Parkview Outpatient Center: Helping Solve Your Digestive Issues Fast
If you suffer from consistent and persistent gastrointestinal problems, such as reflux, pain, cramping, or diarrhea, you don’t have to be embarrassed, and you don’t need to suffer in silence. Tummy troubles can result from stress, anxiety, or eating too much spicy food. But they can also indicate a serious medical problem. However, you won’t know for sure unless you get your digestive troubles checked out to learn what’s causing them.
“Our Outpatient Center offers state-of-the-art technology and equipment to help your physician diagnose gastrointestinal orders quickly. Our goal is to provide elite surgical care at a convenient location, helping you avoid admission to the hospital. This allows you to return to the comfort of your home quickly so you can start feeling better sooner,” explains Dr. James Caldwell, Medical Director of Surgical Services.
What to Expect
Before any procedure, a physician will perform an evaluation to address any questions and provide information about the procedure, anesthesia and recovery. This ensures patients have a clear understanding of their medical condition, and verifies they're physically eligible for the procedure.
After surgery, patients will return to a bed in a recovery room, so they can talk to family or friends until they leave. Anesthesiologists often use shorter-acting drugs at outpatient centers to get patients on their feet sooner, and one-on-one post-op nursing helps manage pain and nausea aggressively. That means you can get up, use the bathroom and get over nausea sooner.
Friends or family members who accompany the patient can wait in the comfortable seating area or bistro during the procedure. Before the procedure begins and after it concludes, if permitted by the patient, friends and family members can come back to the prep and recovery areas to ask questions and provide comfort to the patient.
Outpatient Center Procedures
In addition to performing procedures such as colonoscopies and diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal problems, Parkview’s Outpatient Center handles a wide variety of other outpatient surgical procedures, including those from the following medical specialties:
Paula Dionisio, MD
Dr. Paula Dionisio, a Pueblo native and graduate of Central High School, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 3 years before attending Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Dionisio then completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the esteemed Mayo Clinic.
Lirio S. Polintan, MD
Specialties: Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine
Dr. Lirio S. Polintan has been practicing in Pueblo since 1981. Dr. Polintan is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; American College of Gastroenterology, and American Gastroenterological Association. He is also a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Charles Ruzkowski, MD
Dr. Chuck Ruzkowski attended Chicago Medical School, Loyola University Medical Center, and the University of Arizona. He has held academic appointments at the University of Arizona and the University of Iowa. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has over 15 years of endoscocpic and practice experience.
Barbara Niven, PA-C
Barbara Niven is a certifed Physician Assistant with extensive experience in caring for patients with gastroenterology disorders. She has a special focus on treating patients diagnosed with Hepatitis-C and helping them to understand their treatment options and pathways.