Listen to Mason City Clinic physicians discuss a variety of important patient health and medical topics.
Allergic Rhinitis or “Hay Fever”
The blooming flowers and trees mean Spring in Iowa is here, but it also signals the beginning of hay fever season. Many of us know it all too well – runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing. Well today we have Dr. Javen Wunschel with us to talk about allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever.
Hand and Wrist Therapy
Deb K., Occupational Therapist, discusses the importance of hand and wrist therapy when recovering from an injury.
GERD and Linx Procedure
Dr. Matthew Fabian, a General Surgeon at the Mason City Clinic, will discuss how best to prevent and treat GERD, or reflux disease, and tell us about a new minimally invasive procedure that brings relief to people who struggle with the chronic symptoms of this disease.
Interview with Kevin Rier, MD, Board Certified Urologist, about one of the most common, yet treatable cancers in men, prostate cancer. How to test for it and how it’s treated.
Interview with Phillip Lee, MD, Board Certified, ENT & Sleep Physician, about one of the most common, yet undiagnosed sleep breathing disorders, sleep apnea. Dr. Lee explains symptoms of sleep apnea, how to test for it and the variety of treatments for it.
Women’s Heart Disease
Interview with Denisa Hagau, MD, Board Certified Cardiologist, about how to prevent and treat heart disease in women, and how the symptoms are very different in women than in men.
Interview with Ron Kloc, DO, Interventional Pain Medicine Physician about an innovative treatment that is bringing relief to people living with painful and debilitating neck arthritis.
Common Foot & Ankle Injuries, and Treatment
Interview with Michael B. Scherb, MD, Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgeon, about the prevention and treatments for foot and ankle fractures and sprains, as well as how to treat arthritis of the foot, ankle and toes.
Exercises for Fall Prevention
Interview with Tim Molencamp, Doctor of Physical Therapy, at Mason City Clinic’s Cornerstone Physical Therapy about how to prevent falls at home.
GERD & the Linx Procedure
Interview with Dr. Matthew W. Fabian, DO about GERD and the Linx Procedure. Dr. Fabian to give free patient talk about GERD and the Linx Procedure on Tuesday, October 8th, at 6 PM, at the Mason City Clinic, Northbridge Mall, Albert Lea.
Interview with Timothy Dettmer, MD, ENT physician on Inspire Therapy, an alternative to CPAP for people with Sleep Apnea. Dr. Dettmer to give free patient talk about Inspire Therapy on Tuesday, September 24th, 6 PM, Mason City Clinic, Northbridge Mall, Albert Lea.
Weight Loss Surgery
Interview with Dr. Matthew W. Fabian, DO on Obesity and weight loss surgery. Dr. Fabian to provide a FREE seminar to help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you on October 2nd at 6 PM at Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea.
Listen to Dr. Timothy Mulholland, board-certified urologist discuss a very common birth control procedure for men, vasectomy. Aired June 4, 2019.
Prostate Cancer – Diagnosis & Treatment
Listen to Dr. Christopher Adams, board certified urologist talk with KWAY radio about a very common cancer that men face, prostate cancer. Aired May 14, 2019.
Listen to Dr. Trisha Thoma, board-certified ENT talk with KLMJ radio about allergy season. Aired May 30, 2019.
Finger Joint Replacement
Listen to Dr. Rene Recinos, board-certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon discuss finger joint replacement surgery for arthritis. Aired October 6, 2018.
Robotics & Surgery
Listen to Dr. Harsha Jayawardena, board-certified general surgeon discuss how the DaVinci Robotic System is helping surgeons perform many types of surgeries less invasively and with more accuracy. Aired August 25, 2018.
Carotid Artery Disease & Peripheral Artery Disease of the Leg
Listen to Dr. Jeffrey Rowe, board-certified vascular surgeon discuss carotid artery disease & peripheral artery disease of the leg. Aired October 27, 2016.
Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Surgery
Listen to Dr. Michael Scherb, board-certified orthopedic surgeon discuss foot and ankle reconstruction and surgery. Aired July 29, 2016.
Surgical Intervention of Ear Infections or Tonsils Removal
Listen to Dr. Henry Diggelmann, board-certified ENT, head & neck surgeon, talk with KGLO 1300 AM’s Tim Fleming about when you should consider surgical intervention for ear infections or removal of tonsils in children. Aired April 28, 2016.
Prostate Cancer – Diagnosis & Treatment
Listen to Dr. Christopher Adams, board-certified urologist talk with KGLO 1300 AM’s Tim Fleming about prostate cancer, who gets it and how to prevent, diagnose and treat it.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Laser & Skincare Center
Listen to Kris Loterbauer, a registered nurse at Mason City Clinic’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Laser and Skincare Center, discuss some nonsurgical treatments that can take away unwanted signs of aging like facial or body hair, wrinkles, skin discoloration and spider veins. Aired November 19, 2015.
Prevention and Treatment of ACL Tears for Young Athletes
Listen to Dr. Tim Gibbons, board certified orthopaedic surgeon offer advice on prevention and treatment for ACL tears in young and middle-aged athletes. Aired November 11, 2015.
How We Help Relieve Pain For You
Listen to Dr. Ronald Kloc, board-certified anesthesiologist with special qualifications in pain medicine, talk about a targeted approach to modify or destroy troublesome pain generators that affect a person’s quality of life. Aired September 24, 2015.
How To Treat Incontinence, In Men & Women
Listen to Dr. Christopher Adams, board certified urologist, talk about incontinence. Aired August 27, 2015.
Listen to Dr. Rene Recinos, board-certfied plastic and reconstructive surgeon, talk with KGLO-1300 AM’s Jesse Stewart about body contouring, a safe and effective way to tighten up loose and baggy skin after weight loss surgery. Aired July 30, 2015.
Joint Replacement Surgery
Listen to Dr. Darron Jones, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, talk about joint (knee, hip, shoulder) replacement surgery. Aired June 25, 2015.
Sleep Disorders – Diagnosing & Treating
Listen to Dr. Phillip Lee, board-certified ENT and sleep medicine expert, discuss diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, specifically sleep apnea. Aired May 28, 2015.
Allergies – Prevention & Treatment
Listen to Dr. Timothy Dettmer, a board certified ENT, discuss allergy prevention and treatment. Aired April 23, 2015.
Colon Cancer – Warnings, Prevention & Treatment
Listen to Dr. Manhal Tannous, board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, discuss colon cancer: its risks, warning signs and best ways to prevent and treat it. Aired March 26, 2015.
Listen to Dr. Matthew Flemming, a board-certified cardiologist, discuss America’s #1 health issue: heart disease. Aired February 26, 2015.
I used to visit the ER often with undiagnosed heart problems. During my last visit in 2004, they told me I probably wouldn’t make it another year. That’s when my doctor at Mason City Clinic found my mitral valve malfunction and surgically repaired it. I recently had my annual EKG exam and my cardiologist found no heart problems whatsoever. Which means I can keep raising my squash, musk melon and tomatoes.Read More
With no warning signs, Jansen Wyatt, 54, suddenly collapsed in his home last November. His daughter-in-law rushed him to the ER at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, where they diagnosed a severe heart attack. Jansen was helicoptered to Mason City’s Mercy Medical Center. Samuel Congello, DO, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy’s Heart and Vascular Institute.Read More
ENT & Allergy Patient
As a young girl I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. I had many ear infections and surgeries, but the problem only got worse. It was getting hard to do my job because I was missing parts of conversations. Hearing aids only caused me more infections. Then I found Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic. He recommended BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid), which creates sound using bone amplification.Read More
Plastic Surgery Patient
After years as a special education teacher handling children with significant disabilities and behavioral challenges, I began having limited use of my hands due to severe arthritis pain. I found myself fighting back tears every day because the pain was so bad. I could no longer enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, quilting, either. I met with Dr. René Recinos, a plastic surgeon from Mason City Clinic and recommended a procedure called arthrodesis.Read More
Retired school teacher Charlene Hanson used to love walking in the woods – until the pain and inflammation of arthritis took it away from her. Since she had heard such great things at church and in the community about Mason City Clinic’s Orthopedic Department and Dr. Darron Jones, she made them her choice to replace her arthritic hip and knee.Read More
Roger was always very active, but a few years ago his hip started to bother him. When he would go to bed at night the pain was very severe. “I would have to lay on the floor and put my legs up on the couch to relieve the pain,” said Roger.
His orthopedic surgeon at the Mason City Clinic Dr. Darron Jones said, “I can give you cortisone shots, but this is a quality of life question.
Plastic Surgery Patient
Donna Drake lived with a growing basal cell skin cancer (the most common skin cancer) on her lower eyelid for three years. A family practitioner at Franklin General Hospital recommended Mason City Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mulkey, who identified the cancer and performed the extremely delicate eyelid surgery to remove it and reconstruct her eyelid.Read More
Melody Wagner loved walking until severe pain from bunions stopped her cold. She found a board-certified podiatrist at Mason City Clinic’s Podiatry Department. Podiatrists perform leading-edge surgery for bunions and hammertoes, as well as advanced treatments for diabetic feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Melody was afraid of a painful procedure and a long recovery.Read More
One snowy night about seven years ago, I felt a sudden pain in the back of my leg. I thought I could shake it off and went out to shovel some snow. After a few minutes, I went back inside and collapsed. My wife called 911 but the ambulance couldn’t get to me because of the snow. My neighbors used snow blowers to clear the road and my driveway so the ambulance could get to me.Read More
I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said I was a candidate for knee replacement. I had the procedure in late January 2014 and was back among the grapes by the beginning of March.Read More
We have a lot of flower gardens on our acreage, and I was having problems kneeling to weed. I couldn’t walk long distances anymore and it was painful to get in and out of the car, walk up and down the stairs. Simple everyday tasks were hard. Eventually I was limping and in a great deal of pain.” said Sheryl Borcherding of Emmons, MN.Read More
Jane, 70, a retired nurse, is a very active person. She is a mother of one daughter and son in law, and has lots of 4 legged kids: guinea pigs, goats, Newfoundland dogs and 10 cats. I suffered with knee pain for a long time and would always take extra strength Ty-lenol.Read More
Gene Wagler, a special needs teacher from Clear Lake, didn’t have a history of heart problems before his heart attack 23 years ago. Gene said, “I didn’t feel any pain that day but I had a “gnawing” sensation in my chest. Within hours Gene was in the Mercy One-North Iowa ER and Dr. Sam Congello, an interventional cardiologist.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
Kathleen Hanna, 60, is a mother of four, grandmother of nine and a para-assistant at Forest City Elementary School. “I had heartburn with regurgitation for 40 years, have had an ulcer, and have been on heartburn medication for about that long too.” Having been on heartburn medication for many years her physician was becoming worried that it was affecting the function of her kidneys.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
In March 2019, Duane Obanion, 68, a farmer outside of Mason City, Iowa had an acid reflux attack. He aspirated into his lungs and got pneumonia. “I was in New York visiting my daughter when it happened and I ended up in the Urgent Care Center. When I got home I went to my family doctor and she put me in touch with Dr. Matthew Fabian, a general surgeon at the Mason City Clinic”.Read More
Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery Patient
In February 2019, LeAnn Strother 65, who is left-handed, fell and broke her left wrist. Because it was a complicated break she was referred into Dr. Rene Recinos, a plastics and reconstructive surgeon, and hand specialist at the Mason City Clinic for surgery. Most concerning for LeAnn was if this injury would impact all of the things she loves to do with her hands in the future?Read More
Dan Rodemeyer of Hampton, was at work when the unexpected happened. While on the loading dock, a 4,000 pound steel I-beam fell onto his foot. Dan said, “I was wearing steel toe boots, but the sheer weight of the steel beam crushed my foot and broke two of my toes. It was extremely painful to say the least.”
Dan initially went to the emergency room in Hampton. His foot had very severe soft tissue compression injuries, and there was an internal wound that was causing extreme swelling and pain. Although his big and second toe were broken, thankfully they were not compound fractures.
Urology (Prostate Cancer)
Paul Bruns of Clear Lake, a retired restaurateur and businessman, went to his Medicare screening with his family physician at the MercyOne Family Clinic in Clear Lake. To Paul’s surprise his physician called him back to let him know that his PSA count (protein in his prostate) was very high and that he needed to see a urologist as soon as possible.Read More
Podiatry (Dr. Henrich)
I am back to work on my feet everyday, and I walk my dog everyday. I don’t have any pain. Lisa Fuller, a mother of three from Algona, is on her feet a lot. “I own a can redemption center with my daughter and I am walking and moving eight hours a day. I used to come home with my feet swollen red and in pain. Now when I come home, I go take my dog for a long walk,” Lisa said.Read More
Credits Urologist Dr. Kevin Rier and Team For Her Recovery
Cindy Wingler, 55, was returning from a trip out west with her boyfriend when she didn’t feel well and went to the ER at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. She was nauseous and fatigued, and thought perhaps she was having another urinary tract infection which she had many of in her lifetime.Read More
Debbie Walker, 63 of Clear Lake, was in Minneapolis visiting her sister when she accidentally slipped and fell on an icy driveway and severely injured her shoulder.Read More
Jodi Suntken, of Mason City and mother of 2 boys, was desperate to achieve two things: be sick less, and be well more. In an effort to combat her chronic sinus infections, she consulted with Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic's ENT Department. Via CT scan, he discovered Jodi was born missing her frontal sinuses. Said Jodi, “Everyone usually has four sinus cavities: two maxillary (below your eyes), and two frontal (above your eyebrows).Read More
Rebecca (Becky) Groh
Rebecca (Becky) Groh, 64, only goes to one podiatrist in Mason City and that is Dr. Scott Donohoe.
“I have been to Dr. Donohoe three times - for my right and left foot bunions, and hammertoes, and recently he fixed a hammertoe on my left foot that was really bothering me.
Janet Stangl, 64, a retired administrative assistant from Charles City, was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2006. Said Janet, "I was in the severe sleep apnea zone. I stopped breathing 30-50 times per hour during the night. I was prescribed the CPAP.Read More
Said Kathy, “Many men on my side of the family have had heart problems, but the women haven’t so I assumed I was ok. I had experienced some pressure on my chest when walking or exercising for 15 minutes or more, but I thought I was just out of shape, or attributed it to my acid reflux. What I have learned is heart disease symptoms are different for women than men.”Read More