Surgical Procedures


Because colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in our community, colonoscopies are one of the more frequent procedures performed at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. During a colonoscopy procedure, a colonoscope is used to take pictures of the colon. The colonoscope allows the physician to obtain a small tissue sample and to apply medications or treatment directly to the lining of the colon. The procedure takes from 10 to 45 minutes.

Colorectal cancer tests save lives. Read our brochure for more information about colorectal cancer screenings at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

A variety of surgeries are performed to assist patients with ear, nose and throat conditions. Procedures can include tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and myringotomy tube insertion.


Gastroenterology (GI) focuses on the digestive system and associated disorders. Taylorville Memorial Hospital provides the latest advancements and procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal health issues which involve the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, colon and rectum. Procedures include:

  • Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD). This procedure uses an endoscope - a thin, flexible tube fitted with a camera that displays images on a viewing monitor - to examine the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the duodenum. This procedure allows the physician to diagnose, treat and document abnormalities of the upper GI tract.
  • Lower GI Endoscopy. Uses a flexible sigmoidoscope or colonoscope (a flexible tube-like device fitted with a miniature camera) to exam the rectum and the descending and sigmoid portions of the colon, up to 65 centimeters (about 25 inches).


A full range of services are available for patients needing gynecologic surgery. Laparoscopic procedures are performed both for diagnostic purposes and operative treatment. Dilation and curettage, thermal balloon endometrial ablation, operations for prolapse and incontinence, removal of benign tumors, and vaginal or abdominal hysterectomies are some of the common gynecologic surgeries performed. Malignancies involving the reproductive organs, including cancer of the cervix, uterus, and ovaries can also be treated.


We provide outpatient ophthalmic services for patients of varying ages. Cataract surgery is frequently performed on patients in the aging population. Visit our Ophthalmology Services page to learn more. 

Orthopedic Surgery

We offer state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary care for bone and joint disorders. Working with community orthopedic surgeons, our team of healthcare professionals provides comprehensive patient education, diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services for patients of all ages, including joint replacement surgery through Memorial's innovative JointWorks program. Through JointWorks, about 24 patients undergo knee and hip replacements annually. An experienced team of orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, therapists and social workers guides our patients from preoperative education through postoperative rehabilitation. Visit our Orthopedic Services page for more information. 


We provide a wide variety of procedures including carpal tunnel release, excision of cysts and small cancerous lesions and trigger finger release.


Podiatric services treat ailments of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists within the community perform surgical procedures using the most current technology available to the bones of the feet and ankle. Podiatric surgical services help relieve pain associated with foot deformities and improve function of the foot and ankle. Some procedures offered are bunionectomies, hammer toe corrections, excision of neuromas and fibromas and tarsal tunnel release.


TMH provides a full range of urological services for patients seeking diagnostic, treatment or surgical intervention for conditions of the genitourinary system. Some urological procedures can be performed using various endoscopes to visualize the bladder, ureter and kidneys. Transvaginal taping techniques improve or restore urinary continence.