Columbia Surgery Center is a fully licensed, Medicare approved facility created for patients under the care of our specialists. The center was developed as an alternative to a traditional hospital setting, providing a safe, convenient and specialized medical experience. Our staff is completely focused on the needs of our patients.

With over 75 combined years of experience, our surgical team is dedicated to serving Spokane and the Inland Northwest with innovative, high quality, comprehensive care. The surgical team consists of head and neck surgeons, general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurses and certified surgical technologists.

Columbia Surgery Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Columbia Surgery Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

Trauma & ICU

Although it’s a place you never want to have to visit, a trauma intensive care unit (ICU) is exactly where you want to be when you need help. “Trauma” comes from a Greek word meaning “wound,” and describes a physical injury caused by an external source. In the ICU, trauma patients have access to X-rays, MRIs, specialized physicians and our surgical services.


There are a variety of reasons a patient might go in for stomach surgery. Some of these reasons include overproduction of stomach acid, stomach cancer, inability to empty the stomach, inability to control stomach dumping, dysphasia (inability to swallow) and gastric bypass for obesity. Surgery of the stomach is usually reserved for patients who don’t respond to other forms of treatment.


The liver is responsible for many things, including purifying blood, producing bile for digestion and storing glycogen. Liver diseases that can require surgery include bacterial infection, viral infection, liver cysts, benign liver masses, primary malignant liver masses, metastatic malignant liver masses (or masses that have spread from another location) and hypertension. A doctor may recommend medication or lifestyle changes before suggesting surgery.


The gallbladder stores and produces bile to help the body digest fats. Some of the most common conditions affecting the gallbladder include blockages caused by bile and gallstones, which are hard deposits that cause pain, jaundice and inflammation. When these conditions are chronic or cause severe pain, surgery may be necessary.


The spleen is part of your lymphatic and immune system; it helps protect you from disease and detoxifies the blood. The spleen can be susceptible to infection, blood disorders and rupture. Typically, ruptures are the result of trauma and can be deadly if not taken care of immediately.


The pancreas releases digestive enzymes into the small intestine to help you digest food as well as releases insulin and glucagon into the blood stream. The pancreas can become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis, and can also develop cancer. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin (type two) or when the immune system attacks beta cells in the pancreas (type one).

Acute Appendicitis

Although many are unsure of the exact use of the appendix, research shows that it may store good bacteria in the gut as well as act as part of the lymphatic system. Appendicitis is inflammation caused by blockage of calcified feces. If not treated right away, pressure can cause the appendix to burst, which could lead to death. Antibiotics are sometimes used, but usually surgical removal is the standard treatment for acute appendicitis.


Though incontinence may be an embarrassing problem, nearly 30 percent of men and women in the U.S. experience it at some point in their lives. There are surgical solutions where the urethra and bladder neck are closed to prevent leakage. Surgery is best for stress incontinence, wherein there is leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise.

Adrenal Gland

The adrenal gland is responsible for producing hormones that control blood sugar, burning protein and fat as well as regulating blood pressure. The adrenal gland(s) may need to be surgically removed if there are tumors that cause overproduction of hormones, are malignant or cause pain.

Skin Cancer & Growths

Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. For patients suffering from basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer or melanoma, chances are a doctor will recommend a surgical procedure to remove the tumors and, often, cancerous lymph nodes as well. There are a variety of skin cancer surgery procedures to consider based on the…

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Microvascular Reconstruction

This procedure is used for constructive purposes, such as when skin tissues are removed along with a cancerous mass. Microvascular reconstruction consists of taking a skin, fat, bone or muscle sample, usually from the arm, leg or abdomen, and using it to rebuild or optimize function of features of the head or neck. This new piece needs its own blood supply, so the blood vessels in the surrounding areas are reconnected to the new piece with the aid of a microscope.