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General Surgery

From emergency c-sections to scheduled hernia repairs, every year patients throughout western Montana receive top quality surgical care at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Patients undergoing surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center know it is being performed in a setting with a reputation for excellent, high-quality care.

What is surgery?

Surgery is a medical specialty that provides healthcare treatment by opening the body to remove or fix organs, tissues or bones.

General surgeons are physicians extensively trained and prepared to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of diseases that require surgery. The expertise of a general surgeon is wide and ranges from investigative surgery in order to diagnose ailments, to the removal or repair of organs and other tissues.

General surgeons are also trained in trauma and emergency surgery. They are capable of dealing with almost any type of surgical emergency, but are often needed to stop internal bleeding, remove a gallbladder or appendix, correct a bowel obstruction or close an intestine.

What to Expect From Our Surgery Center

The surgery department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center includes your doctor, registered nurses, certified surgical technologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists. The surgical department is equipped with:

  • Two surgery suites
  • A preoperative admission area
  • An endoscopy/procedure room
  • Central sterilization/instrument processing
  • A recovery room.

Services currently provided include:

  • General surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Obstetric and gynecologic surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Gastroscopy/colonoscopy procedures

Your Pre-Surgery Care

We need important information about you to ensure you get the best, safest care possible. Before you come to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for surgery, please complete and bring your Personal Medication History form and the Adult Health Status form.

Your surgeon may want you to perform certain tests, have a preoperative appointment or use or stop taking certain medications before surgery. The preoperative appointment is an opportunity to talk with your surgeon and ask any questions before your surgery.

Above all, your health and your safety are important to us. Getting the right information helps us provide you with the safest, most effective care. If you are unable to download and print these forms, contact the admissions department at (406) 883-5680..