Surgical Services & Specialty Care

There are many procedures locally available with Pioneers’ own endoscopic, laparoscopic and arthroscopic expertise and through partnerships with specialty physicians along the Western Slope. Surgical treatment and consultations are available for medical conditions involving the

  • breast
  • endocrine system
  • gastrointestinal tract
  • colon
  • liver and pancreas
  • rectum
  • bones
  • joints
  • facial reconstruction
  • ears, nose and throat

The Surgical Team is lead by Mohammad Asem Bakkar, M.D.

In addition, several board-certified, well-respected physicians visit Pioneers regularly to provide specialty medical care, including:

  • Dr. Gerard Tomasso, M.D., F.A.C.P., a gastroenterologist who performs endoscopic procedures at Pioneers.
  • Dr. Kevin Borchard, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon
  • Dr. Frank Laws, M.D., and Dr. Marcus Howell, M.D., cardiologists
  • Dr. Armando Armas, M.D., an oncologist who delivers localized cancer care and infusion services in Meeker

We are please to have recently partnered with additional esteemed physicians for more comprehensive and convenient local healthcare!

Ortho Logo PMCDr. Kevin Borchard, M.D., is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon providing treatment for general orthopedic, trauma and sports injuries; arthroscopic shoulder, knee and ankle procedures; and specialized treatment for arthritis of the shoulders, knees and hips. Together, Pioneers Medical Center and Craig Memorial Hospital partnered with Dr. Borchard to create Northwest Colorado Orthopaedic and Total Joint Center.

Expert Surgical Care Close to Home

Some of the most common procedures include general surgery on the abdominal organs, thyroid and parathyroid removal, hernia repair, breast biopsy, skin and soft tissue repair, cyst removal, abscess treatment and colonoscopies. The anesthetic options for such procedures include general anesthesia, regional blocks, local anesthetic, monitored anesthesia care (MAC) and conscious sedation. All of the surgeries at Pioneers are performed on an outpatient basis, which means patients may return home that same day once they have fully recovered from the anesthetic.

When choosing to have surgery or medical procedures at Pioneers, you and your loved ones can count on the highest standards of patient care. Pioneers has state-of-the-art endoscopy tools and laparoscopic equipment using for minimally invasive surgery. A C-arm is available for x-ray use during surgery. Pioneers delivers the most appropriate technology and meets national requirements to ensure consistent precautions are maintained to maximize each patient’s safety. These are the same quality standards of care provided at hospitals in larger cities.

Surgical care and same-day recovery at Pioneers allows you to experience the best care without unnecessary travel, extra time lost from work or family, added expenses and other inconveniences. Our doctors, caregivers and staff are focused on providing skilled, collaborative care, so families can rely on Pioneers as a trusted medical home.