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Dr. John Lipman

Radiology
Atlanta, GA
37 years experience male

Locations

Atlanta Interventional Institute

Atlanta, GA

Address

3670 Highlands Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(770) 953-2602

About

Bio

Dr. Lipman is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist and internationally recognized expert in the treatment of uterine fibroids. He received his Masters and Medical degrees from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Brigham&Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and then did a fellowship in Vascular &Interventional Radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was a “Top Docs” from Atlanta magazine and a “Best Practices” recipient from WellStar Health System. He was the 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle Physician Health-Care Hero of the Year. He has appeared live on CNN with Wolf Blitzer and The Doctors & has been interviewed for USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Jet, Newsweek, Family Circle, and WebMD.

Specialties
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Radiology

Licenses

United States: Georgia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

153 Answers
50 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Reproduce pain: Lumbar discography is procedure performed in attempt to identify which lumbar level(s) is/are responsible for your back pain. Typically done when not ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Diet, exercise: Diet and exercise (with subsequent loss of body fat) is the best medicine for fibroids. Fibroids are stimulated by estrogen/progesterone. That is why ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Benign tumor & Yes: Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors and most common pelvic tumor in women. Fibroids can lead to infertility due to preventing pregnancy or causi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
To some extent: Avoid exogenous hormones (ex. Birth control pills). Eat smart, exercise, and try to be as close as possible to ideal weight (estrogen stored in body f... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Often nothing: Uterine leiomyomas (aka fibroids) are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They are often found incidentally and cause no symptoms. We call these fi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
UFE safer: Ufe is safer (i.E significantly fewer complications) , less invasive, and shorter recovery than surgery. Ufe can be performed as an outpatient and all... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Don't worry: Uterine fibroids are extremely common. One in 3 women of childbearing age have fibroids and as many as 80% of african-american women of this age group... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Possibly & Yes: These are 2 different scenarios. Screening is performed in asymptomatic patients. You can screen for colon cancer with a special type of ct scan calle... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Typically not: Fibroids can interefere with any part of the reproductive pathway from fertilization (blocking fallopian tube opening) to delivery (blocking birth can... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: Mri-guided focused ultrasound (mrgfus) is one of the more recent advances in treating fibroids. It is a completely non-invasive treatment. The women l... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Benign tumor: Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus that typically affect women between 30 and 55 years of age. They are very common and are particularly prevale... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Need better option: You could repeat myomectomy but this would not be the best option. The fact that it failed so soon after the surgery suggests that there are a lot mor... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Safe, but why: Hysterectomy is an option, but there are other safer, less invasive options particularly uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). Ufe has a high success ra... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Maybe: Cyst at s2 (racepinephrine) sounds like a tarlov cyst. Thats a fluid filled sac that normally doesnt cause pain and requires no treatment. On rare occ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
No : There are permanent birth control solutions without any surgery and without removing your uterus. Essure procedure is non-surgical and done in the off... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Agree with Dr Swor : Saline sonohysterography is the test to evaluate endometrial polyp vs. Submucosal fibroid. A tiny straw is inserted in to the uterine cavity followed ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes, both can: Complex cysts of the ovary and uterine fibroids can each cause pain. Pain from fibroids is often worse just before or during menses. This pain can be ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Unclear: There is no reason to do any imaging on a woman's fibroids if there are no symptoms (exs. Heavy menstrual bbleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary fr... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Scrotal varicose vei: Varicocele:collection of dilated (varicose) veins in the scrotum. Most common cause of male infertility. Usu in young men (15-30y)typically involves t... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Smooth muscle: Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes very safe: Most women who have fibroids do not have symptoms (exs. Most commonly heavy menstrualbleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) and therefore... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Variable: There are two parts of the ct scan bill: technical fee for facility performing the study and professional for the physician interpreting the exam. The... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
No worries, normal: The scan you describe is normal. They describe the ovaries as normal (having multiple follicles versus a mass etc.). The uterus is normal size and it ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Not really, heart: "tipping" of uterus is how uterus points inside body and doesnt affect pregnancy. It may affect ability of ultrasound to see early in the pregnancy bu... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Hemorrhagic cyst: This sounds like a hemorrhagic cyst. It needs to be followed up in 2-3 months (usu. By pelvic ultrasound) to make sure it goes away. These cysts are n... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Essure: Essure is non-surgical permanent birth control procedure performed through vagina and therefore less invasive than laparascopic surgery. Procedure tak... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Perfusion: Color on the ultrasound shows direction of blood flow. Some machines depict flow away from the ultrasound probe (transducer) as red and toward the tra... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: The MRI has a higher resolution and should be able to confirm that first there is a mass present. Secondly, it should tell if it appears to be a mass ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes & No: If you have normal kidney function, 98% of the gadolinium dose is excreted in your urine and out of your body by 24 hours. The rest is eliminated in y... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Radiologist: Presuming that your procedure was performed by an interventional radiologist, he/she should be the physician to diagnose and potentially treat the pro... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Ask Gynecologist: There's a workup for dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Pelvic ultrasound can rule out fibroids (leading cause depending on age) but unless you had salin... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
No: Hysterectomy may be an option but it should be the option of last resort. There are less invasive options to treat the heavy bleeding and allow to you... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Get MD help: Fibroids and hypertension often seen in overweight or obese women. This added weight places a woman at an increased risk for both conditions. If you ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Probably not, but: Absence of an embryonic sac (fetus) 6 weeks after your last menstrual period is suspicious for a fetal demise. The most important question I would ask... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
No: Fibroids may or may not cause symptoms. Submucosal fibroids found along lining of uterus can cause heavy menstruals which can lead to anemia (low iron... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: Varicocele can be detected on ultrasound or physical exam. Varicoceles can cause scrotal pain or infertility. Choices to treat varicoceles: surgery o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
With me YES: Most patients undergo hysterosalpingogram with Diagnostic Radiologists who perform HSG and report findings to the Gynecologist. Certain Interventional... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. They are hard and firm to the touch. When they are located in th... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Not typically: Without calf swelling DVT not likely although without more information hard to say. Calf pain may just be a cramp or musculoskeletal strain/injury etc... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Absolutely yes: Consider uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). It is performed by interventional radiologists physicians specifically trained in minimally invasive proc... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Why not UFE?: Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) treats all of the fibroids and the associated symptoms while at the same time allow women to keep their uterus. It ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
No, but not likely: Cysts are very common and almost always benign. No imaging test can completely exclude cancer but if the ultrasound test showed that the cyst was a si... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: Fibroids can enlarge the uterus to make a woman look pregnant. During a physical exam, doctor will often describe the enlarged fibroid-filled uterus i... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Most likely: Hospitals typically have a charity policy, particularly faith based centers. You should discuss this with someone at your local hospital.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Yes: You probably dont need hysterectomy at all! get a third opinion from an interventional radiologist who is skilled in uterine fibroid embolization (ufe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Consult IR: You would need to get an opinion from an interventional radiologist (ir). If you go to sirweb.Org you will see irs listed by state and when you click ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Depends: Probably little if any increased risk if your mom didn't have uterine or colon cancer. If she had uterine ca diagnosed <45 yrs of age there's increase... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Same process: The uterus is made up of a thin lining and a much thicker muscular portion. The lining is called the endometrium. When these cells are found outside t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Much : Patients who undergo UFE can stop menstruating. This is typically not ever seen in women
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 37 years experience
Consider UAE/OAE: Having bulk symptoms after UFE suggests that there are some viable fibroids. This may b new fibroids (since UFE 10+ yrs ago) or collateral supply to f... Read More

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Jul 11, 2013
good informative posts and is a welcome addition to Healthtap
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lipman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lipman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I think you are the only doctor on here that has sense! Some of the doctors here have said changing your diet will not shrink fribriods Not True! I changed my diet. ...Read More
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am not bleeding only worried because of health anxiety. good to know there would be signs that i was bleeding too much! thank you!
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Addressed sexual health benefits of keeping uterus. Often overlooked.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Hero
2013 Vitals.com Patient's Choice Award
Fellow American Board of Radiology

Affiliations

Society of Interventional Radiology
Southeastern Angiographic Society
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