon and Rectum with an interest in the prevention of colon and rectal cancer, the treatment of HPV disease, and Robotic colon and rectal surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 

Married with three children, Dr. Kratz enjoys soccer, crossfit, snow boarding, hiking and music.

What is Pilonidal Disease?

Pilonidal disease is a subcutaneous skin infection that occurs in the upper half of the gluteal cleft (the tailbone area, and/or between the buttocks). 

Etiology

The term “Pilonidal” means nest of hairs.  Interestingly, in 50% of reported cases, there was not any hair found within the pilonidal abscess.  This is routinely the case for females.  Although hair can contribute, the most common cause of pilonidal disease is an exploded follicle called a pit, which is located in the gluteal cleft, or midline region (between the buttocks). 

Who is at risk for Pilonidal disease?

Pilonidal disease is only slightly more common in men than women, and is most likely to occur between the ages of 16 – 26, correlating with puberty.  It should be noted that pilonidal disease can develop in younger and older age groups.  Pilonidal disease occurs less in Asian and black populations.  Other risk factors of pilonidal disease include:

  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Individuals with more body hair
  • Occupations with prolonged sitting

Diagnosing Pilonidal Disease

Pilonidal disease, similar to a large pimple, can burst through the skin by itself or may need to be lanced or drained to let the infected fluid escape.  Pilonidal disease is classified into three stages:

How to prepare for a colonoscopy & what it's like

In many cases, people who have had colonoscopy will say that the procedure itself was fine, since it is performed while the patient is under sedation. However, people tend to feel less favorable about the prep involved prior to the procedure. I recently had my first colonoscopy and decided to document my personal experience of the prep process on video to share with others.

Other frequently asked questions about colonoscopy:

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Offices

Colon & Rectal / Issaquah
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
3rd Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: 425-313-7075
Fax: 425-313-7175
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Map & Directions
Colon & Rectal Clinic / Ballard
1801 N.W. Market
Ballard Campus, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-386-6600
Fax: 206-386-2452
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Map & Directions
Colon & Rectal Clinic / First Hill
1101 Madison St.
First Hill Campus, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-6600
Fax: 206-386-2452
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Map & Directions

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