Surgical services in Denver
Knowing you have to have a surgical procedure can be nerve-wracking and anxiety inducing. With a focus on patient-centered care, the surgical teams within the HealthONE Physician Group network are making surgery easier and less invasive, using new technology to provide more detailed treatment and faster recover times.
For more information on our surgical procedures, you can schedule an appointment.
Many people think "general surgery" is just an umbrella term for all types of surgery, but it actually pertains to a surgical specialty focusing on the parts of the body between the neck and the pelvis as well as the skin.
Our general surgeons are experienced in performing many procedures on the abdomen, breast, colon, endocrine system and skin. Types of general surgeries we perform and conditions we treat include:
- Abdominal adhesions
- Abdominal mass
- Abdominal pain evaluation
- Achalasia (inability to push food down to the stomach)
- Acute care surgery
- Adhesiolysis (a procedure that removes abdominal adhesions)
- Adrenal disease
- Anorectal disease
- Benign and malignant breast disease (such as removing cancerous breast tissue)
- Benign and malignant colorectal disease
- Benign and malignant gastric disease
- Benign and malignant small bowel disease
- Biliary tract and gallbladder disease
- Breast and sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Colonoscopy and endoscopy
- Feeding tube access
- Gallbladder surgery
- Gastroparesis (a disease in which the stomach cannot empty)
- Hernia repairs (inguinal, hiatal, paraesophageal and abdominal wall)
- Liver biopsy
- Lung surgery
- Muscle and soft tissue biopsy
- Pancreas disease
- Reflux surgery
- Splenectomy (removal of the spleen)
- Skin cancer surgery
- Small bowel surgery
- Surgical wound care
- Temporal artery biopsy
- Urologic surgery, including prostatectomy and nephrectomy
The gallbladder is a small sac-like organ that stores bile temporarily and empties, often after meals, allowing more bile to flow into the intestine.
Gallbladders can stop working due to gallstones and a condition called biliary dyskinesia. Both occur when bile is not flowing properly.
When either problem causes symptoms, we recommend surgery. We use laparoscopic surgery, which includes a small camera inserted into the site to view the gallbladder while surgeons treat the problem using tiny instruments.
A hernia is a hole in the muscle of the abdominal wall. Other tissue can push through this hole, often causing a bulge that can be seen or felt on the skin.
Hernias occur in a small number of locations:
- Incisional hernias — occur anywhere within the abdominal wall muscle where a previous operation was performed
- Inguinal hernias — hernias found in the groin area just above the pubic bone
- Sports hernia — not a true hernia but rather an injury where inguinal hernias occur; it’s a condition of chronic groin pain, typically from long-term vigorous athletic activity
- Umbilical hernias — occur along the midline of the abdominal wall between the belly button and sternum
Hernias don't always require repair. If a hernia is small and not painful, we may just observe the hernia for any changes. Most hernias do get bigger with time. Hernias that are painful or getting larger should be repaired.
Modern hernia surgery involves reconstructing the abdominal wall with a specialized type of mesh. Recurrence rates with mesh are significantly lower than those without, depending on the type of hernia and the patient's condition.
Other types of surgery offered across HealthONE Physician Group
Our network of physician practices includes a large roster of skilled surgeons who collectively specialize in several types of surgery and are able to treat conditions affecting virtually your entire body, from your head (neuro/brain surgeons) to your toes (orthopedic surgeons).
Breast surgery is a treatment option for both malignant (cancerous) and benign (non cancerous) breast diseases. Our team is lead by a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with specialized training in a wide range of breast procedures. She focuses on minimally invasive techniques and the use of advanced technology and, when possible, performs recontructive breast surgery at the same time as removing cancerous tumors or tissue (oncuplastics).
Some of the cardiac procedures we perform include repair of congenital heart abnormalities, coronary bypass grafting and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Common vascular conditions we treat include abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and peripheral artery disease.
Ear, nose and throat
Our providers are experienced in treating many conditions of the ear, nose and throat. They use advanced diagnostic and treatment options, many of which can be performed with small incisions and precise technology. Some of these procedures include esophagectomy, laryngectomy, tonsillectomy and reconstructive surgeries of the face, head and neck.
Gynecologic and urogynecologic surgery
Our gynecologic surgeons perform a range of gynecological surgeries from diagnostic laparoscopy to complex abdominal procedures. Some of the surgeries we perform include biopsies, hysterectomies, myomectomies and tubal ligation.
We treat pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic prolapse, offering a range of urogynecological procedures including bladder suspension surgery and sacrocolpopexy.
Our comprehensive orthopedic care program provides you with diagnosis and treatment for a range of orthopedic conditions, including joint replacement, bone tumors, complex fractures and soft tissue sarcomas.
When your child needs surgery, the experienced pediatric surgeons within Rocky Mountain Pediatric Specialists, our partner network dedicated to children's medical care in Denver, can help. Our pediatric surgeons cater to the specific health needs of kids and offer compassionate surgical care based on medical best practices. Treatment for children can be different than adult treatment, and our specialists always keep the unique needs of your child in mind.
Our specialists can perform many complicated neurological procedures on the brain, back and spinal cord. These procedures range from herniated disc surgery and spinal fusion to brain tumor surgery and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt insertion.
When medication, pain management and physical therapy can't relieve back pain, our doctors can perform spine surgery. Many of our procedures are minimally invasive and include discectomies, spine decompressions and spinal fusion.
Thoracic surgery includes any surgery performed on the organs of the chest, including the heart, lungs and esophagus. We perform such procedures as lung cancer and esophageal cancer treatment, removal of chest wall tumors and other thoracic malignancies as well as benign pleural and esophageal conditions.
Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
Minimally invasive surgery allows for small incisions using a camera, catheter or robotic arms. These devices help surgeons gain more control during the procedure and reduce risks. Since these surgeries involve less cutting, there are fewer complications and a faster recovery. Many of the neurological surgeries we perform are minimally invasive.
Our surgeons have specialized training in robot-assisted gynecologic surgery, which allows us to perform complex procedures in a minimally invasive fashion. With robotic surgery, specialized 3D optics allow high-definition visualization at the surgical site. This greater visibility helps us perform difficult procedures as safely as possible.