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Rodney J. Kratz, MD

Colorectal Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Education
Institution
Type
Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical School
General Surgery, Indiana University
Residency
Colon and Rectal Surgery, Northwest Colon and Rectal Clinic, Seattle, WA
Fellowship
Professional Associations
ASCRS, NWSCRS, ACS
Personal Interests
Soccer, Snowboarding, Crossfit
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Surgery, Colorectal
Services
Clinical Interests
  • altemeier procedure
  • anal abscess
  • anal cancer
  • anal cerclage
  • anal dilation
  • anal dysplasia
  • anal fissure
  • anal fistula
  • anal fistula repair
  • anal incontinence surgery
  • anal pain
  • anal polyp
  • anal spasm
  • anal sphincterotomy
  • anal stenosis
  • anal ulcer
  • anal warts
  • anorectal abnormalities
  • anorectal cancer
  • anorectal disease
  • anorectal myectomy
  • anoscopy
  • appendiceal carcinoid
  • appendix cancer
  • benign carcinoid of colon
  • benign carcinoid tumor of rectum
  • benign neoplasm of colon
  • bladder fistula
  • bleeding hemorrhoids
  • blood in stool
  • bowel resection
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • colectomy
  • colitis
  • colon stenting
  • colonic polyps
  • colonoscopy
  • colorectal malignancy
  • colorectal screening
  • colostomy
  • colovaginal fistula
  • condylomata acuminata
  • constipation
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • delorme procedure
  • diverticular disease
  • diverticulitis
  • diverticulosis
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • enterovesical fistula
  • excision of external hemorrhoidal tags and papillae
  • excision single external papilla or tag anus
  • familial polyposis
  • fecal incontinence
  • fissurectomy
  • foreign body in anus and rectum
  • foreign body in intestine and colon
  • gastric anomaly
  • gastric ulcer surgery
  • gastric volvulus
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gastroduodenal fistula
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • gastrojejunostomy
  • genital warts
  • hematochezia
  • hematuria
  • hemicolectomy
  • hemorrhoid treatment
  • hemorrhoidopexy stapling
  • hemorrhoids
  • hemorrhoids with complications
  • hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer
  • idiopathic megacolon
  • ileitis
  • ileo-anal anastomosis
  • ileo-colonic fistula
  • ileoscopy
  • ileostomy
  • incision and drainage of deep pelvirectal abscess
  • incision and drainage of perianal abscess
  • incision of anal septum
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • intestinal obstruction
  • laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection of the rectum
  • laparoscopic anterior resection
  • laparoscopic cecectomy
  • laparoscopic colectomy
  • laparoscopic rectal prolapse repair
  • laparoscopic sigmoidectomy
  • laparoscopy
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • low anterior resection
  • malignant carcinoid tumor of colon
  • malignant carcinoid tumor of rectum
  • malignant neoplasm of colon
  • malignant rectal neoplasm
  • megacolon
  • megarectum
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • metastatic colon cancer
  • metastatic melanoma
  • mile's resection
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • paracolostomy hernia
  • parastomal hernia
  • partial colectomy
  • pelvic mass
  • perianal haematoma
  • peridiverticular abscess
  • personal history of colonic polyps
  • pilonidal cyst
  • polypectomy
  • proctectomy
  • proctitis
  • proctocolectomy
  • proctoplasty for stenosis
  • proctosigmoidoscopy
  • prolapse colostomy
  • pseudopolyposis of colon
  • radiation proctitis
  • rectal abscess
  • rectal bleeding
  • rectal fistula
  • rectal hemorrhage
  • rectal pain
  • rectal polyp
  • rectal prolapse
  • rectocele
  • rectourethral fistua
  • rectovaginal fistula
  • recurrent colorectal cancer
  • refashioning of colostomy
  • removal anal seton marker
  • repair anal fistula
  • repair of anal fistula with fibrin glue
  • repair of paracolostomy hernia
  • repair of rectal prolapse
  • repair of rectocele
  • repair of rectourethral fistula
  • repair of rectovaginal fistula
  • retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • revision of colostomy
  • seton placement
  • severe dysplasia of rectum
  • sigmoid volvulus
  • sigmoidectomy
  • sigmoidoscopy
  • solesta
  • sphincteroplasty
  • sphincterotomy
  • subtotal colectomy
  • surgical staging
  • surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis
  • tenesmus
  • transrectal drainage of pelvic abscess
  • ulcerative colitis
  • volvulus of colon
Videos
Colon or rectal cancer diagnosis: should I get a second opinion?
How to prepare for Colonoscopy
Rodney J. Kratz
Blog Posts
By: Rodney Jon Kratz, MD
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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 ri...


By: Rodney Jon Kratz, MD
Thursday, March 1, 2012

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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