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Dr. Lee Pederson

General Surgery
Charlotte, NC
28 years experience male

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Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte, NC
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General Surgery

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88 Answers
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A member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Medical oncologist: Depends on where tumor started, as to what options (chemo drugs) may be helpful. Focal radiation treatment can help bone pain. Best approach would be ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Ductal cancer is the most common. Can also have cancers start from the lobule (where milk is made). There are other less common types like tubular, p... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Blood in urine most commonly caused by urinary infection. Could also be due to kidney stones. Also could be related to problem of ureters or kidney. I... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Loss of function: Brca 1 and 2 genes encode proteins than normally repair our dna. When the genes are mutated, the protein they normally make does not work correctly, l... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
More complicated: Standard mammogram and ultrasound are the mainstays of breast imaging. It does complicate future biopsies if a woman has implants, but is done on a ro... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Surgery: The extent of the disease, that is how big it looks, on the mammogram or MRI will be a big factor in discussion with your surgeon about how best to tr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Varies: Many times these days, there may be no symptoms, as the tumor is small and seen on screening mammogram. Some women feel a new lump. Sometimes there ar... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Many times surgeons limit the scope of their practice. They would have been trained to fix them, but may not feel they should, if they had not done th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Poor nutrition: Low blood protein levels can let fluid build up in tissues. Best to see surgeon or oncologist to make sure its nothing worse like blood clots.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Tumor markers can be helpful, but are not perfect. Ca19-9 is used for following tumors in the pancreas and biliary tree. The levels can be elevated fo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Very rare: People can get tumors of the heart muscle-most are benign. Though exceedingly rare, there are a group of malignant tumors called sarcomas, which can o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Malignant cells don't look like normal cells, and these differences can be seen when the biopsy is examined by the pathologist under the microscope.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
You can't: Generally we think a healthy lifestyle, avoiding known hazards (smoking, excessive alcholol, etc) , getting excercise, appropriate weight etc can be b... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Spread: When any cancer spreads the term "metastatic" applies. It means the tumor which started in the pancreas has spread elsewhere. For pancreatic, a common... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeo... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: More common in lactating women, but principle of treatment is like any other abcess. You have to drain the pus by making a small incision into the abc... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Long term iv: Its a small device that sits under the skin connected to a tube that is in a large vein. Better for chemo, as it does not move, its easy to access it ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
No : Uti is infection of the bladder-usually not higher in urinary tract (kidney). Has nothing to do with normal cycle issues. Would make sure to so norma... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Pathology : The goal for a surgeon in taking out a suspicious lump is to get the whole thing. We don't want to rupture it, and no changes in cells can only be see... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed wo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Maybe gallbladder: If pain happens after meals, is worse after greasy items, associated with nausea and vomiting, gallstones are a likely cause. Pain can radiate to righ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Pilonidal cyst: May be related to a pilonidal cyst under the skin. See a general surgeon, as the cyst could be infected, and may need to be drained/removed.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not much: If there are no symptoms of food/pills sticking in throat , shortness of breath etc, and a negative biopsy, usually serial ultrasounds to monitor for ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Little: First you need a clear reason for thyroid surgery (cancer, suspicious nodule, symptomatic nodule, or medically unresponsive hyperthyroidism), to name ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Most likely not : It does depend on ones age, menstrual status, personal medical history, and family history. Best is to see your doctor, have a mammogram and ultraso... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Prob is related: Hida scans measure the ability of the gallbladder to contract. 7% is clearly abnormal. Did you have pain when they gave you the second medication? Dys... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Decreased exposure: Uv light damage to skin we think increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Less exposure equals less risk.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Early: The term "resectable" means the surgeon can get around the tumor, and leave the vital blood vessels intact. Unfortunatley for the pancreas, there are... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Possibly: Brca 1 and 2 are genetic mutations that can be passed through families, and those affected have a higher than average risk of developing those kinds o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
See your doctor: Male breast cancer is rare- best approach would be to see a physician, have a history and physical exam, and have either a mammogram or ultrasound (us... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Basically No: We have no screening tests for this tumor. There is a rare familial. Trait, but unless other direct relatives (mother/father/sibling) have it genetic... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Hard to say: At some point a cell in the breast becomes a cancer. How long this process takes depends. Dcis can exist for months, but left alone long enough can e... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Spread of the tumor: Metasteses means the tumor cells spread from where the tumor starts to other places. Lung cancer can go to bones, the brain, liver, and other. Hard t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Highly variable. Thyroid cancer with bone mets behaves very differently than lung cancer spread to the bones. Generally considered incurable, but usua... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
It depends: The stage of a cancer has a lot to do with how long a patient with that cancer will live. For the most part ovarian cancer can be treated, and the p... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends on stage: Carcinoid syndrome is different than having a carcinoid tumor. The syndrome is caused by the tumor secreting a hormone (serotonin) which can cause flu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Earlier than 40: It depends- how strong a family history, if other family members have been tested positive for the brca 1 or 2 gene mutations help guide when screenin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually not: Osteoporosis is a common problem for postmenopausal women, not genetic. Longstanding hyperparathyroidism can also lead to bone calcium loss (generally... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Urinary infection: White cells in urine is usually related to infection of the urine or kidney. Not related to hyperthyroidism. Hard to give advice of cancer risk withou... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Possibility: Usually term "buffalo hump" refers to a physical finding associated with too much cortisol. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal gland, in response to ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Doubtful: Have you had a surgical consultation? Longstanding uc increases risk of developing colon cancer. At a minimum you need frequent colonoscopies.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Multiple nodules may represent a goiter. If they are 1 cm or larger, have specks of calcium, or otherwise look concerning, should have an fna (fine ne... Read More
A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: It is a medication which blocks histamine. Histamine can stimulate the acid producing cells in the stomach to secrete acid. Ppi refers to a different ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Zometa helps stabilize bone calcium. In us it is commonly used in breast cancer patients, to slow bone calcium loss, which can lead to weak bones and... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Call your surgeon: Probably related anesthesia meds or pain meds. Call the guy who did your operation to discuss your specific troubles.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
You can't: A high TSH usually means the thyroid gland is not functioning well enough. The treatment is usually synthroid (thyroxine). Its a pill form of thyroid ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Past info: Her oncologist likely did a ct scan of her brain and saw spots. Risk of developing metastatic disease depends on the stage of her original breast canc... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Stage 3 means armpit lymph node in involvement. Spread to other organs means stage 4. Treatment options vary. Best option is for her to have a review ... Read More
A 87-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Symptom control: The goal of palliative treatment of an incurable disease is to make the patient as comfortable as possible. Nausea medicine for intractable vomiting, ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Tough short answer: Failing liver basically. Multiple other factors involved including age, general health, underlying liver disease, alcohol use, hepatitis status to nam... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pederson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pederson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I have made an appt. w/ an endocrinologist, hopefully we'll find my problem. Thank you so much.
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Thanks for your quick reply! That's what I think. I don't understand what he questions
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We are in CCU now but we were wanting other opinions to save this!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, OK
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery University of North Carolina-associated at Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte
Top General Surgeon, First Place, North Carolina - Spring
2017
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