About Rocky Mountain Surgical Specialists

At Rocky Mountain Surgical Specialists, we specialize in many aspects of surgery, including gallbladder, endocrine, colon, rectal and robotic surgical procedures as well as advanced hernia treatment. Our surgeons are recognized by the American College of Surgeons and have extensive training and experience in all aspects of general surgery.

As part of our commitment to patient-centered care, our physicians and staff take steps to ensure you feel educated about and involved in your treatment plan. Our focus is on your safety and delivering an optimal outcome so you can feel better and get back to your normal life quickly.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (303) 388-2922.

Rocky Mountain Surgical Specialists is Rose Medical Center's exclusive general surgery practice. General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses mainly on the abdominal and pelvic regions, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts and, at times, the thyroid gland.

Whenever possible, we used minimally invasive or robot-assisted techniques during surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgeries are done through smaller incisions than traditional operations, resulting in less pain, reduced scarring and a faster recovery for most patients.

Our physicians are experienced in a wide range of procedures, including:

Colon and rectal surgery

We treat many conditions of the colon and rectum, such as:

  • Anal fissures
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Perirectal abscess
  • Rectocele

In addition, we perform colonoscopies for diagnostic and polyp removal purposes.

Gallbladder treatment

The gallbladder is a small sac that protrudes from the bile duct. It stores bile temporarily, and empties occasionally, often after meals, allowing more bile to flow into the intestine.

Functional problems result when the gallbladder simply stops working properly. It's not known why this happens. The term for this is biliary dyskinesia and includes a group of problems that result when bile is not flowing properly.

Gallstones form in the gallbladder because the bile is stagnant here, and substances in the bile turn into solids, forming stones. Problems occur when the stones block the gallbladder or pass into the bile duct.

Symptoms of gallstones

Symptoms of gallstones include:

  • Back pain between your shoulder blades
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your right shoulder
  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone or in the upper-right portion of your abdomen

Gallbladder surgery

We use laparoscopic methods, which include a small camera inserted into the site, to treat gallbladder issues. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. There are four small incisions, but no stitches or bandages are needed. Patients are usually home about two hours after the operation.

Hernia repair

A hernia is a hole in the muscle of the abdominal wall. Other parts of the body can push through this hole, often causing a bulge that you can see or feel on the skin.

Hernias occur in a few predictable locations:

  • Incisional hernias occur anywhere within the abdominal wall muscle where a previous operation was performed
  • Inguinal hernias are found in the groin area, just above the pubic bone
  • Umbilical hernias occur along the midline of the abdominal wall between the belly button and sternum
  • Sports hernia is not truly a hernia but instead is a chronic groin pain from long-term vigorous athletic activity in the area where an inguinal hernia is usually discovered

Hernia symptoms

Common symptoms of a hernia include:

  • A visible lump or bulge on the outside of the body that can be pushed back in or that disappears when lying down
  • Pain or a burning sensation at the site
  • Pain when lifting heavy items
  • A feeling of weakness or pressure in the affected area

Hiatal hernias may also cause symptoms such as acid reflux, shortness of breath and difficulty swallowing.

Hernia treatment

Hernias don't always require repair. If a hernia is small and not painful, a hernia specialist may just observe the hernia for any changes over time. Most hernias do get bigger, and careful observation for symptoms is important. Hernias that are painful or getting larger should be repaired.

Most hernia repair involves a hernia surgeon reconstructing the abdominal wall with a specific type of mesh. Recurrence rates with mesh are significantly lower than those without, depending on the type of hernia and the patient's condition.

Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

We've performed over 2,000 thyroid and parathyroid procedures. Common endocrine conditions treated include thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and parathyroid disease.

Other procedures and surgeries

We perform a wide variety of surgical procedures that fall under our extensive training expertise, including:

  • Abdominal adhesion surgery
  • Advanced wound care
  • Appendectomy
  • Biopsies and removal of abdominal masses
  • Breast surgery
  • Elective and emergency intestinal surgery
  • ​Intra-abdominal tumors
  • Liver biopsy
  • Lung surgery
  • Lymph node biopsy and removal
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Nerve biopsy
  • Pilonidal cyst surgery
  • Reflux surgery
  • Soft tissue tumor masses (lipomas, cysts, moles)
  • Spleen surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Temporal artery biopsy

Getting to our office

We are located on East 9th Avenue, near Clermont Street and next to Rose Medical Center. Our address is:

​4545 E. 9th Ave., Suite 460
Denver, Colorado 80220

Get directions

Phone: (303) 388-2922

Hours: We are open for appointments Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm.​

Parking: Parking is available in the parking deck next to Rose Medical Center.