By Maria-Jose Subiria
Dr. Arie Pelta, a colorectal specialist with Atlanta Medical Surgical Specialists, has recently expanded his services at the Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine office, located at 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200, in Morrow.
Kendra Gerlach, a spokesperson for Atlanta Medical Center, said Pelta is currently accepting patient consultations at the Morrow facility.
"I wanted to branch out and provide our [Atlanta Medical Center's] colon and rectal services in Morrow," said Pelta, who said his services include colonoscopies, and colon and rectal surgeries.
At the facility, Pelta said, he is able to perform in-office procedures, such as colonoscopies, removal of warts and draining abscess infections. He is available, he said, every second and fourth Monday of each month, from 1:30 p.m., to 4 p.m., at the facility.
He said he will become more available in Morrow, as demand grows, although he is also available Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., at the Atlanta Medical Center, at 303 Parkway Drive N.E., in Atlanta.
Surgeries must be performed at the Atlanta Medical Center, he added.
There are few colorectal specialists in the Southern Crescent, so it was fitting to place these services in Morrow, he explained. With himself included, he said, there are two colorectal doctors in Clayton County.
"More than 60 percent of patients that are supposed to have a colonoscopy are not getting one because of access," said Pelta. He said prospective patients can reach him at the Morrow facility, by calling (770) 968-6464, or at the Atlanta Medical Center, at (404) 265-3635.