PacMed Surgical Specialists – First Hill
Every year, about 15 million Americans* have surgery. The vast majority of these are not immediate, life-or-death procedures. With most general surgeries, you’ll have time to discuss your care and your procedure with our General Surgery team.
General surgeons have extensive, specialized training to diagnose and treat disease and injury. Their experience and knowledge span all phases of surgical care—from the diagnostic to preoperative care, from the actual surgery to postoperative monitoring.
With today’s minimally invasive surgical techniques, many surgeries that formerly required a large incision now can be done using a series of small cuts. This means less scarring and a quicker recovery. Surgeons use the small incisions to insert a thin tube with a camera (a laparoscope) into the body. Then, they use small tools to do the surgery. Removal of the gall bladder is one example of a common laparoscopic surgery that formerly required a large abdominal incision.
At Pacific Medical Centers, your general surgeon and the professional surgical staff will discuss your procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. You will learn about the procedure itself, anesthesia and recovery. Your surgeon will also work with your primary care provider to coordinate your treatment and continued care.
Procedures are performed at Swedish Hospital, considered one of the finest facilities in the Pacific Northwest.
*Source: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
General surgeons focus on surgeries in these primary areas:
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Abdominal organs (including the intestines, esophagus, stomach, colon, liver and gallbladder)
- Breast, skin and soft tissue
- Head and neck, including trauma, vascular, endocrine, congenital disorders and oncologic disorders
- Endocrine system (including thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas)
- Vascular system (excluding the heart and vessels in the skull)
- Cancer (screening, therapy, rehabilitation and follow-up)
WHAT TO BRING
Bring the following items to make the most of your time with the doctor:
- ID and insurance cards
- Your co-pay
- Any X-rays and labs from outside the PacMed/Swedish/Providence network
- A list of your questions and symptoms.
Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to park and check in. Read more details on how to prepare for your visit.
CHECK YOUR COVERAGE
To avoid financial surprises, we recommend calling your insurance before your visit to check your coverage for:
- Pacific Medical Centers
- The provider you’re seeing
- The services or procedures you are coming in for.
It’s good to ask your insurance whether our clinic and provider are in network and what your financial responsibility might be.
If you or a family member are active or retired military, you may be eligible for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP).
USFHP is TRICARE prime option offering top-quality civilian medical care. USFHP is sponsored by the Department of Defense and has been administered in our region by PacMed for over 30 years.
Call 800.585.5883 to learn more or enroll in the US Family Health Plan (USFHP).