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Medically reviewed by Dr. Pat Denton Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

“So,” you ask, “why are we talking about ski and snowboard injuries when we are in the Southeast?” Those who enjoy snow sports on a regular basis and often every year know what to expect.  However, if you live in the South and plan an occasional ski trip, it is like a Northerner who takes a beach trip once a year, the unexpected can leave you hurting. The following tips will help you know what to expect and what to avoid so that you can have a safer, enjoyable trip.

The IMPLANTABLES: Super Help for Erratic Hearts

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Prabal Guha, MD

Pacemakers & Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD

Surgery of any kind involves certain risks. Continuing developments in surgical technique and technology have significantly reduced those risks for total joint replacement patients. “In fact, serious complications in knee or hip joint replacement are found in less than 2 percent of patient outcomes,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rodney Alan of McLeod Orthopaedics. “Yet, as an informed patient, awareness of the possible complications will help you communicate any problems with your Orthopedic Surgeon.”

What’s the Mess with Mesh for Prolapse

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Melissa Brooks, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Watch TV much? Then, you’ve probably seen those lawyers' commercials: “Was mesh used on your pelvic organ prolapse surgery? Well you should see a lawyer.…” Did those TV ads make you hesitate to have surgery for your pelvic organ prolapse? Here’s information that may help you rethink your decision.

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Cancer is about survival. One key to your long-term survival is…YOU. “One in 3 people with cancer also struggles with anxiety or depression, according to a new study,” says McLeod Oncologist Dr. Rajesh Bajaj. “The study also found that breast cancer patients were twice as likely to suffer unusual mental stress than other cancer patients. Not surprising, when you factor in the issues of breast surgery and reconstruction.”

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Fashion knows no pain,” a line probably coined by a fashion designer. You know it’s not true, if only based on your personal experience with high heels, neckties or backpacksPurses and handbags are another place where fashion absolutely can cause you pain. How many of the following do you carry daily in a handbag or purse: wallet, phone, computer, keys, makeup, water bottle, notebook, diary, pens, pencils, workout clothes, gym shoes, umbrella…?

13 Great Anti-Cancer Foods

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rommel Lu, MD

At some point you have probably read a reference to “super foods” that can be eaten to help prevent cancer. However, most nutrition and cancer experts will tell you that no single food will prevent cancer. Foods -- and humans -- are complex. Foods contain many chemicals. And, our interaction with the food we eat is not a simple, purified version of a chemical mixing with cells in a test tube. “There are food groups and some specific foods that probably lower the risk of cancer,” says McLeod Oncologist Dr. Rommel Lu. “And, some elements in food can convincingly lower the risk of a specific type of cancer.”

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

With modern materials and surgical techniques, your knee or hip joint replacement is likely to last 10 to 20 years – or even your entire life. Some people do need to redo the joint replacement.  Several causes can require this so-called revision surgery:

Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, M.D.

Submarine Sonar. Burglar alarms. Jewelry cleaning. And diagnosing problems in your heart and blood vessels. All these uses put sound waves to work. You’re not likely to be a submariner. Hopefully, you’re not a burglar. Probably, not a jeweler. So, we’ll focus on the uses of sound in diagnosing heart and blood vessel problems.

Medically reviewed by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

“A whole new approach to clearing plaque from thigh and knee arteries --  and keeping them clear,” is the way McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham describes the Drug Coated Balloon angioplasty treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)Cunningham was one of the first vascular specialists in the country to use the new treatment after it was approved by the FDA in early October 2014. PAD is a blood flow blockage – often in the legs – caused by a build up of fatty substances (plaque) in the artery. The blockage restricts the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles causing pain and cramps.

Leukemia: When Cancer is in Your Blood

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael D. Pavy, MD

“Where’s coach?” several players asked. His absence from the regular Monday meeting struck the attendees as more than unusual. It was extraordinary for their NFL head coach to miss this critical weekly team meeting. Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano “skipped” that meeting in 2012 because he was in the hospital being treated for leukemia.

When Your Aching Shoulder Leads to Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD

What’s the first thing they ask you to do in school?  Raise your hand. Right? So, if it’s something you’ve practiced most of your life, why does it hurt so much now? One possible answer: You may need a shoulder joint replacement, the third most common joint replacement after knees and hips.  “The shoulder is more complicated than some joints in the body,” says Dr. Pat Denton of Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates. “It’s actually several joints with muscles and tendons that enable a broad range of motion, enabling you to reach for your wallet, swing a golf club and hammer a nail. 

4 Tips on Spotting a Stroke

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

Surviving a stroke – essentially a heart attack in the brain – requires a fast trip to the Emergency Room and immediate treatment once you arrive. To achieve these two goals, you must be able to spot the signs of a stroke as soon as they appear. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham uses the four-letter word, "F.A.S.T." to help us remember:

Medically reviewed by Valencia Oxendine-Rose, MS, ATC

Let’s start with a quick quiz.  Which of the following help reduce the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis – the major cause of knee and hip replacements? (Mark ALL that apply)

Life-Saving Surgery for Stroke Patients

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

Strokes – when the brain is deprived of blood – come in two essential forms. In one case, a blood vessel in the brain bursts, cutting off blood to the brain and exerting pressure on the brain from the leaking blood. A second type of stroke is caused by blockages building up in the neck’s artery, restricting the flow of blood. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham discusses surgical solutions for the second type of stroke:

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

How much difference does 20 years make? In 1994, a British study determined that you should not drive for at least 8 weeks after a total joint replacement in your right knee. Twenty years later, how has the advancement in surgical technique, implant materials, pain management and physical rehabilitation, changed the guidance on when you can return to driving? “We start with the understanding that you should not be on pain medications or narcotics,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Michael Sutton. “The next benchmark is whether your reflexes and normal strength have returned.  And the third variable is whether it’s your right or left knee or hip.”

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

Aneurysm is a medical term for a bulge in a blood vessel. When that bulge occurs in the aorta -- a key artery carrying blood from the heart – it can threaten your life. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham explains surgical treatment to repair the aneurysm. In the video, Dr. Cunningham shows a dramatic before-and-after comparison of a successful surgery on an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

From a presentation by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

In any surgery, there is some level of risk.  However, advancements in technology and surgical technique for hip joint replacements has raised the level of success and lowered the possibility of infection, blood loss, nerve damage or other complications says McLeod Orthopedic specialist Dr. Eric Heimberger.

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

When your blood pressure is too high, the power of blood rushing like a roaring river can weaken your arteries from the inside. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham explains what can be done when blood rips the inner layers of the artery apart:

From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

From large, very visible scars traveling across the abdomen to small scars, less pain, and faster recovery.  That describes the path that surgery for incontinence and other women’s pelvic health problems has taken in the 21st Century. McLeod Gynecologist Gary Emerson, M.D., describes the progress and outlines where minimally invasive techniques are used today:

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