Scope of Services

Colorado Springs Surgical Associates offers patients a full range of general, vascular, and trauma surgery. Some of the specific services we provide include minimally invasive vascular surgery, laparoscopic GI surgery (including colectomy, splenectomy, and bariatric surgery), hernia repair, oncologic surgery (for malignancies), and endocrine surgery. We have in-office ultrasound capabilities and our vein specialists provide minimally invasive therapy for varicose and spider veins.

 

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY

The term "minimally invasive surgery" covers a wide range of techniques designed to minimize scarring, pain, and recovery time. Laparoscopic abdominal surgery and minimal access vascular surgery are commonplace in our practice. Minimally invasive surgical approaches are potentially applicable to a variety of disease processes, such as:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery for benign and malignant processes
  • Stomach surgery, including surgery for reflux/GERD
  • Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity
  • Surgery for treatment of breast cancer (sentinel lymph node biopsy and breast conservation therapy)
  • Treatment of liver malignancies with radiofrequency ablation
  • Treatment of aneurysms of the abdominal aorta
  • Treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Treatment of varicose and spider veins
  • Treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • Treatment of appendicitis & diverticulitis

BARIATRIC SURGERY

The surgeons of Colorado Springs Surgical Associates have been involved in bariatric surgery, or the surgical treatment of morbid obesity, for over two decades. We strive to provide a complete assessment and care program for our bariatric patients, with preoperative evaluations from a nutritional specialist as well as a psychotherapist to ensure our patients are as prepared as possible to proceed with a their operation. Our surgeons are intimately involved with the preoperative evaluation and postoperative management of our bariatric surgical patients. The surgical treatment options offered by CSSA, laparoscopic and open Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND®), are described here.

We have partnered with Penrose-St.Francis Hospital to develop and maintain a bariatric surgical program which has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. While there is a wide variety of information available to patients regarding surgical treatment of morbid obesity, much of it can be confusing or misleading. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent web resource for patients considering weight loss surgery. More detailed information is available from Obesity Help.com. We encourage any who may be interested in weight loss surgery to contact our Bariatric Nurse Coordinator, Fran Jackson, at 719-776-5359.

VASCULAR SURGERY

Our board certified Vascular Surgeons treat all types of blood vessel conditions. We treat vascular conditions with both traditional "open" surgical techniques as well as with minimally invasive options using lasers, stents, catheters, and angioplasty balloons. Some of the conditions we commonly address are:

  • Aneurysms
  • Carotid artery narrowing(which leads to strokes and TIAs)
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (i.e. hardening of arteries in the legs)
  • Blood Clots and DVT (deep venous thrombosis)
  • Varicose and Spider Veins
  • Kidney Artery Blockages
  • Vein access procedures such as infusaports for chemotherapy

 

ULTRASOUND DEPARTMENT

For the convenience of our patients we have a nationally accredited Ultrasound Department located within our office facility. We have full-time certified ultrasound technicians available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and you can often get your test performed at the time of your doctor visit. Ultrasound procedures offered include:

  • Adominal Ultrasound Screen to evaluate for abdominal pain or gallstones
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Blood Clot or DVT screening
  • Evaluation of the cause of varicose & spider veins (Looking for the condition known as Venous Reflux or Insufficiency)
  • Abdominal Aneurysm Screening
  • Carotid Stenosis Screen (i.e.Screen for a condition that leads to strokes)
  • Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease (i.e. screen for poor circulation in the legs)
  • Segmental Pressure Testing, including exercise stress testing
  • Follow-up evaluation on angioplasty and stents
  • Vein mapping
  • Evaluation of Dialysis Devices
  • Evaluation of Leg Swelling
  • Evaluation for kidney artery stenosis (which can lead to hypertension or kidney failure)

 

VARICOSE VEIN & SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT

Our Vein & Laser Clinic offers treatments for both cosmetic and symptomatic reasons. We offer the most state-of-the-art treament methods including laser (EVLT), radiofrequency ablation, and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Most procedures are performed in our Vein Clinic in the office and require minimal recovery time. More information is available at veindirectory.org.