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 is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist in Roanoke, VA. Her clinical interests include obesity, menopause, and hysterosalpingography. Dr. Evans-Hoeker is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. She is conversant in Spanish. She is 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's specialty is general gynecology. 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). 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. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Morel is 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
1906 Belleview Avenue
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Melanie Altizer's area of specialization is general gynecology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Altizer's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Altizer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. She 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. 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, who practices in Daleville, VA and Roanoke, VA, is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Greer attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, contraception (birth control), and myomectomy (fibroid removal). She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Carilion Clinic.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Sullivan's area of specialization is general gynecology. His clinical interests include colposcopy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and fibroids. He is affiliated with Carilion Clinic. Dr. Sullivan is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Sullivan completed a residency program at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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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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