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From an interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
Knee and hip joint replacements are some of the most common procedures performed and they are also the focus of some of the most dynamic changes in materials, design and surgical technique. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, describes how the materials and the approach to installing the replacements has changed since he began practicing:
From an interview with Amit Pande, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates
Cardiologists use many successful ways to diagnose heart problems – from treadmill stress tests and ultrasound to cardiac catheterizations and angiograms. Yet, McLeod Cardiologist says they are still in search of a successful way to look inside an artery’s walls without making an incision. Dr. Pande calls this the “holy grail” of cardiology:
Medically reviewed by Douglas Moeckel, MD, McLeod Neonatologist with MEDNAX National Medical Group
South Carolina ranks 45th out of all 50 states when it comes to infant mortality. That’s a sad statistic, especially when something as easy as “ABC” could reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths.
From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates
In the 1970s, research was undertaken on the drug Tamoxifen as a possible way to help prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk. Results of those studies showed that women, who took the anti-estrogen drug for 5 years experienced a 50% reduction in cancers, compared to those who did not get Tamoxifen. High-risk women include those who had a mother or sister with breast cancer.
From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO, RPVI McLeod Vascular Associates
At best, varicose veins are unsightly. At worst, they are signs of bad blood circulation back to the heart. Now, there’s an easy, outpatient procedure using “medical superglue” to close down the bad veins and help redirect blood to healthy veins. McLeod Vascular Specialist Carmen Piccolo explain VenaSeal:
From Live-95/Ken Ard with Brian Wall, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates
“About 30% of Americans with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it,” says McLeod Cardiologist Brain Wall, MD. “Just like diabetes, sometimes you don’t know you have it until you actually get checked for it. Some symptoms you could possibly experience include headaches, nosebleeds, lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing sensation or palpitations. All those health issues can be potential signs of high blood pressure.
Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics
Exercise. Fun. Energy-efficient transportation. Bicycles and cycling have expanded from a mostly childhood activity to one where adults are as common on bikes as youngsters. Many communities have created special bike trails to accommodate increasing two-wheel traffic, as well as offer a safer environment than riding in the street.
Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates
"I'm glad you called right away," Mary's OB/GYN assured her. Mary was surprised when she started bleeding because she thought when her menopause ended 5 years ago, her bleeding was over, too. Recently, Mary started spotting or light bleeding. Then, the bleeding grew heavier and she again needed to wear pads.
From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy
Don’t avoid seeing your personal physician or having a colonoscopy if you are over age 50, says McLeod Radiation Oncologist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock.
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: