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  • From Lourdes Regional Cancer Center

    How often should a Breast Self Exam be performed?

    A monthly BSE is recommended for all women beginning at age 20.

  • From Guthrie Cardiovascular Center

    What is an angioplasty, stent or coronary intervention?

    After a diagnostic angiogram is performed, there are several possibilities. If there are no or mild blockages, medical therapy is advised and the procedure is complete. If there are numerous blockages, a blockage in unfavorable locations, or abnormal heart valves, a heart operation (bypass surgery or valve surgery) is advised. If there are blockages which are amenable to angioplasty then that procedure is usually performed immediately after the diagnostic angiogram. Angioplasty is a procedure where a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is inserted at the site of a blockage. The balloon is properly sized and then inflated to open the blocked artery. The balloon catheter is then removed from the body. This procedure is rarely performed by itself in 2005 due to an increased chance of a recurrence (restenosis) 3-6 months after the procedure. New metal devices called stents are utilized in over 90% of intervention procedures. The newest generation of stents which are permanently implanted metal coils coated with medications which inhibit restenosis are used in a majority of cases. The chance of a regrowth of the blockage after a medication coated stent is placed is under 5%. An intervention procedure usually requires at least a one night stay in the hospital.

  • From Broome Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C.

    Do you offer in-office testing and procedures?

    For our patients' convenience our office offers many in-office tests and procedures. Simple surgical biopsies as well as more advance hysteroscopic procedures, including endometrial ablations are done in our office. Our office is also staffed by certified medical sonographers who perform all our ultrasounds and ultrasound procedures with 3D/4D ultrasound technology. We also provide vone densitometry and urodynamic testing.

  • From Family Audiology PLLC

    What do hearing aids cost?

    The cost of a hearing aid relies on many variables which are out of our control. These variables include, but are not limited to: severity of hearing loss, type of aid, style of aid, manufacturer of aid, options, warranties, state of purchase, etc.

  • From Lourdes Regional Cancer Center

    Who reviews the mammography image/results?

    All mammography results are reviewed a minimum of two times. The first review is performed by one of our board certified radiologists. The second review is performed by the R2 ImageChecker. The R2 ImageChecker is a Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system that analyzes mammograms giving a computerized “second opinion.”