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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?

Door-to-Balloon Time

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Medical personnel call it “door-to-balloon” time. For the rest of us, it means how quickly can a heart attack patient make it from the door of the Emergency Department until a Cardiologist uses an angioplasty balloon to open a blocked artery. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD explains that time is critical to a patient’s recovery:

Cancer Treatment Options

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Hematology & Oncology Assoc.

“Cancer is not one disease,” says McLeod Cancer Committee Chair Dr. Rajesh Bajaj. “It fact, it’ a group of perhaps thousands of different diseases, which have some common characteristics. For this reason, cancer treatments are very complex and increasingly personalized.”

Urge Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

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

“’Pelvic Health’ is a new phrase used among professionals in women’s health,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. Charles Tatum. “We know what it means, but to the layperson, the descriptor can be confusing or even misleading. To clarify, pelvic health refers to five areas of concern that affect more than 1 in 3 women.”

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

“Knee replacement is the end-all of a natural disease process,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton. “Obviously, we want to maximize any conservative treatment before we take people to surgery.”

From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

American cardiologists are turning to an alternate technique to diagnose heart artery blockages that has a number of benefits for the patient. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD, explains sending a catheter through the wrist, rather than through the leg.

Pelvic Prolapse Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by John Browning, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

“Pelvic relaxation may sound like something pleasant but that is definitely not the case,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. John Browning. “The phrase is another way of describing pelvic organ prolapse – or the failure of a woman’s body to support the uterus. At its worst, the condition can result in a woman’s uterus, bladder, small bowel, and even the rectum protruding from her vagina and cervix. Thank goodness there are a number of ways to solve this problem.”

Spotting Breast Cancer with Mammograms

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Medical Dir., McLeod Breast Imaging

 “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?”

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Did your sister, brother, mother or father have a knee or hip joint replacement? Then, read on.

From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Many people with chest pain will find themselves referred to a cardiologist for a test to find heart blockages. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD describes the role and process of the cardiac catheterization:

30-Year Knee Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD

Total knee joint replacement surgery has been performed for about 30 years. Over those years, incremental improvements in materials and designs have raised the expected life of the “new” knees to 10 to 20 years.

From a conversation with S. Cary Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Problematic heartbeats caused by electrical misfires can be treated a number of ways – with medication, ablation, as well as with a surgical treatment called MAZE. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cary Huber, MD, explains how MAZE is accomplished:

How to talk with a Cancer Patient

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Sreenivas Rao, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Assoc.

It is not easy talking to someone who has a life-threatening health issue, even for those of us who deal with it every day,” says McLeod Oncologist, Dr. Sreenivas Rao. “So, we understand how difficult you find it when faced with a friend or family member who is a cancer patient. This article includes some suggestions and some straight talk directly from cancer survivors.”

Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kids.

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Chris McCauley, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seaoast

“Trix is for kids!”

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Total joint replacement is great. But it’s not magic,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Barry Clark. “Patients return to many of the activities that they did – or were trying to do – before surgery. Range of motion is increased. Pain is reduced or alleviated. Quality of daily life returns. However, joint replacement doesn’t make you younger, run faster, or golf better than you did before your joints became a problem.”

Endometriosis Myths-Truths

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Rebecca Craig, MD McLeod OB/GYN DIllon

“We know the problem is caused when the endometrium -- blood and tissue that is normally shed monthly from the uterus -- starts to grow outside the uterus,” says McLeod Gynecologist Rebecca Craig, MD. “Yet, there’s still much we have to learn endometriosis.”

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