DIVINE SAVIOR NEWS

  • Trending Pain Relief for Childbirth: Nitrous Oxide

    12:00 AM Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

    Birthing mothers at Divine Savior Healthcare are enjoying the benefits of the trending pain relief option, nitrous oxide.

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  • Stroke Treatment: Time Matters

    12:00 AM Thursday, May 25th, 2017

    Divine Savior has made continued investments to insure the stroke response and treatment times for our patients are the best possible and their team is excited about the opportunity to offer TeleStroke, a.k.a bedside neurology consultation, in their emergency rooms.

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  • DSH Medical Imaging Accredited in Multiple Modalities

    12:00 AM Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Divine Savior Healthcare Medical Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in four different modalities: ultrasound, computed tomography CT, mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging MRI as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology ACR.

     

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  • 2017 Nurse Leader of the Year

    12:00 AM Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

    The Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives WONE has selected Jan Bauman, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Divine Savior Healthcare, for its 2017 Nurse Leader of the Year Award.  Each spring, the WONE honors a Wisconsin nurse leader who has made significant contributions to nursing and nursing leadership, to his/her place of employment and the community.

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  • Divine Savior Healthcare Child Care Center has openings!

    12:00 AM Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

    Looking for a child care center that cares about you and your child’s needs? Divine Savior Healthcare Child Care Center goes beyond the ordinary child care services and works with each family to ensure your child is learning, growing and having fun!

     

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  • Divine Savior Healthcare Recognized for Efforts in Tissue Donation

    12:00 AM Friday, April 21st, 2017

    Divine Savior Healthcare efforts to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation ATSF.

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  • Food for Thought

    12:00 AM Friday, March 31st, 2017

    This past month we have been reminded to “put our best fork forward” in choosing healthy food and drink selections. It’s important to do this every month, and Dr. Amy Doherty and Sarah VanOrder, Employee Wellness Specialist encourage us to make nutritious decisions every day.

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  • Never Too Young for Colon Cancer

    12:00 AM Monday, March 27th, 2017

    March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time that heavily promotes the importance of getting screened for colon cancer to those 50 years of age and older the recommended screening age. However, recent studies are finding that this month should also bring awareness of colon cancer to younger adults, as an increase in colon cancer diagnosis is coming at a younger age.

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  • Quilts Provide Comfort for Patients and Families

    12:00 AM Monday, November 7th, 2016

    On October 27th, the Calico Capers Quilt Guild made their generous donation of hand crafted quilts to the Comfort Care Bags program at Divine Savior Healthcare.  The Comfort Care Bags are distributed to patients and their families that are at the end-of-life and receiving comfort care.

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  • Portage vs. Baraboo Food Fight Challenge turns out to be a slugfest, for a great cause!

    12:00 AM Friday, October 28th, 2016

    In a recent food drive challenge between Baraboo and Portage High School Student Councils, students collected a staggering amount of food that was split between respective food banks. Although both student councils gained from this, the real winners are the area food banks, who have shared that need has never been higher.

     

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  • Understanding Your Insurance Options

    12:00 AM Monday, October 24th, 2016

    Understanding your health insurance options can be confusing. At Divine Savior Healthcare you can speak with Concierge Services or Prior Authorization Specialists to help ease the burden of understanding your healthcare coverage.

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  • Time is Heart

    12:00 AM Thursday, October 6th, 2016

    When it comes to life saving measures, Divine Savior Healthcare Emergency Medical Services EMS and Emergency Room ER staff are setting gold standards. Partnering with UW Health, St. Mary’s, and UnityPoint Health – Meriter, the Divine Savior EMS and ER have become a trusted emergency response team for the surrounding communities.

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  • Help for Arthritis Sufferers

    12:00 AM Friday, September 23rd, 2016

    At Divine Savior Healthcare we have a variety of resources and specialists available for those with arthritis looking to ease pain and increase mobility

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  • Breastfeeding Support Makes a Difference

    12:00 AM Friday, September 16th, 2016

    August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the support and guidance offered at Divine Savior Healthcare for new and experienced mothers.

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  • Back to School Staying Up-to-Date on Well Child Examinations and Immunizations

    12:00 AM Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

    As we send our children back to school to learn and play together, let Divine Savior Healthcare help you prepare your family for a healthy school year.

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  • Conserve Energy

    12:00 AM Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

    Energy conservation means finding ways to distribute your energy to avoid tiring quickly, allowing you to continue doing the things you enjoy doing and keeping up with the everyday activities you need to do.

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  • Experiencing a dull pain in the pit of your stomach

    3:23 AM Monday, July 25th, 2016

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and gallbladder disease are two very common disorders. Knowing which one you have may be trickier than you think.

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  • Im having pain Do I have a stress fracture

    3:27 AM Friday, July 22nd, 2016

    A stress fracture can be a runner’s worst nightmare, especially when it develops in the middle of training for a big race. Get insight from Divine Savior Healthcare Rehab on signs of a stress fracture and how to manage pain and symptoms.

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  • Heart Disease Does Not Discriminate

    12:00 AM Monday, June 27th, 2016

    Cardiovascular disease, better known as heart disease, has no one set type of symptoms or diagnosis. There are different forms of heart disease that can affect one’s life, at any age. Whether you are diagnosed with heart valve problems, arrhythmia, heart failure, heart attack, or stroke, these are all forms of heart disease and make up one of the nation’s leading causes of death.

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  • Understanding Cataracts Today

    12:00 AM Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

    June is Cataract Awareness Month and Dr. Robert Castrovinci assures we have come a long ways since cataract surgeries began. Today cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and most patients can return to their usual activities within 24 hours.

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  • DSH Medical Imaging Accredited in Multiple Modalities

    6:00 PM Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

    Divine Savior Healthcare Medical Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in four different modalities: ultrasound, computed tomography CT, mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging MRI as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology ACR.

     

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  • Divine Savior Healthcare Recognized for Efforts in Tissue Donation

    6:00 PM Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

    Divine Savior Healthcare efforts to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation ATSF.

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  • Divine Savior Healthcare Recognized for Efforts in Tissue Donation

    6:00 PM Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

    Divine Savior Healthcare efforts to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation ATSF.

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  • Food for Thought

    6:00 PM Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

    This past month we have been reminded to “put our best fork forward” in choosing healthy food and drink selections. It’s important to do this every month, and Dr. Amy Doherty and Sarah VanOrder, Employee Wellness Specialist encourage us to make nutritious decisions every day.

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    6:00 PM Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

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Experiencing a dull pain in the pit of your stomach

Stomach PainGastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and gallbladder disease are two very common disorders. Knowing which one you have may be trickier than you think. Symptoms may be vague, such as a “dull pain in the pit of your stomach”, making it hard for you to explain to your doctor what’s exactly going on.

At Divine Savior Healthcare, General Surgeons, Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Joshua Pogorelec, have seen many patients with these symptoms and after further examination are able to help  diagnose and treat both diseases.

What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD refers to stomach contents moving into the esophagus causing a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn. Other symptoms may occur as well, such as pain in the upper abdomen, bloating, nausea and an acid taste in your mouth.  If this continue, prolonged exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents can result in damage to the lining of the esophagus.  This in turn can result in difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing or permanent damage to the esophagus.

Although not all reflux results in symptoms or damage to the esophagus, common symptoms include:
• Heartburn
• Acid regurgitation
• Belching
• Difficulty or pain when swallowing
• Waterbrash sudden excess of saliva
• Dysphagia the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus
• Chronic sore throat
• Laryngitis
• Inflammation of the gums
• Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
• Chronic irritation in the throat
• Hoarseness in the morning
• A sour taste
• Bad breath
• Coughing at night

What is gallbladder disease?
The gallbladder is located below the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen. The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile, which is made in the liver and allows fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients to be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Any condition that affects the gallbladder is considered a disease, and there are many different scenarios that fall under gallbladder disease:
• Inflammation
• Gallstones
• Common bile duct stones
• Biliary Dyskinesia
• Infection
• Perforated gallbladder
• Gallbladder polyps
• Porcelain gallbladders
• Gallbladder cancer

Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec share "the most common disease of the gallbladder is gallstones. Most people with gallstones do not even know they have them.  Once they cause problems, the gallbladder may need to be removed. Symptoms include pain below the right rib cage or in the “pit” of the stomach. This pain may radiate to the right upper back, chest, or shoulder. Other symptoms may include, bloating, nausea or vomiting, fever or chills, chronic diarrhea, jaundice yellow-tinted skin, or unusual lighter-colored stools or dark urine.”

After taking a closer look at GERD and gallbladder disease, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec are able to provide helpful insight on common distinguishing factors between the two diseases.

Common distinguishing factors:
• Location: Although both may feel like a “pit in your stomach”, if you experience symptoms located closer to your throat or in your chest it is more likely to be GERD related. Symptoms located near your right lower rib radiating into your right upper back, chest and shoulder are more likely to be associated to your gallbladder.
• Pain: Unlike GERD, gallbladder pain usually begins suddenly, and changing positions, belching, passing gas or taking medications rarely helps pain symptoms go away.
• Timing: With heartburn being the most common symptom of GERD, symptoms of reflux are likely to occur shortly after eating, where symptoms of gallbladder disease usually occurs several hours after eating and have more consistent patterns of reoccurrence the same time each day.

What does treatment look like?
The symptoms of GERD are commonly and effectively treated with over-the-counter medications such as anti-acids and proton pump inhibitors. However, if relief does not go away from these medications your provider may recommend you be evaluated by one of our surgeons at Divine Savior.

After a thorough history and physical, our surgeons may recommend further evaluation of the esophagus and stomach with endoscopy.  Similar to colonoscopy, but without the need for prep, upper endoscopy allows the surgeon to visualize the esophagus, stomach and intestine to evaluate for damage to the esophagus, infection and a hiatal hernia.  Depending on the findings, further testing may be indicated to evaluate the function of the esophagus. 

Patients with severe GERD benefit from surgery to prevent reflux from occurring.  This procedure is commonly performed by both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec, is minimally invasive, and very effective at treating GERD.  In fact, most patients no longer require any antacid medications after the procedure.

If you are found to have stones in the gallbladder causing symptoms, the best course of action is to have the gallbladder removed.  Leaving the stones in place will continue to cause pain and may result in serious infection of the gallbladder and bile ducts, jaundice or pancreatitis. 

Both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec routinely perform minimally invasive removal of the gallbladder.  This is most often an outpatient procedure and very successful.  After a short recovery, most patients will find their symptoms are gone and they are able to live a normal life. 

If you experience symptoms related to GERD or gallbladder disease, or have concerns about either, it is best to consult your provider for further examination. Treatment for either disease varies person to person, but taking action immediately and being properly treated can help you prevent problems from worsening.

To schedule an appointment with Divine Savior Healthcare General Surgeons, Dr. Anderson or Dr. Pogorelec, call 608-745-5176.

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