A Complete Care Network Providing Integrated, Convenient, Patient-centered Care

By Michael Ferguson
Monday, October 6, 2014

The new Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center extends clinical excellence and expands the availability of specialty care to meet the growing health care needs of patients in the south metro.

This state-of-the-art, 133,000-square-foot facility is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstates 35W and 35E on the Fairview Ridges Hospital campus – a Level III trauma center. As health care continues shifting from the inpatient environment to outpatient, those receiving care expect these services to be convenient and easily accessible.

Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates’ is consolidating their network of primary and ancillary services in their newest location in the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center, thereby creating a veritable one-stop shop for comprehensive colorectal care.

“Easy access to critical services and multispecialty providers enhances CRSAL physicians’ abilities to diagnose, evaluate and treat the entire spectrum of colon, rectum, pelvic floor and anus conditions,“ says Marc C. Osborne, MD, staff surgeon and Partner at CRSAL.

Surgical Convenience

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When CRSAL patients require a medical procedure, whether it’s a colonoscopy, endoscopy, outpatient or inpatient surgery, they can undergo treatment in the same building or the adjacent Fairview Ridges Hospital connected to the Specialty Care Center by skyway.

“Because the Ridges Surgery Center, LLC is also located in the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center, we can offer easier access to CRSAL’s comprehensive treatment services on an outpatient basis,” Dr. Osborne says. “In addition to the centralization of services, the surgery center offers patients a more affordable option than having procedures performed at a hospital.”

Consolidated treatment facilitates more immediate relief for patients who present with painful conditions, such as perirectal abscesses or advanced hemorrhoid disease too severe to be managed in an office setting. The Ridges Surgery Center expands the number of operating rooms available for CRSAL patients and facilitates same-day surgery to resolve painful symptoms.

“We are pleased to be part of the collaborative effort to open the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center. Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates worked closely with Fairview and Frauenshuh HealthCare Real Estate Solutions to design a clinic for the best possible patient experience. We offer the comprehensive care of a multidisciplinary approach with the convenience of being under one roof!”
— Tina Mraz, Director of Clinical Services at Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates

“Previously, we called the OR at Fairview Ridges Hospital to schedule surgeries,” says Sarah Grahn, MD, colon and rectal surgeon at CRSAL. “If surgeries were already scheduled there or an operation ran long, we’d wait until late in the day or schedule the surgery for the next day. But some conditions cause a great deal of pain, and delaying surgery can be excruciating for patients. The ambulatory surgery center enables us to treat these conditions and provide relief more quickly.”

Enhanced Cancer Care

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The on-site, full-service Fairview Ridges Imaging Center and ambulatory surgery center allow CRSAL physicians more opportunities to identify and treat colorectal cancers in the early stages, when therapeutic strategies are more effective.

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) is an innovative surgical technique offered by CRSAL surgeons to remove large rectal polyps and treat early-stage rectal cancer. When the disease is found and treated while still localized, more than 90 percent of patients survive longer than five years, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

“TEMS can be used to remove polyps and allows patients to return home the same day as the procedure or spend only one night in the hospital,” Dr. Grahn says. “This technique utilizes a microscope that enhances visualization of the lesion, which gives us a better margin for complete resection in one operation.”

“TEMS offers a more complete excision of the lesion,” Dr. Osborne says. “Instead of removing it in pieces, we remove the whole lesion, which facilitates better analysis by pathologists. TEMS also allows us a minimally invasive technique for removing larger lesions — ones that can be very challenging and result in greater postoperative pain and recovery periods when removed through open abdominal surgical approaches.”

The minimally invasive method is made possible because of the small instrumentation introduced through the proctoscope.

“Traditional methods for polyp resection don’t employ microscope technology and require more colonic resection,” Dr. Grahn says. “The microscope allows us to zero in and remove only the area around the lesion, which minimizes the risks for complications such as infection, limits postoperative pain and patient discomfort, and reduces length of stay.”

Completing the Care Continuum

CRSAL surgeons employ minimally invasive methods for the majority of colorectal operations, and they often utilize these to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diseases and colorectal cancers. But while they have access to leading-edge technology and use the latest surgical techniques, CRSAL surgeons complement surgical treatment with a wide array of nonsurgical options with which they carefully craft the most effective and least-invasive treatment plans.

“Some patients — those with diverticular disease, for example — don’t always require surgery,” Dr. Grahn says. “It’s of the utmost importance to make a thoughtful diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan around it. One of the most critical aspects of that plan is spending time to explain the risks and benefits of surgery with our patients to empower them with information they need to decide the course of treatment.”

CRSAL physicians cultivate strong relationships with their patients, and they rely heavily upon forging partnerships with referring physicians.

“As a group composed of colorectal specialists, CRSAL is referring physicians’ resource for evaluations, second opinions and treatment when patients present with challenging symptoms or conditions,” Dr. Grahn says.

This new location supports CRSAL’s efforts to provide specialized comprehensive care in a collaborative environment that is convenient for patients.

“We’re excited about moving to the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center. The new facility is convenient for patients and helps us facilitate easier access to multispecialty care on the campus. Our move to the Specialty Care Center demonstrates our commitment to providing a broad range of services to the local community,” Dr. Osborne says.