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Dr. Craig Carter

Thoracic Surgery
Clayton, NC
40 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

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(919) 553-4150

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Affinity Health Plan

American Republic Insurance Company

AmeriChoice Health Services, Inc

AmeriHealth

Bankers Life and Casualty Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

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CHAMPUS

Cigna

Coventry Health Care

Great-West Healthcare

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company

Humana Insurance Company

Medicaid

Medicare

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Nationwide Life Insurance Company

Tricare

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Wellpath Select Health Insurance

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

614 Answers
166 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Infection: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. While infection can be a cause, it is low on the list. Bacterial endocar... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Location: If the aneurysm involves the area around the arteries going to the kidneys, either one or both of them can thrombose.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Pretty good: Survival from lung cancer is stage specific, meaning the earlier you find it, the better the chances. Stage 1 has a cure rate overall of about 66%. St... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Rarely: Scar carcinoma can occur, but is extremely rare and more often talked about than actually seen.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
The big three: Ldh, cpk, and troponin.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Medical therapy: Treatment of symptomatic aortic stenosis is generally surgical. Today, interventional therapy includes transcatheter valve replacement, which may be a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on the reason for the surgery, as well as the operator. There are different approaches for thoracotomies. The older approach requires exte... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Some pills are designed to be sustained release, and should not be crushed. Check with your doctor about your pills.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
?: Why would you want to? If you are really trying to, straining beyond your capacity should do it.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple causes: High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, genetics, cholesterol, are among the multitude of causes noted.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focu... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Plastic surgery: You have pectus excavatum, a developmental problem with the chest cartilage. Treatment is based on hemodynamic compromise due to cardiac or pulmonary ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Blood supply: Infection can cause and interruption of blood flow by causing inflammation and edema of blood vessels, leading to loss of blood flow. If this is exten... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The cause of coronary artery disease is formation of plaques in the vessels. The best way to avoid it is to prevent the formation of the plaques in th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Exercise will increase the size of the chest wall muscles.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: A lot depends on the procedure done, the approach used, the immediate post op care, and the patients condition going into the procedure. In general, o... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
What is the question: Lots of risk factors. Bad disease. Going to lose the other leg. High morbidity and mortality. What would you like to know?
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Consistent: The principal symptoms initially of a pulmonary embolism are chest pain, shortness of breath, and possibly bleeding. Long term issues are exercise int... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Possibly: Not all lung cancer patients smoke. An increasing percentage are developing cancer despite not being smokers. Interestingly, the air quality now is pr... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Aneurysms are found by accident (looking for something else), or because it is causing symptoms. It can be found by physical examination, imaging stud... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
False: Vascular disease can affect anywhere that blood vessels are located. Extremities, chest, abdomen, back, etc.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Discuss: It doesn't sound like your previous study showed anything. If you are that concerned, discuss that with your doctor. If a repeat study is negative, tr... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Both can lead to significant weight loss, but severe systemic issues are more likely to occur with gastric bypass surgery. Have a long discussion with... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Low: A lot depends on the type of procedure, as well the condition of the patient. This is the 21st century, and the mortality rates have gone down dramati... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: Pericardectomy is removal of the pericardium. Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium. Car accident is obvious. While they can happen from acc... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Children usually heal well, and scar tissue can reduce over time. A childhood hernia repair is not a big procedure or incision, so the scar tissue may... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: There are multiple repairs available, but in general, return to work or stressful activity will be in the 8-12 week range. Contact sports will obvious... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Other factors: Surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is based on size (>5cm), location (below the renal arteries), and symptoms. If your father's aneurysm is l... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Symptoms: A brain aneurysm will present with either related to pressure or blood flow. Usual symptoms are headache, visual changes, or neurologic symptoms. If y... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not likely: Unless you have a congenital heart problem, it is highly unlikely for you to be having a cardiac issue. If you are that concerned, talk to your family... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not really: Trans-myocardial revascularization has been around as a technique for about 30 years. Overall, it is used for people with limited options for cardiac ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 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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Aug 23, 2012
His answers are thoughtful, correct & show great insight
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Mar 31, 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 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!
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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.

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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