Advanced Surgery Available Locally
Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in Miami County is the advanced level of surgery options available locally.
“We can provide most of the same surgery solutions offered in metropolitan areas right here in our community,” said Stewart Lowry, M.D., FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons), chairman of the department of surgery at Upper Valley Medical Center, and a partner at Miami County Surgeons. “Residents of Miami County and surrounding communities can turn to our group for everything from the most routine surgical procedures, to advanced, state-of-the-art solutions that enhance patients’ overall health and quality of life.”
“For example, patients don’t have to travel to Dayton or other major cities for advanced cancer care,” explained Dr. Lowry. “We offer cutting-edge investigative and treatment procedures right here.”
One specific advance in cancer care the Miami County Surgeons are providing in conjunctions with UVMC Cancer Care Center is mammosite catheters for treating breast cancer. This solution is highly targeted, delivering radiation treatment from inside the body after the cancer has been removed. This means the treatment cycle is usually five days, instead of five to seven weeks, so patients can get back to their normal lives much faster. An additional advantage of mammosite treatment: it is an outpatient procedure, so no hospital stay is required.
“I see myself as being a champion for cancer care,” added Dr. Lowry. “As a Cancer Liaison Physician, I help coordinate the efforts of Upper Valley Medical Center and various organizations such as the American Cancer Society, to provide the best cancer care for our patients.”
Vascular Surgery Solutions
For patients with arterial blockages affecting blood flow and circulation, Miami County Surgeons offer modern vascular solutions such as balloons and stents.
“This is a growing area of surgery, as more individuals are being diagnosed with heart disease and related conditions,” said Rowan Nickol, M.D., partner in the surgical practice since 1987. “Some patients still require traditional surgery, but these newer, less invasive solutions work well for more and more individuals. We’re getting good results with fewer complications and quicker recovery.”
“It’s very much a growing field here,” added Dr. Nickol, a Versailles, native. “We’re offering the same types of solutions as doctors in Dayton, without the expense and hassle of going into the city.”
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeries
More and more surgical procedures can now be performed using laparoscopic techniques which are less invasive, requiring a smaller incision than traditional surgeries. This means faster healing and less scarring for the patient. This technology can be used for colon surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, and other surgical procedures.
On-Q Post-Surgical Pain Relief
Another advance used by the Miami County Surgeons is On-Q catheters for post-surgical pain relief. “This solution greatly reduces the need for pain pills or shots,” said Christopher Grove, M.D., FACS. “It continuously delivers local anesthetic direct to the surgical site. It reduces pain and helps speed recovery.”
State-of-the-Art Computer Technology
An integral part of the advanced surgical solutions offered by the Miami County Surgeons is the practice’s used of computer technology. “We can look at arteriograms right here in our office,” said Dr. Nickol. “We are connected directly to UVMC, which helps speed communications between the hospital and our office. That ultimately means more efficient, timely care for our patients.”
Miami County Surgeons also includes surgeons Patrick Larreategui, D.O., FACOS (Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons) and Daniel Taylor, M.D., FACS. All five surgeons within the group are board-certified by the American Board of Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and continue to keep up with the latest developments in surgical procedures. In addition, the practice includes two highly-skilled physician assistants, Melinda Duff, PA-C and Amie Rinaldi, PA-C; and a dedicated staff of nurses and other allied health professionals.
Miami County Surgeons, Inc. is an Upper Valley Professional Corporation Group operating exclusively at UVMC. Their offices recently relocated to the UVMC Outpatient Care Center/North at 280 Looney Rd., Suite 204 , Piqua. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (937) 773-4123 or learm more about our practice.