Highlands Surgery Center                        

Your son’s sinuses need correction. Your mother needs her gallbladder removed. You need a hysterectomy. Highlands Surgery Center has the physicians and the technology you need, close to home.

No matter the reason you or your loved ones need surgical intervention, the experienced team of experts at Highlands can help.

“A lot of people don’t realize the surgical options our medical center offers,” says Monica Hancock, director of Highlands Surgery Center. “We have an array of surgical procedures to help people get back to life after an illness or injury. People often tell us how comfortable their experience was, no matter what procedure they undergo.” Here is a closer look at the range of surgical offerings and the people who provide them at Highlands.

From General Surgery.....

When suffering from gallbladder pain or hernia discomfort, surgery may be your best option. The experienced general surgery team at Highlands Surgery Center offers a range of surgical procedures helping you get back to a productive life.

....to Otolaryngology

Offering surgical solutions for issues concerning the ear, nose, and throat, otolaryngologists on staff at Highlands give much-needed services.

Make an appointment for ear, nose, and throat surgery at Highlands Medical Center

Some of the conditions otolaryngologists treat include:                                                                                        
  • thyroid disorders
  • voice disorders
  • chronic sinus problems
  • nasal obstruction
“Untreated issues affecting the ear, nose, or throat (ENT) can have a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life,” explains Dr. Daniel L. Ortiz, board-certified otolaryngologist, facial/plastic surgeon, and allergy specialist on staff at Highlands. “Lost time at work and pain are two of the dangers of untreated ENT problems. Thanks to new surgical techniques, these conditions can be treated with minimal pain and downtime.”

To ensure a quick recovery, many of the conditions are treated using a minimally invasive approach. Surgeons insert an endoscope (thin tube with a camera on the end) into the mouth or nose to the problematic site to create a passageway, which can correct some ear, nose, or throat abnormalities.

…to Gynecology

Imagine being unable to go anywhere without the fear of leaking urine or suffering severe abdominal pain. For women with incontinence, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis, this fear is a daily reality.

Fortunately, these and many other gynecologic conditions faced by women can be corrected at Highlands. Using both open and minimally invasive techniques, gynecologists make it possible for women to move on and enjoy life.

“The team of surgeons at Highlands is well trained and gives women access to the latest and greatest surgical advances,” says Paul Megehee, MD, board-certified OB/GYN on staff at Highlands. “Gynecologic conditions can be debilitating, and it’s a privilege to help women overcome them.”

…And More…

Some of the other surgical specialties provided at Highlands include:
  • breast biopsy
  • cataract surgery
  • facial/plastic surgery
  • orthopedic surgery
  • hernia repair
  • gallbladder removal
  • urologic surgery
  • adenoid surgery
  • ophthalmology surgery

…At a Location Near You

When you need surgery, you want to be surrounded by family and friends. That’s when you need Highlands, your source for surgical care.

To learn more about surgical options offered at Highlands, call the
Highlands Surgery Center at 218.3743. For a physician referral, please
call 218.3600.


Surgical Procedures Performed:


Lithotripsy - Treatment of Kidney Stones
Highlands Medical Center has the areas ONLY full-time lithotripter. A modular lithotripter uses shock wave technology to effectively break up kidney stones without the need for invasive surgery.

Renal Cryotherapy
A minimally invasive procedure in which cancerous masses and tissues are ablated using special frozen-tipped needles, or cryoprobes.


Thyroid Surgery
Thyroid surgery is frequently used to treat thyroid cancer and is sometimes the preferred approach to dealing with goiter, nodules or an overactive thyroid.

Image Guided Sinus Surgery
Image-guided systems are essentially like GPS (global positioning satellite) systems for the anatomy of your head. These systems are used to aid the surgeon in confirming the location of critical structures when the interior of the nose and sinuses is distorted by unusual anatomy or prior surgery.


Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic hernia repair is a relatively new surgical technique to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, a patch (mesh), and special cameras to view inside the body. It frequently offers a more rapid recovery for the patient, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to work and normal activities. Laparoscopic hernia repair isn’t an option for everyone, your Physician will decide if you are a candidate for laparoscopic hernia repair.

Breast Biopsy
A breast biopsy helps to provide a diagnosis and identify any abnormalities in the cells that make up breast lumps or other unusual breast changes. And, a breast biopsy can help determine whether or not you need additional surgery or other treatment.


Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
Laparoscopic tubal ligation is successful in preventing pregnancy in more than 99 out of 100 women. Through the use of a specialized tool called a laparoscope, the doctor is able to view the inside of a woman's abdomen and block the fallopian tubes, thus preventing pregnancy. While no surgery is completely free of risks, major complications occur in less than 1 out of 100 procedures.

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a gynecologist to look inside your uterus. The hysteroscope is a long tube, about the size of a straw, which has a built-in viewing device. Hysteroscopy is useful for diagnosing and treating some problems that cause infertility, miscarriages, and abnormal menstrual bleeding.


Total Hip Replacement
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials.

Knee Arthroscopy

During an average knee arthroscopy, a small fiberoptic camera (the arthroscope) is inserted into the joint through a small incision, about 4 mm (1/8 inch) long. A special fluid is used to visualize the joint parts. More incisions might be performed in order to check other parts of the knee. Then other miniature instruments are used and the surgery is performed.


Cataract Extraction Surgery
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Cataract surgery separates the cataract from the lens capsule.

Surgeons on Staff:

  • Paul Avenel, MD
  • Masoud Hamidian, MD
  • Lawrence Herberholz, MD  
  • Darby Marshall, MD
  • Daniel Ortiz, DO
  • Paul Megehee, MD
  • Jerry Pierce, MD
  • Michael Simmons, MD
  • Ivonne Vargas, MD
  • Patricia McCoy, MD

Highlands Surgery Center
Phone: 256.218.3743