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  • General Health

    Learn the Truth Behind Four Common Hospice Myths

    Vipul I. Shah, MD
    McLeod Palliative Medicine Associates
    11 FEBRUARY 2019

    It is difficult, even painful, for patients and families to make the decision about turning to hospice care. Despite continual growth in awareness and access, society still harbors many myths about hospice and the care it provides.

  • General Health

    The Promise of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

    Michael R. Rose, MD
    American Anesthesiology
    07 FEBRUARY 2019

    For decades, the art and science of surgery has advanced from large incisions with big scars to smaller incisions, then tinier incisions using instruments the surgeon controls. Now with the introduction and use of robotic-assisted surgery.

  • General Health

    Diverticulitis, a Long Word for Small Troublesome Pouches in Your Colon

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    29 JANUARY 2019

    As they age, most people develop small pouches in their colon wall, called diverticuli. Many people spend their lives without ever noticing a problem, but when the diverticuli become infected problems result.

  • General Health

    GERD, That Awful Feeling From Esophageal Reflux

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    21 JANUARY 2019

    Everyone has an episode of acid reflux now and then after overeating or eating too many spicy foods. McLeod Gastroenterologist Terri Jaggers, MD, describes when you need to see a doctor about GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and what you can do.

  • General Health

    Outdoors How-To: Avoid Tick-Born Illnesses

    Frank Moskos, MD
    McLeod Family Medicine Center
    16 JANUARY 2019

    The weather calls us all outside most of the year. Whether hunting or just enjoying the outdoors, here’s some tips on avoiding tick- or mosquito-borne illnesses.

  • General Health

    Is it a Cold or Is it the Flu?

    Garrett R. Barton, MD
    McLeod Primary Care Cheraw
    11 JANUARY 2019

    The sniffles. Sore throat, Runny Nose. It could be a cold. Or maybe the flu. McLeod Primary Care Physician Garrett Barton, MD, explains the difference and who benefits from a flu shot.

  • General Health

    Robotic-Assisted General Surgery: More Options for Patients

    John W. Sonfield, MD
    Pee Dee Surgical Group
    21 AUGUST 2018

    Today’s health care choices represent centuries of discoveries, improvements in treatment and development of new options for care. One example is robotically assisted surgery.

  • General Health

    Your Gallbladder, Gallstones and Their Treatment

    John S. Richey, MD
    Pee Dee Surgical Group
    15 MAY 2018

    The gallbladder, despite its small size is a significant, though not essential, organ in your body. Just what does it do and why?

  • General Health

    Robotically Assisted Hernia Repair – Less Pain, Faster Recovery

    Nicholas R. White, MD
    Pee Dee Surgical Group
    17 APRIL 2018

    These symptoms of a hernia can lead to surgery for repairing the abdominal defect. Now, with robotic assistance, McLeod Surgeon Nicholas White, MD, can get you back on your feet faster than with other surgical techniques.