We found 5 providers with an interest in endometriosis near Roanoke, VA.

Dr. Emily Ann Evans-Hoeker (Emily Evans-Hoeker, BA, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
102 Highland Avenue Se; Suite 304
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Emily Evans-Hoeker works as an infertility specialist. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Evans-Hoeker include obesity, menopause, and hysterosalpingography. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Evans-Hoeker attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Menopause, Hysterosalpingography, Infertility, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Pelvic Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelley Savage Morel, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
102 Highland Avenue
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Kelley Morel's medical specialty is general gynecology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Morel attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morel include menopause, infertility, and fibroids. Dr. Morel has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Morel takes Medicare insurance. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Ovarian Cyst, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Dr. Heather OConnor Greer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Gynecology
1906 Belleview Avenue Se; Crmh 13 Th Floor W
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Heather Greer sees patients in Daleville, VA and Roanoke, VA. Her medical specialties are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: colposcopy, sterilization, and myomectomy (fibroid removal). Dr. Greer is affiliated with Carilion Clinic. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cesarean Section, Contraception, Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Dawn Altizer, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1906 Belleview Avenue
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Melanie Altizer practices general gynecology in Blacksburg, VA, Salem, VA, and Daleville, VA. Dr. Altizer obtained her medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Her areas of expertise consist of high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Altizer offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Christopher Michael Sullivan, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Christopher Sullivan practices general gynecology. His clinical interests include colposcopy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and fibroids. He is professionally affiliated with Carilion Clinic. Dr. Sullivan studied medicine at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Sullivan trained at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Myomectomy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hysteroscopy, Ovarian Cyst Removal, Cesarean ... (Read more)

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects up to 10% of women during their childbearing years. It happens when cells that normally line the uterus migrate and appear in other parts of the body. These cells respond to monthly hormonal fluctuations and grow blood-rich tissue and shed it, just as they would inside the uterus. This can result in pain, and the bleeding can cause scar tissue to form. The thick, inflexible scar tissue (called an adhesion) can become very painful if it stops organs within the body from being able to move freely.

Endometriosis can happen almost anywhere in the body, but it happens most often within the pelvic cavity. The endometriosis lesions are most often seen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic wall, bladder, bowel, and intestines. Specific symptoms of endometriosis depend on where the lesions are located, but the most common are:
  • Pain, especially with the menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Diarrhea or constipation during the menstrual cycle
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Heavy or irregular periods

No one knows what causes endometriosis. It is more common in women who have relatives with endometriosis, who have never given birth, and those who have a history of pelvic infections. It is diagnosed by laparoscopy, where a small tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the body in order to take a close look at the area where endometriosis is suspected to be.

Treatment for endometriosis depends on the severity and location of the lesions. Sometimes surgery to remove the endometriosis or adhesions is the best option. Pain medication helps make the major symptom of endometriosis more bearable. Additionally, some women have had success taking birth control pills or progestins to reduce the fluctuations in hormones that cause the endometriosis activity.
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