Surgery Department

When you need surgery, you may be overwhelmed with questions about complicated medical issues…all while dealing with a natural level of anxiety. Rely on our surgeons to make the process as comfortable as possible. Expect their dedicated time and attention—focused on you—to address your concerns and support you throughout the process.

The Surgery Department at McDowell Hospital provides local, quality surgical care as well as diagnostic and preventative procedures.  We’re equipped with advanced technology and an experienced team of board-certified surgeons, anesthesiologists and specialized surgical nurses. We’re well-trained surgical specialists; but we’re also your neighbors. We’re here to answer questions and help you feel confident in our expert hands.

If you need a referral or would like to consult one of our surgeons, please contact us using our online form, or call (828) 652-1400.

Our Services

As a community-based hospital, we’re acutely aware of the importance of providing comprehensive surgical services. Our commitment is evident when you enter McDowell Hospital’s expanded and renovated Surgery Department. Our facility includes:

  • Two full-service surgical suites
  • Minor procedure room
  • Endoscopy suite
  • Easy access for same-day patients
  • Consultation rooms
  • Family waiting room near the surgical area

An advanced facility is important, and so is experience. Our surgical team’s experience spans many different surgical procedures while caring for the unique needs of a variety of patients.

  • We perform an average of 2,000+ surgeries yearly               

Our Procedures

Our surgeons work together with your regular physicians to ensure your health care needs are met with continuous care and communication from everyone involved in your treatment. While most of our work is done in the operating room, we personally attend to your pre- and post-surgery care.

General Surgery Procedures
Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Surgical procedures under general anesthesia:

  • Colonoscopy, removal and biopsy of polyps
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Breast surgery including biopsy, mastectomy and lumpectomy
  • Excision of lesions
  • Benign and cancerous conditions of  liver, gallbladder and intestine
  • Irrigation and drainage of abscesses
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Skin graft
  • Intravenous device placement
  • Skin cancer biopsy and treatment

Laparoscopic Procedures

Our surgeons are skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. This type of surgery requires a small opening in the skin, just enough to insert the laparoscope, a device that enables physicians to see inside your body and achieve precise surgical results. Laparoscopic surgeries result in less pain, faster recovery, a small scar and you’re usually in-and-out of the hospital in the same day.

Frequently performed laparoscopic procedures include:

  • Hernia repairs
  • Appendectomies
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Anti-reflux (GERD) surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Colon resection

Orthopedic Procedures

General and laparoscopic surgery performed by board certified orthopedic surgeons includes:

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • Hip and knee joint replacement
  • Repair of fractures
  • Hand, foot and ankle surgery

Obstetric and Gynecological Procedures

Our Mother and Baby Department specializes in labor and delivery, but the Surgery Department is fully equipped for OB/GYN surgery:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Tubal ligation
  • D&C (Dilation and Curettage)
  • Endometriosis surgery

Collaborative Cancer Care

Cancer treatment requires care from different specialists, including surgeons. Our cancer care team works with you to fight the battle and regain health. McDowell Surgical Services collaborates with the Cancer Centers of Asheville, 21st Century Radiation Services and the McDowell County Health Department. For more information about McDowell Hospital’s cancer care, please visit our Cancer Care Services web page, or call (828) 659-5364.

Preventive Care

Everyone at McDowell Hospital is committed to the goal of wellness through preventive care. You may not think of surgical services as being instrumental in preventing medical problems, but our surgeons work together with other specialists to provide upper and lower gastrointestinal care.

Colonoscopy: Using a flexible fiber optic tube with a small camera, physicians view inside the colon and rectum. This procedure is especially important for diagnosing colon cancer, and it allows us to diagnose and treat inflammation, ulcers and benign growths.

Important Information about Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the fourth most common cancer found in men and women. Since the risk of colorectal cancer increases with age, everyone over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy. Early screening is so important because, like all cancers, the chances of curing colorectal cancer improve the earlier it’s found. A colonoscopy is the best way to catch it early because you may not have any symptoms in the initial stages. If you see blood in your stool, have a change in bowel habits or experience stomach discomfort, please talk to your physician, or call us at (828) 652-1400.

Endoscopy: This procedure uses a similar tube to look at the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestine) to diagnose conditions such as ulcers, muscle spasms and acid reflux.

Pain Management Program

McDowell Hospital provides a Pain Management Clinic to treat and manage acute and chronic pain. Under the experienced medical care of anesthesiologists and a staff of registered nurses, we’ll help relieve your pain using proven therapeutic procedures. Please visit our Pain Management web page for more information, or call us at (828) 659-5386.

Our Team

Comprehensive and skilled services in McDowell Hospital’s Surgery Department are provided by a team of board-certified physicians and a dedicated operating room staff:

Registered surgical nurses – all ACLS certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
General surgeons – certified by the American Board of Surgery
Orthopedic surgeons – certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
OB/GYN physicians – board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anesthesiologist – board certified in Anesthesiology

Preparing for Surgery

Your physician will answer all your questions and provide information about how to prepare for surgery. You’ll also find information about issues such as Medical Advance Directives and how to prepare for your hospital stay on our Preparing for Your Visit web page. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Learn as much as you can about your surgery. Your physician welcomes questions you might have about why you need surgery, how the procedure is performed and anesthesia.
  2. Don’t hesitate to ask about obtaining a second opinion. We want you to be confident that we are providing the best care possible.
  3. Everyone feels anxious about surgery…this is to be expected. But if you experience excessive fears, be sure to talk to your doctor because there are relaxation techniques and other treatments available to help.

Appointments and Information

Please contact us at any time using our online form, or you may obtain a referral or consultation by calling McDowell Surgical Services at (828) 652-1400.

Insurance and Billing

We participate with most insurance plans and will submit a claim, but please be sure to check with your insurance provider before surgery to ensure you’ve met their qualification procedures.

When you have surgery you may receive separate bills from the surgeons, anesthesiologist and the hospital. If you have any questions, you’ll need to call the group that sent the invoice.

McDowell Hospital: 828-659-5000
McDowell Surgical Services: 828-659-5700
Anesthesiology: 828-659-5386


McDowell Surgical Services
472 Rankin Drive
2nd Floor
Marion, NC 28752
(828) 659-5700

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm