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    Everyone at Novant Health Surgical Associates is proud of the exemplary surgical care we provide to our patients. We value their feedback, and take pride in their words of support.

    We always invite you to contact us and share your story!

    Novant Health Surgical Associates Saved My Life

    My primary care physician discovered I was anemic during routine blood work. He sent me for a colonoscopy and a tumor was detected. I didn't even know I was sick. How could I have cancer? My doctor recommended Dr. Richard Scallion for care. I didn't have time to ask around, but trusted his advice and was happy to be getting my care locally. When we met to discuss the surgery, Dr. Scallion made me feel sure that it was going to be all right. I just put everything in his hands. If there's a problem with your health, I believe that you should do everything to fix it immediately and that's how we approached my treatment. It's amazing what they can do with laparoscopic surgery. You recover so much quicker with small incisions. A few weeks later I was mowing my yard, and now I feel like a million bucks. I would never go anywhere else.

    Pat Greene
    Mother, Grandmother and Retired Entrepreneur, Supply, NC


    Thanks To Novant Health Surgical Associates, I'm A Survivor


    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, my biggest fears were not seeing my daughters graduate or have children. I beat cancer with the help of Brunswick Surgical Associates and my family, and celebrate life every day. I found the lump during a self-exam and my physician referred me to Dr. Mark Tillotson. Dr. Tillotson was compassionate and answered all my questions. He developed a treatment plan with my oncologist and did my lumpectomy surgery right here in Brunswick County. I was comfortable at the local hospital where my children were born and was able to go home the same day. After six months of infusion and five weeks of radiation, I was cancer free. One hospital technician even cried with me when the follow-up mammogram was clear. Everyone at Novant Health Surgical showed concern and comfort. Even when I was bald, they made me feel beautiful. I can't imagine facing cancer with anyone else.

    Ronda Shook
    Mother, Grandmother and Six-Year Breast Cancer Survivor, Calabash, NC



    Novant Health Surgical Associates Got Me Back In The Game

    I was playing golf when I developed intense abdominal pain. My doctor suspected a hernia and recommended local expert Dr. Richard DeSandre. Testing revealed rare bilateral hernias on both sides. They hadn't bulged out, so Dr. DeSandre feared they were dangerously close to vital organs. He recommended laparoscopic surgery as soon as possible. I felt so comfortable that I didn't even seek a second opinion. During surgery, Dr. DeSandre also did my annual colonoscopy and biopsied some suspicious polyps. He went above and beyond repairing the hernias and made the most of my time in the operating room. I went home that afternoon and back to work three days later. A month after surgery I was back on the golf course. My recovery was quick and painless.

    I've been to major New York medical centers, but the care I get locally is second to none.

    Tom Turano
    Grandfather, Golfer and Transplanted New Yorker, Southport, NC