Surgical Services at St. Mary’s Medical Center

When you choose St. Mary’s Medical Center for surgery, you’ll be in the capable hands of an expert surgical team with a track record of success.

Skilled specialists for the Western Slope

At St. Mary’s Medical Center, you have access to some of the most skilled surgeons and the latest technology available in western Colorado and eastern Utah, whether your surgery is common or complex. This means that for most surgeries you can get the care you need without traveling hundreds of miles to a major city such as Denver or Salt Lake City. We provide robotic-assisted surgery, weight loss surgery, and the only complete heart surgery program in western Colorado.

Surgical specialties

You may need surgery for any number of reasons. Perhaps you were in a bad accident or have just received a cancer diagnosis. You could have a loved one who has a GI issue or a heart concern. Any of these conditions may need a surgical procedure.

In addition to general surgery, which treats a broad range of conditions, our surgical services include:

Types of Surgery

At one time having surgery meant having to stay in the hospital a few days. Today, advancements in minimally invasive procedures, pain control and anesthesia often make it possible to go home the same day.

Technology has transformed surgical care. Often you can avoid the need for large incisions or long healing times. Some surgeries are inpatient, meaning we admit you to the hospital for recovery and monitoring. Others are outpatient, or ambulatory, allowing you to go home the day of your procedure. Your doctor will determine the best approach for you, based on your diagnosis and health needs.

Learn more about the types of surgery you might have below.


Getting ready for surgery

Whether you’re scheduled for your first operation or you’ve had others in the past, surgery can be a major event. That’s why we help you know what to expect, focus on your comfort and communicate openly with you and your loved ones.

Learn what to expect before, during and after surgery. Then talk to your primary care provider about these surgery options.

Questions about anesthesia?

You may be nervous about going under anesthesia, even if your procedure is minor. Our anesthesiologists are specially trained to make sure you’re safe and comfortable at all times. They track your care during both your procedure and recovery.

Learn more about anesthesia.

A partner in your care

Our team will walk you through every step from pre-surgical preparation through recovery. You’ll meet with nurses, pharmacists, your anesthesiologist and other specialists. Our goal is to give you confidence and peace of mind.

Our surgeons have advanced training, and our nurses have specialized certifications in surgery.

As part of your post-op surgical care, you’ll receive support for any pain management concerns. We round out our team with case managers who help you navigate everything from paperwork and billing to heading home.

Learn more about the surgical team.

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