Miss. Valley Health Network

News about the Mississippi Valley Health Network

For Release: July 10, 2012

Family Health:
Happy Feet.

A new laser technology used to treat toenail fungus is available by Orthopaedist Dr. Pam Davis of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Davenport.

(Davenport, IA) – Putting our best foot forward in summer just got easier for those who suffer unsightly toenails from fungal infections. While many prefer air-conditioned feet clad in sandals and flip-flops during the summer, it’s also the season’s heat and humidity that creates the perfect conditions for this type of infection.

“People who often go to public swimming pools, gyms, or even athletes who sweat a great deal, can contract toenail fungal infections,” explains Davenport Orthopedic Surgeon Pam Davis, M.D., Foot & Ankle Specialists. “If your toes don’t have the opportunity to dry out, you are at higher risk.”

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For Release: June 12, 2012

Family Health:
Watch the eyes this Fourth of July

Davenport Opthalmologist, Dr. Leonardo Antaris, provides eight tips for making sure your kids play it safe with fireworks this July 4th.

(Davenport, IA) -It’s estimated that early 6,000 Americans spent part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room in 2009 due to fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Of those, fireworks caused an estimated 1,600 eye injuries. The injuries included contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies in the eye.  Some injuries even caused permanent vision loss

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For Release: March 15, 2012

Family Health:
The Nose Knows

If you’re being treated for sinus problems two or three times a season, it may be time to see a specialist, according to QC Otolaryngologist Ralph R. Tyner, MD.

(Davenport, IA) – Breathing, blowing, smelling and sneezing are, to most people, the nose’s main functions.

Any of them can be more difficult when the sinuses are inflamed and can’t drain properly. Commonly, a cold will stuff up an adult’s nose two or three times a year, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. And of course, allergies can also clog the works, especially when pollen counts head upward in the spring and summer months. Read the rest of this entry »

For Release: February 17, 2012

Family Health:
A Young Bettendorf Mother
Beats the Odds and Colon Cancer 

At thirty-nine, Gina Boubon was diagnosed with colon cancer and has gone on to beat the disease, living cancer-free for nearly six years.

(Davenport, IA) – Cancer. It’s a scary word and easy to get caught up with the word “colon” instead of the word cancer. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Anyone over 50 is at risk, but colon cancer survival rate is 90% with early detection.

Forty-five year old Gina Bubon is one who has beaten the odds and wants to save other lives along with her own. Diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 39 (a disease people often associate with the over-50 crowd) Gina is adamant that no one ignore colon cancer symptoms.

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For Release: December 12, 2011

Save Money on Surgery in 2012:
Quad Citians Exercise Patient Power
to Choose Affordable Options

As the country enters its fifth year of financial stress, consumers are faced with ever-rising healthcare costs and few options.

(Davenport, IA) – Money is tight and few can afford to get sick. Unexpected medical costs can put an enormous strain on families as costs and insurance deductibles and premiums increase.

“We see Quad City families and patients with deductibles as high as $10,000. That means they are paying a substantial amount for their own treatment right out of their pocket,” says Michael Patterson, President and CEO of the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center located in Davenport. “Combine higher insurance deductibles with increased food, fuel and housing prices, and no one can afford to just call the doctor for procedures or surgeries without asking tough questions about cost or exploring more affordable treatment options.”

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For Release on November 15, 2011:

Get Better Faster:
Your Health Is In Your Hands

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Can Restore
Function and Strength While Relieving Pain.

(Davenport, IA) –Twisting a jar becomes painful. It hurts to button a shirt.

The onset of arthritis can be frightening. The prospect of swollen, painful knuckles and eventually disfigured fingers can be worrisome when sufferers begin to experience limits in daily life.

For people who are just beginning to feel the effects of arthritis, though, losing useful hands is no longer inevitable. New surgical interventions offer hope for arthritis sufferers – hope that their hands will not lose the mobility and strength to function.

“There have been tremendous advancements in treating upper extremity and hand arthritis,” says Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thomas VonGillern, M.D., Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Assoc., P.C., Moline, IL. “New technology, surgical techniques and procedures give new hope to maintain a quality of life, even after the onset of arthritis.”

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For Release on: October 17, 2011

Family Health Matters:
Heartburn’s Red Flags

Dr. Sreenivas Chintalapani of Davenport’s Gastrointestinal Clinic of the Quad Cities explains how persistent heartburn may be a sign of something more serious than a bad case of acid reflux.

(Davenport, IA) – Chronic heartburn isn’t just about you overeating. The acid reflux may eat away at you, specifically your esophagus.

“Occasional heartburn shouldn’t be much of a worry. But if it’s persistent, involves after-exercise pain or if you’re having unplanned weight loss, it’s time to see a physician,” says Dr. Sreenivas Chintalapani, a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist at the Gastrointestinal Clinic of the Quad Cities.

If you have persistent heartburn and you are a white male smoker over age 50 who is losing weight, you’re flying most of the red flags for serious GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). If heartburn is affecting your sleep or your enjoyment of food, doctors are standing by to help you out – and you probably need them.

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For Release: September 12, 2011

Get Better Faster:
Tiny Surgical Implant Restores Hearing
for Some QC Patients

Davenport-based Dr. Douglas Dvorak explains how an implant the size of a grain of sand can reverse a disease that often leads to total deafness.

(Davenport, IA) – At 42, Bettendorf resident Michele Coplea was slowly losing her hearing, and as a medical transcriptionist who wears earphones for hours every day, her hearing loss was beginning to limit her life.  “I had no idea how bad my hearing was,” she recalls. “I never really noticed over the years – until just last year when I began to notice sounds were more muffled.

“I kept thinking something was wrong with my headphones,” says Michele. But it wasn’t the headphones. So she explored other possibilities, including ones that might explain her dizziness. “I thought it was allergies, but those were ruled out, too. I just had no idea I was losing my hearing.”

Michele turned to the hearing experts at ENT Professional Services, Davenport, and specifically ear surgeon Dr. Douglas Dvorak.  “When we tested her hearing,” says Dr. Dvorak, “we found her hearing levels were significantly below normal, in fact, she had a maximal hearing loss that a person can have in the absence of nerve damage in the inner ear.”

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For Release on August 10, 2011

New Varicose Vein Treatment Offers Hope

Radio frequency ablation treatment offered by the Iowa Vein Clinic
provides a nearly pain-free solution for those dealing with varicose veins

(Davenport, IA) – It’s hard to beat gravity.

Approaching middle age, many women who spend careers on their feet dread the onset of varicose veins. Not only are they are unsightly and painful, but traditional treatments could also be as painful as the vein condition itself  – leading to unnecessary suffering.

And men aren’t immune to the condition either. “Men also suffer from varicose veins, particularly those who spend time on their feet or who have a genetic predisposition to the problem,” explains fellowship-trained Vascular and Thoracic Surgeon Richard Sadler, M.D., Chest and Vascular Surgery, & the Iowa Vein Clinic, Davenport. “However men are even less likely to seek treatment.

“While varicose veins afflict both sexes, typically making them miserable in mid-life, there have been tremendous advancements in treatments that really minimize the pain,” Dr. Sadler explains. “There is no reason people should avoid treatment because they fear the old-style, incredibly painful treatments of vein stripping.

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For Release on July 15, 2011

Good News for Infertile QC-area Couples

U of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics features satellite fertility treatment at QC location.
Inevitably, the question arises in every woman’s life: to have children or not?  Now, in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, women can explore infertility options closer to home.

(Davenport, IA) – Motherhood.  The word can represent joy, fear, worry or hope.  Not surprisingly, as women consider their personal, family and career goals, oftentimes motherhood and life can clash.  “Our reproductive technology is just now successfully catching up with the cultural expectations of many women who delay childbearing until they are ready,” says Paul Figge M.D., Davenport, a University of Iowa reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Mississippi Valley Health Network.

According to Dr. Figge, between 15 and 20 percent of the reproductive population needs help in getting pregnant.  In fact, one out of every 100 babies born in the United States is a product of advanced reproductive technology.  Dr. Figge has spent more than 20 years treating and counseling women through the often confusing and emotional world of infertility treatments.  Until recently, many Quad City women who wanted advanced fertility treatment had to make numerous and lengthy trips to fertility treatment clinics (especially for the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process).

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