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General Surgery

River Valley Physicians’ general surgery office is staffed by board-certified surgeons who provide evaluation and treatment for a full range of general surgery conditions. The surgeons who practice at this location offer innovative surgical procedures, state-of-the-art technology, and high-quality patient care for surgical management of common and complex surgical diseases.

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Your Safety Is Our Priority

General Surgical services offered by River Valley Physicians often employ methods that are at the leading edge of surgical technology, with strong emphases on patient safety and quality of outcomes.


Returning You to Health Quickly

Our physicians use the most trusted surgical methods and advanced treatment options available to help you recover more quickly. Surgeries are performed by using minimally invasive methods, including laparoscopy, which requires smaller incision sites and a small camera to perform surgeries.


Caring Staff

Our dedicated team of surgeons and support staff will be here when you need us most. Our staff will treat you like family, from the pre-surgery consultation through your surgery and during your recovery. No need to travel outside the East Liverpool area for quality surgical care. Our office is conveniently located in downtown East Liverpool with surgical procedures being performed at East Liverpool Health System.

Contact Us

Joseph F. Yurich, M.D.

Joseph F. Yurich, M.D.

General Surgery
425 W. 5th Street; 6th Floor
East Liverpool, OH 43920


  • General Surgery: Endoscopy, Laparoscopy, Hernia Repair, Gallbladder, Skin Lesions/Abscesses, Breast Biopsies, Open Procedures

Specialized Training

  • Robotic Assist Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Conscious Sedation

Education & Training

  • Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOMED)
  • United States Army Reserve Corp.
  • Residency, General Surgery, St. Elizabeth Health Center

Our Specialties

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body.

Breast & Soft Tissue Surgeries/Biopsy

Procedures performed include stereotactic and surgical biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, and breast node removal.

Colorectal Surgeries and Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures are performed on the colon and rectum to address problems associated with cancer, internal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and inflamatory bowel disease, fistulas and an anal prolapse. Furthermore, the physicians regularly perform a colonoscopy for patients.

Endocrine Surgery

Physicians can perform surgeries to remove lymph nodes and the thyroid gland. Endocrine Surgeries include operations on one or more of the endocrine glands. These glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream, and have an important influence over the functions of almost all cells in the body.

Bowel Resection

Bowel resection is a surgical procedure in which a part of the large or small intestine is removed. It may be performed due to cancer, necrosis, enteritis, diverticular disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, or a block in the intestine due to scar tissue.

Wound Management

Prevention of wound complications and promotion of wound healing.


A surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder – a pear-shaped organ that sits just below your liver on the upper right side of your abdomen. Your gallbladder collects and stores bile – a digestive fluid produced in your liver.

Appendectomy/Emergency Surgery

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. This procedure is normally performed as an emergency procedure, when the patient is suffering from acute appendicitis.