Family Medicine Associates of South Attleboro

From day one, Family Medicine Associates has strived to provide full-spectrum primary care for patients of all ages, complete women's health care, and management of both chronic diseases and acute medical issues. Click the links below to view detailed procedure and test information.

We offer multiple procedures including

   Skin biopsies and mole/skin tag removal

Are you concerned about a new skin growth? Do you have any skin warts, tags or cysts that bother you? Many of our physicians are trained in routine treatment of concerning lesions. If necessary, we can perform an excisional biopsy (removal of the whole lesion), a shave biopsy (a flexible blade is used to take a small sample of the lesion), a punch biopsy (a small round sample is removed from the lesion), a curettage (scraping off of abnormal tissue), or cryodestruction.

   Suturing of skin wounds

There are times that it is appropriate to have an injury sutured in your primary care doctor's office. If the wound happened within 12 hours, we may be able to clean the wound and place sutures. Please call and inquire.

   Abscess drainage

Skin abscesses are usually best treated by performing an incision and drainage. The skin is anesthetized and a small opening is made allowing drainage and excellent pain relief.

   Liquid nitrogen treatment of appropriate skin lesions

Cryotherapy, uses liquid nitrogen to "freeze" many different types of skin lesions including actinic keratoses, warts, and skin tags. It is a welltolerated procedure offered in our office.

   Various joint injections

Aching knees, shoulders, wrists and elbows can often be managed with injections of cortisone mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine or marcaine). This can be an excellent way to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis/golfer's elbow, trigger fingers, hip bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis, among others.

   Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is considered an acceptable option for colon cancer screening. In this procedure, a flexible camera is used to inspect the inside of the lower colon. If necessary, biopsies of suspicious lesions (polyps or other growths) can be taken. Benefits include the convenience of having the procedure performed in our South Attleboro office without sedation.

   Intrauterine device (IUD) placement and removal

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus, providing excellent contraception for up to ten years. Please call if you would like more information.

   Ear wax removal

We can remove bothersome wax from your ears. This can improve comfort and hearing.

   Pregnancy and delivery care

Congratulations on your pregnancy! We are proud to have two physicians who provide obstetric care at 2 local hospitals. Dr. Heidi Peterson delivers patients at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI and Dr. Chris Garofalo is on staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. You can choose one of these physicians for your prenatal care, even if you have a different primary care doctor in our office. We will be happy to take care of you during your pregnancy and then have you return to your primary doctor after delivery. There are several advantages to having your family practice physician care for you during your pregnancy. You will see the same physician at each of your prenatal visits. Also we make every effort to be present for your labor and delivery, even if we are not the doctor “on call” when you go into labor. We can then take care of you and your baby while in the hospital and then in the office. This is practicing true "family medicine".

In-office testing include

   Spirometry

This test is used to monitor lung function and diagnose diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and pulmonary fibrosis.

   Electrocardiography (EKG)

Electrocardiography uses electric leads which can monitor the electrical currents of the heart and monitor for specific forms of heart disease.

   Rapid strep testing

A sore throat may indicate a strep infection. We offer rapid strep testing with results in five minutes.

   Urine analysis

Symptoms of bladder infection? Concerned about your urinary pattern? You may benefit from a urine analysis.

   Urine pregnancy testing

We perform urine pregnancy testing if necessary.

   Diabetic testing (glycohemoglobin or hemoglobin A1c)

This test is used to monitor your level of diabetic control.

   Ultrasound

We are pleased to be able to offer diagnostic ultrasound testing in our North Attleboro location. Ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging technique used to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. Your provider may recommend an ultrasound for you if appropriate.
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