Barrington Surgeons, LTD
Surgeons located in Barrington, IL
Dr. Hoeltgen and Dr. Wool at Barrington Surgeons provide a variety of gastric surgeries to help their patients from in and around Barrington, Illinois, return to health.
Gastric Surgery Q & A
What Are the Diseases That Affect the Gastric System?
Conditions including gastritis, gastroparesis, non-ulcer dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, and stomach cancer can affect a person’s gastric system. Gastritis is where different parts of the stomach and small intestine become inflamed, resulting in pain and digestive disorder. Gastroparesis occurs when the stomach does not empty its contents correctly, but there is no blockage. Non-ulcer dyspepsia occurs when the patient does not have an ulcer but suffers from indigestion and other symptoms typically associated with an ulcer. Peptic ulcers are a break in the surface level of the stomach lining. Dr. Wool and Dr. Hoeltgen perform laparoscopic surgery for cancers including GIST-Carcinoid-and adenocarcinoma, nonhealing ulcers, bleeding ulcers, or ulcer perforation
Should Patients Be Concerns About Benign Gastric Ulcers?
Yes, gastric ulcers should be taken seriously. Ulcers cause significant discomfort and are known indicators of increased risk for gastric cancer. Patients who suffer from any gastrointestinal distress should seek medical attention early. Not only is almost every medical condition more easily treated in its early stages, but early diagnoses and treatment can cut down on the pain and discomfort a person will have to live with while waiting for treatment. Dr. Wool and Dr. Hoeltgen perform a variety of diagnostic and treatment surgical procedures to efficiently diagnose and treat a patient’s gastric disease
How Are Gastric Ulcers Treated?
Most doctors will begin treatment conservatively with medication and diet change. However, for patients with more severe or developed gastric ulcers, other treatments including endoscopies and surgery are available to treat the ulcer. During an endoscopy, a thin and flexible tube with a camera mounted on the end is passed through a mildly sedated patient’s mouth and esophagus to view the upper gastrointestinal tract. Other surgical tools can be attached to an endoscope, allowing a doctor to address conditions like ulcers while the camera provides live-feed video to guide his work. Surgery is rarely needed for ulcers. In extreme circumstances, surgery can address an ulcer that bleeds uncontrollably or for patients who are unable to take a medication used to control stomach acid.
Words from our patients
"I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary, post major surgery that without what Dr. Wool did, I wouldn't be here today"
"They get 5 stars in my book ALL AROUND: receptionists, waiting room, Doctors, cleanliness & friendliness"
"Dr. Holtgen is a great surgeon who takes the condition of his patients very seriously"
"Dr. Holtgen is a great surgeon who takes the condition of his patients very seriously...I completely trust this surgeon"
"Very impressed with Dr. Hoeltgen. Very professional. Felt completely safe with him. Did a great job with my very serious surgery"
"Dr. Wool and his practice were outstanding! ...I admired his positive attitude. Any concerns I had he helped put my mind at ease"
"Dr. Wool is an excellent physician and surgeon. He is very thorough and takes the right amount of time explaining everything"
"had a really great experience! very professional, very sharp and just on top of it"