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

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

Dr. Emily Evans-Hoeker works as a reproductive endocrinologist. She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Evans-Hoeker include obesity, menopause, and hysterosalpingography. Dr. Evans-Hoeker is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Evans-Hoeker trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. 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 is a general gynecologist. Dr. Morel's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, infertility, and fibroids. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance. She attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Morel 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 works as a general gynecologist in Salem, VA, Blacksburg, VA, and Roanoke, VA. Dr. Altizer's areas of expertise include the following: high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. Christopher Michael Sullivan, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
102 Highland Avenue; Suite 455
Roanoke, VA
 

Dr. Christopher Sullivan is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. Dr. Sullivan's clinical interests include colposcopy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and fibroids. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He trained at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care for residency. Dr. Sullivan is professionally affiliated with Carilion Clinic.

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

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

Dr. Heather Greer is a perinatologist and gynecologist. 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. Dr. Greer's areas of expertise include colposcopy, contraception (birth control), and myomectomy (fibroid removal). She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Clinic.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Cesarean Section, Contraception, Myomectomy, Dysmenorrhea, Fibroids, Recurrent ... (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.