The Ruby Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Raiser will be seeing surgical patients at the Visiting Specialists Clinic. Dr. Raiser has been providing surgical healthcare in Butte since 2004 and is the Medical Director for the level 3 trauma unit at St. James Healthcare. He is also the Interim Trauma Director at Deer Lodge Medical Center. Dr. Raiser’s primary practice is at Silver Bow Surgical Associates.
Dr. Raiser’s surgical skills are primarily applied to health issues related to the esophagus, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, spleen, breast, stomach, small intestine, colon, and hernia. Whenever feasible, he prefers to use laparoscopy and thoracoscopy as part of the surgical procedure. Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery employs specialized instruments and a camera to allow the surgeon to see into the abdomen or chest area and perform the surgery without making large incisions.
Dr. Raiser also offers robotically assisted surgery via the DaVinci Surgical System. “Robotically assisted surgery sounds more glamorous and sci-fi than it is,” said Dr. Raiser. “The surgeon controls the machine and the machine controls the instruments. It provides advantages for fine, delicate work, as you have better control over the instruments.” Raiser notes that for some laparoscopic procedures requiring 3-5 incisions, a robotically assisted surgery might only require one incision. Gall bladder surgery is an example of the benefits of combining laparoscopy and robotic assistance. Rather than requ