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From an interview with Dr. Scot Schultz McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
Surgically bypassing clogged arteries is one of the most common heart procedures. A person rushed to the hospital for a heart attack is one of the most likely patients of the heart bypass.
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.”
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?
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.
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?”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.