Select procedures can be performed close to home
A higher level of health care is now available in Red Lodge. Patients from the surrounding region who desire certain outpatient surgical procedures can have the surgery conveniently performed at Beartooth Billings Clinic. Both surgeons and patients find many benefits in the new outpatient surgery services available at Beartooth.
Surgeons choose to perform certain elective minimally invasive procedures at Beartooth because they like the spacious sophisticated operating room, the expertise of the highly trained surgical team, and the fact that their patients don’t have to travel 60 miles before--and after--a procedure, especially when driving conditions are poor.
There are a number of reasons patients will prefer having their outpatient surgery at Beartooth as well. According to Stephanie Anderson, Outpatient Surgery Coordinator at Beartooth, “Patients will avoid the extra time and cost of driving to Billings, plus we have ample parking close to the facility. A patient will receive the personal care they are accustomed to at Beartooth, which is more difficult to find in larger hospitals. We offer flexible procedure scheduling and most patients appreciate how quickly they will be back in their own home following surgery.” Anderson noted outpatient procedures are less invasive, allowing a patient to return to their own home the same day--which generally results in faster recovery times. In some cases, a surgical procedure can be scheduled at Beartooth sooner than if it were scheduled in Billings due to availability of the facility.
The Beartooth Billings Clinic Operating Suite. made possible through the generosity of the Cory Cabral and Jim Drescher Families, was included in the original construction of the new medical facility in 2010. The ramp up phase included a rigorous certification and licensing process which requires passing strict safety and medical standards; purchasing sophisticated equipment and recruiting surgeons. Beartooth’s first outpatient surgical procedure, the removal of a mass, was performed in January by John Pender, MD, Billings Clinic General Surgeon.
Examples of elective surgical procedures that can be performed at Beartooth include removal of lumps, fatty tumors, breast biopsy of superficial mass, excision of Skin Cancer spots, open hernia repair, hemorrhoid banding and removal of hemorrhoids (hemorrhoidectomy). The patient’s general health and other conditions may affect the ability of the procedure to be done at Beartooth. Patients who are thinking of having an elective surgical procedure should ask their doctor or surgeon if the procedure could be done at Beartooth. For info, call Stephanie Anderson, RN, Outpatient Surgery Coordinator, at 406.446.0560.