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Dr. Craig Carter

Thoracic Surgery
Clayton, NC
42 years experience male

Locations

Craig S Carter MD FACS PA

Clayton, NC

Address

2076 NC Hwy 42W Suite 240, Suite 240, Clayton, NC, US
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Fax

(919) 553-4150

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Board certified in Thoracic Surgery and General Surgery. Performing Thoracic, Vascular Surgery, as well as Wound Care. In practice for 29 years.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Thoracic Surgery

Surgery

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Doctor Q&A

489 Answers
135 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Not likely: Sounds like an anxiety reaction. Unless you are having multiple episodes during the day, it is unlikely to be a major problem. If you have a cardiolog... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: The approaches for thoracic outlet surgery are trans axillary, supraclavicular, and posterior. Neurosurgeons prefer the supraclavicular, which gives b... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Previous surgery: Have you had surgery using clips anywhere else in your body? Where in your chest are the clips? Need a little more information.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
No: The ct scan is used to identify a pericardial effusion or pericardial thickening. Ct scan findings regarding pericarditis are very non- specific. An e... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery: Treatment is usually either conservative or surgical.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Not likely: Rapid weight loss can be due to multiple causes. What other symptoms are you having? Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, etc can all be implicated. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Multiple: External and internal. External causes are trauma, diagnostic procedures, etc. Internal factors deal with an increase in pressure in the lung, causing... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: When the main blood vessels originate from the wrong ventricles, you have transposition. The original treatment was mixing the blood before the ventri... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Thoracic outlet syndrome is compression of the nerve, artery, and vein at the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck. This can occur because of an ex... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Not likely at your age, but keep it up and in about 5 years that will change. You know what you are doing isn't good for you. Fix it now.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Relax: Talk to your pediatrician. Most pectus patients have few if any symptoms. If they are present, exercise intolerance, chest pain, shortness of breath, ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Thoracic surgeons are physicians, just specialized in treating diseases involving the chest, but all doctors get some exposure to other medical issues... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Multiple: There are many causes for pulmonary nodules, which can be broken down into benign or malignant. There are a large number of causes for benign nodules,... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Sometimes: There are far more people on transplant lists than organs available. Some people will die waiting for transplants, which has lead to investigation int... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Both: The esophagus begins in the neck, extends through the thoracic cavity, and ends in the upper abdominal cavity.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: It is more likely a symptom of lung disease, but in late stage lung cancer, fatigue can be one of the complaints.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Not really: An aneurysm can be found as a pulsatile mass in the belly, but in the chest, cannot be felt at all. A pounding heartbeat can be high blood pressure, s... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery: An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition which needs to be followed. If the aneurysm enlarges, therapy, either surgery or an endograft is required.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Mucous and blood: You can have pieces of a lung cancer coughed up if it involves the airway, but usually it is mucous and blood. Even if tumor is present, you cannot pa... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Few: Stage 2 lung cancer is still early stage. Most early stage lung cancers are found by accident, looking for something else. Most late stage lung cancer... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Minimal: There is a great deal of debate as to the effects of second hand smoke. Most of the studies are estimates or extrapolations. You have more to fear fro... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
?: Why would you want to? If you are really trying to, straining beyond your capacity should do it.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Unlikely: Just having scar tissue does not make you more likely to develop lung cancer, as long as you don't have other risk factors. Since you are not a smoker... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Even after repair, if you re-create the situation which caused the rupture, it can recur. The most common cause is forceful vomiting, which can lead t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Major trauma: Hand grenades can cause injury by direct trauma or blast effect. Bypass is done for limb salvage, and success is dependent on the amount of vascular a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Low: Without some genetic or connective tissue disorder issues, the chances of a 16 year old with an abdominal aortic aneurysm is exceptionally low.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Yes, but it is not likely to be successful. As the one lung fills, blood will spill into the other lung, and you will not be able to oxygenate the pa... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
?: Generally, nobody is awake during a thoracotomy. It is done under general endotracheal anesthesia with a breathing tube in place. You do not want to w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Symptoms from aneurysms depends on the size of the aneurysm and its location. Need a few more specifics for a more definitive answer.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Comfort care: Metastatic lung cancer is difficult to deal with, both as patient and family. The transfusion and elevated heart rate are signs of blood loss and hyp... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: All three can be classified as adenocarcinoma, but each has characteristics which let them be identified by the organ of origin.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Consult: Request a consult to a neurologist, geneticist, or vascular surgeon. If you are determined, you can always get the test yourself. Your insurance compa... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Location: If the aneurysm involves the area around the arteries going to the kidneys, either one or both of them can thrombose.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Repair: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are repaired using endovascular or open surgical techniques. The repair is done, using prosthetic grafts, which are made wi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Relax: Sternal surgery usually requires some degree of rib spreading. This leads to pressure on the intercostal nerves, which can cause back pain. It usually... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Not likely: Not all arrhythmia's are caused by cad. Some are electrolyte based, some due to scar tissue, and some in which the cause may never be known.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on you: A pectus excavatum can cause cardiac or pulmonary issues if it is deep enough to cause significant pressure or displacement of the heart or lungs. Thi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
No: While no one wants to be exposed to smoke, being in an open space is unlikely to have any more effect than living in the city. Try to stay away form s... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Not at all: Barium is an oral agent, and cannot be given intravenously. If you are allergic to iodine, you should be treated with a steroid prep prior to administ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: It sounds like venous compression, which may be due to scar tissue around the veins to the foot. Compression is a good start, and you may benefit from... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Patient response: A pulmonary embolism blocks blood flow to the lung, which leads to a decrease in po2. The patient response is to increase the breathing rate, which le... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibilities: Assuming you are taking a hot shower, the possibilities are that you are having a vasodilation reaction from the heat, or orthostatic dilatation from ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Minimal: Enlarged lymph nodes are a sign of lung cancer spread, but that means that lung cancer has diagnosed. It is rare to have enlarged lymph nodes, but no ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Rarely: Scar carcinoma can occur, but is extremely rare and more often talked about than actually seen.
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the type of lung cancer involved, such as small cell carcinoma, the answer is yes, but you would also expect to see other metastatic dise... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
No: Wouldn't it be something if there was a drug to dissolve plaque? A lot of people would be out of business. Despite the lay press, there are no proven ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Seizure: If you have had a seizure, that would be the obvious choice to worry about. If you have no history of atherosclerosis or heart disease, those should n... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Hypovolemic: Compression or obstruction of the vena cava can cause a reduction in blood return to the heart, giving the appearance of blood loss or hypovolemic sho... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 42 years experience
Stage dependent: Once cancer develops, survival is based on the stage. Smoking has little to do with survival at that point. The higher the stage, the lower the surviv... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 23, 2012
His answers are thoughtful, correct & show great insight
Jan 2, 2014
Exc doc
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Carter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My husband has Aortitis. He was very sick when they finally figured out what was wrong with him. Could an aneurism develop
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Appreciate you taking the time to respond, especially considering the superbowl is on. Thanks.
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Thank you very much Doc! I've been living with this for the past 6 years with no relief. It will be nice to be able to breathe properly!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

Episcopal Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Loyola University Medical Center Maywood, IL

Awards

Blockley- Osler Award College of Physicians of Philadelphia 1993, 1995
Medical College of Pennsylvania Dean's Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching 1995, 1996
Geneva College Distinguished Service Award 2002

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
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