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 practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. Dr. Evans-Hoeker's areas of expertise include obesity, menopause, and hysterosalpingography. Dr. Evans-Hoeker is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Kelley Morel works as a general gynecologist in Roanoke, VA. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, infertility, and fibroids. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morel honors Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Morel offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Melanie Dawn Altizer, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1231 S Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Melanie Altizer is a medical specialist in general gynecology. She has a special interest in high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Altizer accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Altizer attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Altizer is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Heather OConnor Greer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Gynecology
102 Highland Avenue; Suite 303
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Heather Greer is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greer include colposcopy, contraception (birth control), and myomectomy (fibroid removal). She is affiliated with Carilion Clinic. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Greer's 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 conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Christopher Michael Sullivan, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
102 Highland Avenue; Suite 455
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Christopher Sullivan specializes in general gynecology. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. His areas of expertise include colposcopy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and fibroids. Dr. Sullivan honors Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Carilion Clinic.

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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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