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Special Tests & Minor Surgery

Many times you can have tests or surgical procedure at one of our family medicine locations. We offer ultrasound for pregnant women, colonoscopy and heart stress tests. These and other procedures are offered for our patients in a familiar office, usually with your regular doctor.

While some minor surgeries can be performed during your check-up or on the same day as your appointment, others should be scheduled in advance. We will find a convenient time and day for your procedure or test and help you prepare beforehand.

If you have questions before your test or surgery, please call our Family Medicine Center at 252-744-4611 or Firetower Medical Office at 252-744-1122 for more information. You may also call 252-744-8219, and we will return your call the same day, if possible.

Exercise Stress Test

  • to evaluate chest pain or shortness of breath
  • to find out if you may have heart disease
  • to test problems with breathing or asthma during exercise
  • to test your level of fitness
  • to find out the right amount of exercise for your health conditions

Nasopharyngoscopy

This test is done for patients with these problems

  • a hoarse voice
  • a sinus problem
  • a lump in the throat

Sigmoidoscopy

A preventive and diagnostic test to look at the lower intestine (colon)

  • for anyone over age 40 with a family history of colon cancer
  • for everyone over age 50 (once every 3 or 4 years)
  • when there are changes in bowel habits
  • if there is blood in the stool
  • if there is pain with bowel movements

Women's Health

  • colposcopy (to check the cervix if a Pap smear is not normal)
  • ultrasound (for pregnant women to check the size and age of the unborn baby)
  • endometrial biopsy (for problems of bleeding between periods or after menopause
  • birth control (pill, diaphragm, long-acting birth control, Norplant, IUD)

Minor Surgery

  • biopsies and removal of moles or skin lesions
  • surgery for skin cancer
  • removal of scars
  • treatment of hemorrhoids
  • removal of ingrown toenails
  • treatment of varicose veins
  • joint injections for arthritis
  • vasectomy