Contact Dr. Joe Frankhouse in Portland, Oregon, OR (503) 334-4255
About Dr. Frankhouse
JOE FRANKHOUSE, M.D.
LEGACY MEDICAL GROUP
DIVISION OF COLORECTAL SURGERY & SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
HEMORRHOID CARE CENTERS
GENITAL WARTS CENTER
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Dr. Joe Frankhouse
Appointment Scheduling: (503) 334-4255
M-F 9am-5pm (Regular Appointments)
About the Doctor
Joe Frankhouse, M.D.
|I currently am the director of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. Legacy and I joined together in January 2011 to provide compassionate, personalized, and the most up to date care for the patient with colorectal diseases. The concept was to provide care ranging from the everyday but sensitive subject of hemorrhoids to the more complex challenges of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Legacy has supported me in my goal of bringing together all the various specialty physicians who can collectively provide the best care for patients by sharing of ideas yet basing decisions on national guidelines.
Prior to joining Legacy, I had been a part of the Colon and Rectal Clinic/Surgical Specialty Group since 2007. Before that I had been a practicing general surgeon here in Portland beginning in 1997. I was with an excellent surgical group called Surgical Associates, and primarily practiced at Good Samaritan Hospital. My surgical experience is quite broader and varied than most Colorectal Surgeons. I started my career doing a variety of procedures ranging from vascular surgery to breast surgery and, of course, gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Interest and experience in minimally invasive surgery led me to eventually focus my practice on GI surgery, which included surgical procedures of the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, and intestines. Ultimately, I realized that subspecialty training in Colorectal Surgery would further strengthen my ability to bring the best care possible to my patients, so my family and I moved to Los Angeles during 2006-07 to complete a fellowship at USC. The exposure to extremely complicated cases of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, not to mention the large volume of “straightforward” anorectal cases was an invaluable experience.
When it comes to common anorectal conditions like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistulae, or warts, I realize it’s an extremely sensitive subject matter to discuss, let alone have someone examining you in that area. My staff and I strive to make each patient feel safe and comfortable in our exam rooms. The equipment is sterilized thoroughly or is disposable, and the lubricant has local anesthetic mixed into it. All instruments are warmed and only used if needed to see what the cause of problems are. If your discomfort won’t allow an exam, then that’s OK. We can usually figure out the problem with simple examining measures, or at worst, schedule an exam under anesthesia.
As far as hemorrhoids are concerned, most can be treated in the office with minimal discomfort. I typically will offer rubber band ligation or infrared coagulation as first line treatment for internal hemorrhoids. These are the ones that commonly bleed, but not significant pain. Those procedures last 10 minutes and only require you to take it easy that day. It’s not unusual to need more than one treatment 6-12 weeks later, but the “impact” upon the patient is easy to tolerate. Only advanced hemorrhoidal disease, or those cases where we do not make progress with office therapy require surgery. Among those, the majority can be treated with the “Stapled Hemorrhoidopexy” which has less discomfort than the traditional excisional hemorrhoidectomy. Each case is different and each patient has different objectives, so I try my best to listen to you before making recommendations.
Be aware that many patients come to see me convinced they have hemorrhoidal disease only to discover after my exam that the problem is something entirely different. Others have bleeding presumed to arise from hemorrhoids that are coming from tumors, benign or malignant, of the colon or rectum. Often colonoscopy is required to rule out other disease states, polyps or cancer, so that we can safely focus our attention upon the bleeding hemorrhoids. That is an important reason to see a physician Board Certified in Colon and Rectal Surgery, who has proven by virtue of additional fellowship training with continuing education in this field, to ensure you are being treated by someone with the most advanced understanding of proven treatments for various diseases of the colon, rectum or anus.
JOSEPH HARRISON FRANKHOUSE, MD
Oregon – MD 20358
6/98 – Board Certified – American Board of Surgery
1981-1985 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
American College of Surgeons- Fellow
Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR – Active
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:
Carbon dioxide digital subtraction arteriography assisted percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Frankhouse JH, Ryan MD, Yellin AE, Weaver FA. Ann Vasc Surg 1995; 9(5): 448-452.
Upregulation of angiotensin II type 1 receptor gene expression in chronic renovascular hypertension. Modrall JG, Quinones MJ, Frankhouse JH, Hsueh WA, Weaver FA, Kedes LH. J Surg Res 1995, 59:135-140.
A prospective study of carbon dioxide-digital subtraction versus standard contrast arteriography in the evaluation of the renal arteries. Schreier DZ, Weaver FA, Frankhouse JH, Papanicolaou G, Shore E, Yellin AE, Harvey F. Arch Surg 1996; 131:503-508.
Angiotensin converting enzyme gene expression is upregulated in chronic renovascular hypertension. Modrall JG, Frankhouse JH, Weaver FA. Surgical Forum 1996; Vol. XLVII.
Pulmonary torsion of the right upper lobe after right middle lobectomy for a stab wound to the chest. GC Velmahos, J Frankhouse, M Ciccolo. J Trauma 1998; 44(5):920-2.
Determinants of Survival after Inferior Vena Cava Trauma. Kuehne J, Frankhouse JH, Modrall G, Shapour G, Aziz I, Demetriades D, Yellin A. American Surgeon 1999 65(10):976-81.
Accordion deformity of a tortuous external iliac artery after stent-graft placement. Quinn SF, Kim J, Sheley R, Frankhouse JH. Journal of Endovascular Therapy 2001;8(1):93-98.
A prospective analysis of microsatellite instability as a molecular marker in colorectal cancer. Chang E, Johnson N, Dorsey P, Frankhouse J. American Journal of Surgery 2006; 191(5): 646-651.
Vascular Injury Secondary to Intravenous Drug Abuse, Frankhouse JH, Yellin AE, Weaver FA, in Current Therapy in Vascular Surgery, Third Edition. 1995, Ernst C and Stanley J, editors. Mosby, St. Louis, MO.
Popliteal and Infrapopliteal Arterial Trauma. Frankhouse JH, Yellin AE, Weaver FA, in Arterial Surgery: Management of Challenging Problems, 1995, Yao J and Pearce W, editors. Appleton and Lange, Stamford, CT.
Laparoscopic Aortic Reconstruction in a Porcine Model, at the Fourth World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, Kyoto, Japan, June 1994.
Carbon dioxide digital subtraction arteriography assisted percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, at the Fall Meeting of the Southern California Society of Vascular Surgery, San Diego, CA, September 1994.
Microsatellite instability in colon cancer: An independent predictor of prognosis, at the 2005 Oregon Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Sunriver, OR.
Microsatellite instability as a molecular marker in colon cancer, at North Pacific Surgical Association 2005, Vancouver, BC.
Legacy Portland Hospital Cancer Conference:
Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Grand Rounds:
HONORS AND AWARDS:
OHSU Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award 1999 – 2000
Sentinel Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer: Does it provide more accurate staging?
Microsatellite Instability and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes as predictors of prognosis in colorectal cancer.
HIV and Anal Cancer: Anal condylomata and risk of dysplasia.