Columbus General Surgery provides compassionate, comprehensive care
It was a frustrating time for the Pugh family.
Lauren, the teenage daughter of Mike and Natalie Pugh, was experiencing pain in her side that started in late 2019. Time and again, doctors told the family that they couldn’t determine the cause of her discomfort.
It wasn’t until they visited Columbus General Surgery and Lauren was seen by Dr. Jeremy Albin that progress was made.
“I wish I could portray the frustration we had up until that point. We talked to different doctors and did scans. They all said they couldn’t find anything,” Mike said.
That changed at Columbus General Surgery.
“From the first consultation, Dr. Albin was fantastic. He didn’t promise to change the world, but he was willing to take a look after we had been turned down or told that there was nothing there so many times before,” Mike said.
After an ultrasound, an abnormality was found. Albin performed exploratory surgery and discovered that the problem was cartilage growing between muscles in Lauren’s upper abdomen. He removed the cartilage through an outpatient procedure in September 2020.
Lauren has since recuperated through physical therapy and a steroid treatment. She has even felt well enough to begin taking part in one of her favorite activities – running. She wasn’t able to run for a while because of the pain and was eager to lace up her sneakers once again.
“She started running again in November. I never saw her so excited,” Mike said.
Lauren’s procedure was the first experience at Columbus General Surgery for the Pughs.
“A lot of times when you get into a health care system, you feel like you are being rushed out the door. They get you in and get you out. Not once did we ever feel that was the case there,” Mike said.
At Columbus General Surgery, patients come first.
“Every person who comes through our door should know that they are valued and will be treated with respect,” Albin said. “We hope to provide a warm, caring environment where patients feel heard and understood. We strive to offer hope and a sympathetic ear. Many of our patients do not choose the conditions with which they come in. We want to work together with them to create workable solutions that may or may not require surgery, according to the latest clinical guidelines.”
Columbus General Surgery staffs a team of board-certified doctors, including Dr. Ronald Ernst, who started the clinic and has more than 30 years of experience; Albin, who has served Columbus for nearly seven years; and Dr. Myron Morse, who started practicing in Columbus in 1998. The most recent addition is Dr. Jacob Oran, who joined the team in February.
Morse helped treat Sue Gonka when she experienced extreme discomfort in her stomach.
The pain started after her morning exercise in February last year.
“I came home and I didn’t even get my shower taken. I had the worst, most excruciating pain. I knew there was something seriously wrong,” she said.
Gonka called her sister to take her to the emergency room at Columbus Community Hospital. There, it was determined that the pain was from her gallbladder.
An appointment was quickly set up with Morse to have her gallbladder removed though an outpatient procedure.
“He is the kindest, most compassionate doctor. He doesn’t try to talk above you. He listens to you and doesn’t rush. He answers all your questions,” Gonka said.
The staff at Columbus General Surgery are committed to the health and well-being of all their patients.
“We want to provide compassionate, comprehensive surgery care from start to finish,” Morse said.
Gonka is thankful for the care she received during a scary time.
“The nurses and doctors were amazing. I can’t say it enough,” she said. “Columbus is so lucky to have such fine facilities like Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus General Surgery. When you have to go through something like that, it is so good to know you have professionals here. Why leave Columbus when you have such a good, caring team of nurses and doctors in a great hospital?”
At Columbus General Surgery, expert care is provided to treat a variety of diseases and manage patients who have life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
The surgeons at Columbus General Surgery provide consults for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. They evaluate and treat the following:
- Skin lesions
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Thyroid disorders
- Benign and malignant breast, colon and anorectal disorders
- Vein conditions