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Before & After Your Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, MD Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“I’ve seen patients who are relieved to find a specialist to handle the total knee joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Barry Clark of Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates. “Yet, they often don’t realize that their job was only 1/3 done. The weeks before and after surgery are also vitally important to a person’s ultimate recovery.”

Lung Cancer Screening with CT Scans

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Scot Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

For years, regular chest X-rays were recommended for smokers and others, who were at high risk of lung cancer.

Cardiac Stress Test. You May Need One

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amit Pande McLeod Cardiology Associates Little River-Loris

If you have ever run on a treadmill at your fitness center, you’ll have a good idea of your role in a cardiac stress test.

From a presentation by Charles Tatum, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

What is this painful pelvic problem? What are the risk factors? How does the doctor diagnosis it? And when is it time for you to go to your doctor?

Concussion Symptoms

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on Live 95 Good Morning Pee Dee with Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Say the word “concussion” and most of us think of a male football player. Football may be the most common cause of concussions, but many athletes in sports -- such as soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball and volleyball – or even a guy working in a garage can experience a concussion. So, it’s wise for all parents, grandparents, coaches and athletes (as well as backyard mechanics) to understand the signs of a concussion.

So Many Mammo Guidelines. What’s a Woman To Do?

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

“When it comes to discovering breast cancer, a woman can do a self-exam, looking for lumps or changes in the size or shape of the breast,” says Radiologist Dr. Noel Phipps, Medical Director of McLeod Breast Imaging. “Also, a physician or nurse can perform a clinical breast exam, feeling for lumps or other changes. Or the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer is the mammogram.* But the questions many women face are 1) when should I start getting mammograms and 2) how often should I get a mammogram?”

What Happens AFTER a Heart Attack

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associate

What You Want to Know

What to Expect After Incontinence Surgery

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Most women who undergo surgery for their urinary leakage see a significant improvement in their condition along with a reduction in the symptoms. The most common procedure for Stress Incontinence cures 70-90% of the women who choose this option.

Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopedics Seacoast

Nearly half the people over age 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Most are experiencing osteoarthritis caused by a lifetime of wear and tear. A small percentage of people developed arthritis after an accident to one of their joints. And a third group – the smallest, but most severe – suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Cardiac Treatment Options

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Evans P. Holland, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Heart disease and cardiovascular conditions can be treated in numerous ways, depending on the seriousness of the condition and the patient’s history or other medical problems.

Brain Cancer Overview. What you Need to Know.

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. William Naso Florence Neurosurgery & Spine

Let’s start with 3 pieces of good news:

Migraine + Smoking + Birth Control = Stroke

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically Review by Timothy Hagen, DO Neurologist

Migraine headaches are more common in women than men. Migraines can often be crippling, sending a women to a quiet, darkened bedroom.

Staying Balanced

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Harriet Jeffords, PT McLeod Outpatient Rehabilitation Director

When someone has a problem with their balance, we often point to the inner ear as the source of the issue or a “communication” glitch between the eye and the ear. Yet, your body’s system of maintaining its mass over the base of support is a complex interaction that also relies on your skeletal system, bones, joints and muscles.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

For many heart patients, treatment doesn’t end with surgery or medication. It includes the component of Cardiac Rehab – a physical rehabilitation program designed specifically for them. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains:


Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Dale Lusk

Fibroids – non-cancerous growths – that form in and around the uterus can cause heavy bleeding, pain, discomfort during sex and a frequent need to urinate. The most common way to eliminate the problem is for a woman to have the fibroids and her uterus removed through a hysterectomy. When the fibroids are removed, the bleed and pain will diminish.

You are the Key to Spotting Your Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

 Learn the Signs and Symptoms

Joint Replacement: Returning to Work & Recreation

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

As more and more younger people are having knee and hip joint replacements, they want to know when they can return to work. And no matter what age the total joint replacement recipient, they’ll want to know when they can resume recreation. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD, discusses research on when and what you can do after your procedure:

Medically reviewed by Mellissa Brooks, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Menopause announces its presence through a sizable list of hormonal and possible physical changes for a woman.

Heart Attack Symptoms: Not the Same for Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Women won't often seek care for a heart attack, because they don’t suffer what we know as the traditional symptom – chest pain. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains the signs women should look for and some of the unique risk factors women have.

New Developments in Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted on in Cancer

From the 2015 McLeod Health Cancer Report Article by Vinod K. Jona, MD McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates

Early detection, diagnosis, and staging of lung cancer across the entire spectrum often begins with the important procedures brought to bear by the pulmonologist in determining whether or not a lung cancer is present. One procedure for the pulmonologist is the basic bronchoscopy.

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