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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 is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist in Roanoke, VA. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Evans-Hoeker's clinical interests include obesity, menopause, and pelvic ultrasound. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Evans-Hoeker honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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

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

Dr. Kelley Morel works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Morel's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, infertility, and fibroids. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Morel attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. 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 Cysts, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

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

Dr. Melanie Altizer's area of specialization is general gynecology. 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. Dr. Altizer's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Altizer is 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 maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology specialist in Daleville, VA and Roanoke, VA. Clinical interests for Dr. Greer include cone biopsy (conization), colposcopy, and myomectomy (fibroid removal). Dr. Greer is affiliated with Carilion Clinic. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Greer speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Myomectomy, Cesarean Section, Fibroids, Endometrial Ablation, Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Sullivan is a general gynecology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sullivan include colposcopy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and fibroids. He is affiliated with Carilion Clinic. Dr. Sullivan accepts Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency 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.