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Reasons You Need Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total knee or hip replacements, formerly done mostly on people between 60 and 80, are now being done on many active people younger than 60 and, yes, individuals older than 80, who don’t want to lose their mobility.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Don’t Wait

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Pelvic Prolapse is shorthand for the condition when a woman’s bladder, uterus or vagina slip.

3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

“The best way to prevent colon cancer is to have a screening colonoscopy,” says McLeod Gastroenterologist Dr. Timothy Spurling. “If we find and remove polyps, we prevented them from turning into colon cancer. I also have three other tips to lower your risk.”

Arthritis Meds and FDA Warning

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

In early 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered stronger warning labels on non-prescription NSAIDs.

Learn the Type of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Our region has much to be proud of. However, being #1 in the county for arterial diseases, such as strokes, is not an honor so much as an indication we can do better. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD offers this important background.

Schedule a Colonoscopy

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer – tumors in the lower part of the large intestine – is only the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. However, it ranks second as the cause for deaths due to cancer.

Tips on Exercising After TJR

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Exercise is a key to successful recovery after a knee or hip joint replacement. The goals are simple, but essential:

Do You Need a DXA bone screening.

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

The dangers of osteoporosis and fractures – especially of the hip – grow as a woman ages. Yet, many women, who should be screened, are not taking advantage of this simple, painless test.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD

As part of an annual survey by the American Heart Association, people were asked if they knew what is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) was.

Special Training to Avoid ACL Injury

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

Milkshakes, Pudding & Peanut Butter: Cancer & Nutrition

Posted on in Cancer

Reviewed by Kitty Finklea Registered Dietician

“If there can be any good news about Cancer Treatment, this is it: You may be encouraged to add foods to your diet that most of us are cautioned to avoid,” says McLeod Registered Dietitian Kitty Finklea. “Cancer can change the way your body uses food. And loss of appetite is a common side effect of chemo and radiation therapy.”

Stroke Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview on Good Morning Pee Dee with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

We live in the “stroke belt” of the United States – a region that runs from Texas to South Carolina. This designation isn’t something for which we seek recognition, since it points to the prevalence of risk factors for strokes in our communities.

Talk to your OB/GYN about Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Assoc.

Embarrassment for personal incontinence is understandable and can cause you to put off seeing a doctor. First, remember – you are not alone. One source says women wait an average of more than 6 years before finally seeking help for their incontinence. On the average only 10% of women who experience urinary incontinence will seek professional medical help.

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Assoc.

Much like winners in the TV game show “Jeopardy,” a cancer patient’s chances for success are greatly increased by putting their concerns in the form of a question.

Young & Old: Delaying Knee Replacements

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Of all the people I see for knee problems, probably only 1 in 10 needs a total joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton, MD. “The other 9 can be treated with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedurel or some advice and recommendations on how to treat their knee arthritis.”

Pelvic Pain and Your Physician Visit

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

You experience pain in the area south of your belly button. In general, physicians describe it as “pelvic pain.” The causes could be anything from indigestion to endometriosis.

Women’s Heart Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Brian P. Wall, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Some heart risk factors we cannot control – but some of the most important ones we can reduce. McLeod Cardiologist Brian P. Wall, MD explains what women can control and how this regional compares to the state and nation:

Screening Tests to help you Stay Healthy

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Millions of women are alive today because their physician spotted a potential health issue early and successfully treated it. Millions of women are alive today because THEY decided to see their physician regularly for recommended screenings.

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Now What?

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Hearing the words “You have breast cancer” (or any kind of cancer) can be emotionally destructive. You hear the words but your mind is overcome by a tidal wave of questions and feelings. Denial. Helplessness. What if’s? What now’s? Even “take charge” people can be thrown into shock and depression – their thoughts and lives brought to a screeching halt.

Knee Joint Replacement: When Is It Time?

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

Will I need a joint replacement? And, if so, when will it be time?

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