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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our General Surgeons in Oklahoma City Specialize in Abdominal Procedures

General surgery typically focuses on the abdominal organs, including the stomach, large and small intestines, appendix and gallbladder, and our highly specialized team of general surgeons in Oklahoma City are familiar with a wide spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. As a result, they are able to diagnose and suggest treatments for many different conditions.

When you're at Summit Medical Center, you're in good hands. In practice, our general surgeons must first obtain initial certification in general surgery. The anatomical areas covered in this initial certification include the abdomen and its contents, the alimentary tract with emphasis on bariatric surgery, breast, skin and soft tissue, endocrine system, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care and oncology, vascular surgery, burns, trauma, and emergency care.

The American Board of Surgery also requires general surgeons in Oklahoma City to have knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology, along with infection and antibiotic usage, wound healing, fluid management, metabolism, nutrition, and management of postoperative pain. Patients can also expect our surgeons to have experience in pre- and post-operative care, management of complications, and the ability to interpret various types of diagnostic imaging.

Although general surgeons are required to have knowledge of all types of abdominal issues, several concentrations require further study for surgeons to become specialists in certain areas. These include bariatric, pediatric, thoracic, and vascular surgeries, along with organ transplantation. Additionally, general surgeons should be able to make early diagnosis and referrals for problems involving gynecology, urology, orthopedic, and hand issues. We are proud to say that our surgeons are all highly qualified in these areas.

Our surgeons also have the skills and knowledge necessary to care for terminally ill patients, including pain management, mitigation of weight loss and palliative care; weight-loss surgery, care, and counseling for morbidly obese patients and their families; management of chronic diseases in geriatric patients, and dealing with culturally diverse groups of people.

To learn more about Summit Medical Center and our team of specialized surgeons, feel free to contact us today.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Having a Cash Option for Surgical Services Can Be a Lifesaver

At our treatment center in Oklahoma City, our general surgeons are revolutionizing the way that patients pay for and obtain services. With our cash option, we are able to offer the highest quality of medical care to patients regardless of how they need to pay for the services.

Why We Disclose Our Prices

At our surgical center, we disclose our prices publicly so that our patients can plan for expenses and know what they are getting for their money. We believe in utilizing the benefits of the free market by allowing our patients to make informed decisions about the care they need. As such, we post the prices of more than one hundred of the procedures that we perform so that people can compare us with other facilities. The hope is that patients will find our prices to be fair and competitive, considering the best-in-class medical care we offer. Being upfront about the cost of care at our surgical center also means a greater level of trust between our medical team and our patients.

Advantages of Cash for Medical Care

By offering a cash/check option for medical payments, we found that we could drastically reduce the amount of time our staff spent on paperwork and billing and increase the amount of time we were able to dedicate to patient care and education. Because we offer so many surgical procedures at our center, every moment that can be saved on wrangling with insurance companies allows us to help more people and offer more thorough treatment.

A cash option can be a huge help to those without insurance. This payment method allows people to save their money to pay for any necessary treatments themselves, as opposed to being refused for lack of insurance or having to endure the trials, waiting, and intensive paperwork of charity care. When paying cash, however, it is important to note that the bill will have to be paid upfront and in full before the procedure can be performed and there is no extra discount included; that said, having payment options can make the difference between people getting the care that they need and having to suffer, so it has to be a good thing.

Having a choice is always nice. By allowing people to pay for procedures in the way that makes the most sense for them, our general surgeons at Summit Medical Center are able to bring the best practices in healthcare to patients and employers who prefer to pay for services themselves. Our cash option reduces the burden of paperwork, minimizes the time spent waiting for insurance company approval, and allows our medical staff to concentrate on providing medical care rather than on billing and red tape. For all of your surgical needs, our general surgeons in Oklahoma City are here to serve you.