Georgia Vascular Institute Offers Telemedicine Appointments to Uterine Fibroid Patients

Georgia Vascular Institute is proud to introduce the newest service offered to Dr. Kevin Carson’s patients: telemedicine appointments. This easy-to-use and easy-to-understand appointment feature allows Dr. Carson to videochat with his patients that may be candidates for uterine fibroid treatment, combining convenience and medical expertise. All a patient has to do is click “Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment” on the GVI homepage and follow the step-by -step instructions. A patient can schedule an online appointment, receive email confirmation, and sync the appointment time with their calendar all in one place.

When it comes time for the telemedicine appointment, all the patient has to do is logon with a computer that has microphone and webcam capabilities and use our secure videoconference software, DoxyMe. The Doxy Me software link is located in the confirmation email as well as on Step Two of the “Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment” page. It’s as easy and simple as that!

We offer this service as a way to speak to patients who otherwise might not be able to make it to see Dr. Carson in person, for those struggling with a long commute or other issues strict work schedules. These patients now have the option to stay at work or at home while still receiving high-quality healthcare.

It is our hope to be able to reach more and more patients with this opportunity. Check out this innovative service yourself by clicking here!

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5 Questions Women Should Ask About Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a common condition in women, but they elicit a number of important questions. Here’s what you may wish to ask your doctor if you suspect you have fibroids.

Who Is Most At Risk for Uterine Fibroids?

Women ages 35 and older are at a higher risk for these fibrous tumors, with 20 to 40 percent of women in this age group having fibroids that are of significant size. For African-American women, the risk is even higher. Up to 50 percent of women in this group have significantly sized fibroids.

What Are the Symptoms?

Pelvic pain is the most common symptom. Heavy menstrual periods that go on longer than normal, and that may contain clots, can be a sign of fibroids. There may also be pelvic pressure, pain in your legs and back, pressure on your bladder that leads to frequent urination, bloating, an enlarged abdomen and constipation. The symptoms that are present will depend on the number of fibroids present, their location, and their size.

Do All Fibroids Require Treatment?

These non-cancerous growths are caused by estrogen, and they are extremely common in women. Only about 10 to 20 percent of women with these growths need treatment for them. Most of them don’t cause any symptoms at all; however, when they do begin to grow large enough to cause symptoms, treatment may be needed.

How Are They Diagnosed? 

An ultrasound is generally the first diagnostic tool used to check for uterine fibroids. Once they have been located, an MRI will give your doctor a better look at the size and positioning of the tumors. Both of these imaging tests are non-invasive and completely painless.

What Treatments Are Available?

The treatment that you may need for fibroids will depend on the size and placement of them. Small uterine fibroids may require no treatment at all. For many women, a non-surgical uterine fibroid embolization is a non-invasive way to treat the condition and ease the symptoms. With this treatment, the patient is sedated but does not have to undergo general anesthesia. A tiny incision is made allowing the doctor to place a catheter into the femoral artery. This catheter releases tiny particles into the uterine arteries that feed the tumor. These particles block the flow of blood to the growth so that it will shrink and go away.

If you have any additional questions about uterine fibroids, feel free to contact Dr. Carson at 770-506-4007 today to make an appointment with Georgia Vascular Institute. We have several locations in the metro Atlanta area including Atlanta, Forest Park, Stockbridge, and Jonesboro.

Dr. Kevin Carson of Georgia Vascular Institute Appears on WSB Radio’s “The Weekly Check-Up”

Dr. Kevin L. Carson from Georgia Vascular Institute was recently featured on “The Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg” on WSB-AM 750 and 95.5 FM. Dr. Carson, a uterine fibroid expert, sat down with host Dr. Bruce Feinberg on the June 25th show.

As an Atlanta local for the past twenty years, Dr. Carson witnessed firsthand the dire healthcare needs in his community from an early age. Inspired by those needs, and the women in his family who battled uterine fibroids, Dr. Carson set his sights on a career in medicine.

“One of the things that drives a physician’s passion is when they see something that is not happening — a void within medicine,” Dr. Carson explained on the show. From the lack of physicians available to the challenges of access and awareness, the problems that he observed were stark. Dr. Carson set out to help the women in his community that were suffering from uterine fibroids after completing his extensive medical training at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Temple University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts, and Columbia University.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous masses that grow on the walls of the uterus. Dr. Carson explained during his interview that some women do not experience any symptoms from this condition, while others experience heavy bleeding, pain, and problems with intimacy.

“80 percent of women of color and 60 percent of most other women will develop fibroids. Most women will not experience symptoms,” Dr. Carson said. “Of the 80 percent of women of color that will develop fibroids, 20 percent will develop symptoms and about 10-15 percent of other women will develop symptoms.”

Dr. Carson and Dr. Feinberg discussed historical treatment options as well as a non-invasive treatment called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This outpatient procedure involves creating a small incision in the groin area and inserting a small catheter into the femoral artery. Using real-time imaging, Dr. Carson explained that the physician guides the catheter through the artery and then releases miniscule particles, the size of grains of sand, into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor. By doing so, this prevents blood from flowing to the fibroid tumor, causing the fibroids to shrink and eventually go away.

Listen to Dr. Carson’s full interview on The Weekly Check-Up and learn about uterine fibroids treatment.