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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's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. These areas are among Dr. Evans-Hoeker's clinical interests: obesity, menopause, and hysterosalpingography. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Evans-Hoeker speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH).

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

Dr. Melanie Altizer is a specialist in general gynecology. She works in Blacksburg, VA, Salem, VA, and Daleville, VA. Dr. Altizer's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, endometriosis, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She is in-network for 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. Dr. Altizer offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH).

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

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

Dr. Kelley Morel is a general gynecologist in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Morel is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, infertility, and fibroids. She is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH). She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. 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. Dr. Morel offers interpreting services for her patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: laparoscopic hysterectomy, colposcopy, and sterilization. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Greer graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for her residency. Dr. Greer 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 is a general gynecologist. Dr. Sullivan's clinical interests include laparoscopic hysterectomy, colposcopy, and myomectomy (fibroid removal). He accepts Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dr. Sullivan attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He is affiliated with Carilion Clinic.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Myomectomy, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hysteroscopy, ... (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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