Surgery 101

Surgery may be performed to: relieve or prevent pain, reduce symptoms, improve function, locate and remove a problem, or repair internal damage. As our knowledge of the physical body expands, and as technology progresses, procedures that once required a large opening can now be performed through a small incision. Advanced imagery allows surgeons to pinpoint problem areas more specifically, causing less overall disruption to the body. Recovery continues to become shorter and more comfortable. 

Providence Health's skilled team of surgeons are constantly reviewing the latest techniques and using the newest technology so that patients can receive the most up-to-date medical advances. 

Our surgical services include: 

Having Surgery? Here are some questions to ask your surgery team before the procedure:

Getting comfortable with surgery is easier when you understand why you need a procedure. Don't hesitate to ask the surgeon questions, and consider bringing a friend or family member to help you remember the answers. If you don't understand something that is said, ask the surgeon to explain more clearly. 

  • What is the surgery? Why should I get it now?
  • How will the surgery affect my health and lifestyle?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used? What are the side effects and risks of this anesthesia?
  • Will I be in pain? How long will the pain last?
  • When will I be able to go home after the surgery?
  • What will the recovery be like? How long will it take to feel better?
  • What will happen if I don't have the surgery?
  • Is there anything else I should know about this surgery?