Ed Wehling, DO and Melissa Friedrich, CRNA

It’s been five and a half years since Dr. Ed Wehling arrived at Ringgold County Hospital. In that time, he and his team have performed countless surgeries and sent many patients home with a new lease on life. “We’re doing more and more procedures here because of word of mouth,” said Dr. Wehling. “Patients share their experiences, especially when the outcomes are life-changing.”

One of the more common procedures cures gastric reflux disease and hiatal hernias. “Many patients suffer from continual heartburn and chest pain that isn’t due to cardiac issues,” he explained. “Most are on several medications to manage symptoms like coughing and asthma because of continuous aspiration into the trachea. After the laparoscopic surgery, their symptoms are completely gone.” He added that patients typically go home after the surgery and after suffering for years, they no longer need to take any medication.

Dr. Wehling is also seeing excellent outcomes from performing endovascular surgeries. “We can treat problems affecting the blood vessels with a needle stick, and not an incision. Many patients think they’re just getting old and that’s why their legs hurt. But all leg pain is not because of aging or arthritis.” To encourage more people to pursue various options, he spends time on education and doing presentations in the community. “A lot of people still think that these options are only available in larger, city-based hospitals. We’ve got the technology and expertise right here. I think it’s important to let people know what we can do.” In addition to surgeries for existing conditions, Dr. Wehling and his team perform screenings like endoscopies and colonoscopies. “It used to be tough to sell someone on having a colonoscopy,” he admitted. “Scopes were bigger. Patients were given narcotics as anesthesia. The prep was bad. But now, there’s no excuse not to have a colonoscopy. It’s not uncomfortable. There’s no hangover feeling, and we may discover a polyp we can take out to save someone from full-on colon cancer.” Using the latest technologies combined with compassionate care, the surgical team at Ringgold County Hospital is changing lives and saving lives. “We just want to keep letting people know what we can do.” 

To set up a consultation with Dr. Wehling, call 641-464-4433.