PARKERSBURG - A well-respected nurse, author and speaker is doing well following surgery to repair a giant paraesophageal hernia two months ago at Camden Clark Medical Center's St. Joseph's Campus.
"I feel wonderful," said Betty Neuman Dicklich, a registered nurse, writer, speaker and traveler. "I am very impressed with not only the facility, but especially Dr. Petrov."
Dicklich, a Watertown, Ohio, resident, pioneered the Neuman Systems Model to aid in teaching nurses more than 40 years ago and has worked extensively with physicians. She said having Dr. Roman Petrov perform the highly complicated hernia repair in March was "a pleasure."
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Registered nurse, author and speaker Betty Neuman Dicklich received surgery and treatment at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus, in March to repair a giant paraesophageal hernia with positive results, according to the doctor and patient.
"My whole adult life has been spent in medicine and I typically dislike working with physicians because they have attitudes that their time is worth more and they are better than others around them," she said. "But not Dr. Petrov.
"I have great respect and admiration for him as a person and a highly skilled, caring physician," Dicklich added.
For his part, Petrov, who is originally from Russia and received his training for the laparoscopic giant paraesophageal hernia repair in Pittsburgh, said he was impressed with his patient.
"She is a really nice lady," said Petrov. "At the age of 88, she is in wonderful shape and very mentally sharp."
The surgeon said he did not know of Dicklich's career history, which includes working as an educator, author, holistic health consultant and presenter in local, national and international forums, when he took her on as a patient.
"I knew she was a nurse and was happy to discuss in detail the surgery, but did not know she was so well known until she was here for the surgery," he said. "Many of our nurses brought me books (Dicklich) contributed to, which surprised me."
Dicklich was referred to Petrov in March by a physician in Marietta after having developed pneumonia three times in the past year from aspirated food and liquid because about half of her stomach had moved up into her chest cavity next to her heart.
"The stomach can die from lack of blood and that can lead to more health problems and the patient could die," Petrov said. "Surgery to repair the hernia is highly complicated."
Petrov said most of the patients who develop the condition are older - in their 70s and older - or obese.
"It is generally a condition of the elderly," he said. "There is also a good chance the condition is not recognized before there are other problems as it can be diagnosed as acid reflux or something else."
As for why Dicklich did not opt to have the surgery at a larger hospital in Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Columbus, she said it was all about Petrov.
"I felt very comfortable with him," Dicklich said. "Yes, he is highly skilled, but when I looked at his face and in his eyes, I saw compassion and not the arrogance most physicians in his position have.
"The fact he took me on a tour of the ICU himself also really impressed me," she continued. "I figured if he has the compassion to take me through the facilities on his own, he is the physician for me."