Our Practice

Dr Richard York M.D. in Ludington MI

Our Practice

Dr. York received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1981.  He completed his residency training in General Surgery in Cleveland,  then moved to Ludington, Michigan in 1989, where he set up his practice in General and Vascular Surgery.  He has been there since, serving his patients in a broad range of General Surgery services.  More recently, he has chosen to narrow the vascular (blood vessel) portion of his practice to venous disorders, for which he has obtained additional training, and now provides the most modern services and technology (see “Vein & Laser“).  This includes endovascular laser vein ablation, sclerotherapy, and microphlebectomies for treatment of varicose veins, and also treatment of venous leg ulcers, all performed as outpatient procedures in his clinic.

He has performed thousands of operations and procedures, and has continued training in the newest techniques and technology. He treats all ages, from young children to the elderly.

General Surgery also covers other specialty areas, including

1. Abdominal and gastrointestinal diseases, such as: Gallbladder disease, liver diseases, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitits, appendicitis, colitis, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer disease, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal bleeding, swallowing disorders, intestinal obstructions, and more.

2.  Hernia Surgery

3.  Cancer screening and cancer surgery, specifically for:

     (A)  Breast Cancer

    (B)  Colon and rectal cancer. Also other abdominal cancers, such as gastric, hepatobiliary, intestinal, pancreatic

     (C)  Skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma

     (D)  Endocrine tumors, such as thyroid

4.  Endoscopic Procedures.

Various internal parts of the body can be closely examined (for cancer prevention, to diagnose other problems, etc.) by inserting a thin flexible “scope” through natural openings in the body.  This is all performed as an outpatient procedure, and in a light sleep state, so that there is no discomfort or awareness.  Dr. York performs:

    (A)  EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)  to evaluate the esophagus, stomach and duodenum

    (B)  Colonoscopy, to evaluate the rectum and colon (lower intestine)

    (C)  Bronchopscopy, to evaluate the lungs

    (D)  Laryngoscopy, to evaluate throat and larynx (“voice box”).

Dr. York as performed thousands of these procedures over many years and keeps current with the newest techniques and technology.  He treats all ages, from young children to the elderly.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Facts:

Treatment and survival for several cancers has improved significantly, even for larger tumors.  Still, the best results come from prevention (removing precancerous growths) and early detection (finding these cancers when they are still small and early).

BREAST CANCER will affect about 1 of 8 women during their lifetime. It is the most common invasive cancer in women. However, if detected and treated early (Stage I) it has a 5 year survival rate of about 98% today.  The recommended way of finding these cancers when they are still small includes mammography and breast examinations by your doctor on a regular basis.  Mammograms (by law) are completely covered by all insurance plans, both private and government sponsored.  For those without insurance, most Health Departments cover it, depending on financial need. Call your local health department to determine eligibility.

COLON CANCER is the 3rd most common invasive cancer, in both men and women in this country.  It is also the 3rd highest cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.  However, if caught and treated early (Stage I) it has a greater than 90% 5 year survival rate. To detect colon cancers when they are still this small (and thus easier to treat and cure) almost always requires a colonoscopy.  People usually do not develop symptoms until the tumors become larger.  That is why screening colonoscopy is an important part of a routine check-up as you get older.  It is completely covered by all insurance, both private  and government, for all Americans age 50 and older (as required by law).  Colonoscopy is generally a covered benefit for younger people also, when they have certain symptoms or a family history of colon cancer.  Local health departments cover it for uninsured people over 50, depending  on personal financial status.

It is also significant that most colon and rectal cancers develop from a polyp, which initially is a small noncancerous growth that may have been present with no symptoms for years.  These polyps are detected and removed during a colonoscopy, thus likely preventing potential cancers from subsequently developing at that site.  Since colonoscopies have become more common in the past 2 decades, the incidence of colorectal cancer has actually been decreasing, probably for this reason. Nevertheless, colon cancer remains very common. Dr  York has been successfully performing cancer surgery for many years, and has a long list of past patients in our community who are now long term cancer survivors.