Common (and painful) issues like gallbladder problems, hernias, hemorrhoids and gastroesophageal reflux disease can often be taken care of with relatively simple surgeries. In most cases, patients can go home the same day the surgery is performed—allowing them to feel better and get back to their loved ones. So don't delay and get some pain relief -- call today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Michael Thorpe
General and Bariatric Surgeon
3331 West DeYoung
Marion , IL 62959
Phone: (618) 998-7155
Dr. Thorpe has broad-based General Surgery experience and performs the following procedures and more -- sometimes with minimally invasive approaches:
Dr. Michael Delaney
The Delaney Clinic
3331 West Deyoung, Ste 208
Marion , IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-4012
Dr. Delaney offers a wide array of ENT or Ear Nose and Throat surgeries
and procedures. The purpose of surgery to the ears, nose, throat, head
and neck is to treat an abnormality (defect or disease) in these
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid-reflux disease, affects about 50 million people in the U.S. GERD can cause painful swallowing, nausea, heartburn and can even lead to cancer in some cases. Reflux happens when the valve between your stomach and esophagus do not properly close. Many people suffering from GERD try antacids or prescriptions, which block the production of acid in the stomach and also protect the esophagus from damage. In addition to medication—eating smaller meals, sleeping on an incline and eliminating acidic foods from your diet may alleviate symptoms. However, when medication and lifestyle changes are not providing relief—it may be time to consider surgical treatment.
The most common surgery for GERD is fundoplication, which fixes your hiatal hernia and wraps the top part of your stomach around the end of the esophagus to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter. The incision is typically made in the upper abdomen. Another surgical option is Laparoscopic Anti-reflux Surgery, which uses a narrow camera and thin operating instruments to make small incisions on the abdominal wall. Call Dr. Michael Thorpe at 618-998-7155 to learn more about how to prevent and treat heartburn and GERD.
A common scenario for parents with young children is waking to a child crying from ear pain. Until about age five, the Eustachian tube in children remains underdevelopedâ€”meaning that any fluid in the nose and the throat get stuck in the middle ear. In fact, about 62 percent of children in the U.S. will experience an ear infection by the age of one; more than 80 percent by age three; and nearly 100 percent will have at least one episode by age five. Normally, the treatment options for children with ear infections include a series of antibiotics. If ear infections are resistant to oral antibiotics, the child is administered an injectable antibiotic. At this point, the child will likely be referred for surgical insertion of tubes.
Getting ear tubes is one of the most common childhood operations, which helps relieve hearing problems, helps prevent buildup of pressure and fluid in the middle ear, allows fluid to drain from the middle ear and may reduce the likelihood of future ear infections. While the child is under general anesthesia, the surgeon cuts a small hole in the eardrum and inserts a small plastic tube in the opening. Most tubes stay in place for about six to 12 months and usually fall out on their own. Call Dr. Michael Delaney for a consultation 618-997-4012.
Blockages in the sinus occur when mucous membranes swell and become blocked, causing pain, drainage and impaired breathing. Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation that remains in the nose and sinuses and does not go away for months at a time.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is used to relieve symptoms associated with sinusitis, septal deviations and nasal polyps (non-cancerous). Normally, a small tool is inserted into the nose so the doctor can remove whatever is blocking the sinuses. Usually performed under general anesthesia, surgeons use a thin camera instrument to drain blockages. People who undergo the surgery typically experience less sinus infections, improved airflow through the nose and an improved sense of smell. Call Dr. Michael Delaney to learn more 618-997-4012.
Hemorrhoids are a common issue. In fact about 50 percent of all people will experience hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins or blood vessels in and around your anus and lower rectum become swollen and irritated. Hemorrhoids are often a result of straining during bowel movements, pregnancy or have chronic constipation and diarrhea. Many women get hemorrhoids during pregnancy and childbirth. The pressure of carrying a baby in your abdomen strains the blood vessels in your pelvic area.
Symptoms typically include pain and itching, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications. For some people, taking in adequate amounts of water, a high fiber diet and over-the-counter remedies are not enough to treat hemorrhoids. However, it is time to see a doctor for hemorrhoids when the pain is severe; you experience rectal bleeding, feel a lump or if you are experiencing recurrent hemorrhoids. Surgery to remove these painful, swollen veins is called a hemorrhoidectomy. The doctor makes small incisions around the anus to remove the hemorrhoids. You may get local or general anesthesia, and it is typically an outpatient procedure. Call Dr. Michael Thorpe's office at 618-998-7155 for more information.
Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Hernia surgery is one of the most common procedures in the U.S., with more than one million hernia repairs performed each year in the U.S. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period of time. Hernias are mostly found in the abdomen, but may also be in the upper thigh, belly button and groin areas.
Factors that may cause a hernia include being pregnant, being constipated, heavy weight lifting, fluid in the abdomen, sudden weight gain, persistent coughing or sneezing. If your hernia growing larger or causing pain, your doctor may decide it is best to operate. Hernias can be repaired with either open or laparoscopic surgery.
Surgery to repair a hiatal hernia is either performed using a single incision in the chest wall (thoracotomy) or the abdomen (laparotomy). Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera and small surgical equipment to repair the hernia using only a few small incisions. Call Dr. Michael Thorpe to discuss your options at 618-998-7155.
If you suffer from pain in the upper right or upper middle part of your stomach after eating it could be your gallbladder causing the issue. The gallbladder is located under the liver, which stores and collects bile produced in the liver. When your gallbladder is acting up, you will experience pain when eating foodâ€”particularly when eating fat.
Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowing of the skin and eyes and a bloated belly.
The main reason for having a gallbladder removed is the presence of gallstones. They can be as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Gallbladder removal (cholecystitis) is a common surgery and is performed using general anesthesia. It can even be performed on pregnant women with low risk to both the baby and the mother. Importantly, gallbladder surgery can eliminate painful gallstones and prevent gallbladder cancer. Call Dr. Michael Thorpe to discuss your options at 618-998-7155.
3333 W Deyoung St
Marion, IL 62959