Ask the Doc

Ask the doctor is a regular feature where we ask our doctors to share the answers to some of the most common questions their patients ask. They also use this as an opportunity to share helpful information about topics that will keep you healthy.

Breast cancer awareness

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

It’s October and breast cancer awareness month. When we talk about breast health, mostly we talk about breast cancer and for many, it can do real damage if you ignore the signs and symptoms, and don’t get help early.

Screening for Colon Cancer

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

While I’ve never known anyone who wanted colon cancer, I’ve also never known anyone who actually wanted a colonoscopy. Dr. Richard McNutt explains the process of a colonoscopy, click here to learn more!

Can I live without my gallbladder?

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

Your gallbladder absorbs quite a bit of fat at one meal. Without a gallbladder, you can still absorb fat, just not as much at one time.

What kind of surgery do you do?

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

This is probably the question I get asked most often – by my family, friends and patients. When I started my practice to Oconto Falls, I wanted to focus on the kind of surgeries that belong in a small town hospital.

Will Surgery Hurt?

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

In short, pain is a part of the healing process after surgery. But at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital we do our best – from start to finish – to understand your pain and individualize your treatment so that you feel better faster.

Skin cancer

Richard McNutt, M.D., General Surgeon

The key to an improved outcome in treating melanoma is an early diagnosis. Prevent what you can, diagnose early, treat completely and follow up. The great part is that with melanoma – prevention, early diagnosis and follow up can be done at home.

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