Surgery and Surgical Care in Cortez, CO
General surgeons, Dr. Kevin Matteson and Dr. Charles Bellows III, perform surgery at Southwest Health System and offer unique insights into the diagnosis, treatment, and care of a variety of diseases and ailments. Our staff is locally based. We hold the health and well-being of residents and visitors as a top priority. Surgery is performed at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
We collaborate with an extensive offering of insurance providers. Our financial assistance team is also available to help you understand your bill and determine the best payment plan that allows you to receive the care you require without great sacrifice. Financial assistance may also be available to many in need of health care who find themselves without the means necessary for treatment.
Our skilled general surgeons are adept at performing surgeries for patients with ailments or injuries of the skin, breast, and other soft tissues, as well as the esophagus and thyroid gland. They also perform surgery on abdominal cavity including the stomach, bowels, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts. Therefore, our specialists work closely with the trauma staff in the emergency department as well as a variety of specialists in related fields.
We offer a new, effective treatment for those who suffer from Barrett’s Esophagus called Barrx™ Radio Frequency Ablation, and Southwest Health System is the only facility within 7 hours of Cortez, Colorado who can perform the procedure. Heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux can all be precursors to more serious problems. Learn more now!
Charles Bellows, MD
Southwest Medical Group, General Surgery
111 N. Park Street, Suite 2
Dr. Bellows practices general surgery and is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgeons. Dr. Bellows recently joined us from New Mexico where he served as a Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico and Chief of Surgery at Sandoval Regional Medical Center. He practices with Dr. Kevin Matteson at the Southwest Medical Group General Surgery office at 111 North Park street and performs procedures both in-office and at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Bellows graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and attended graduate school at Harvard University. He completed his residency and research fellowship at Tulane University.
Dr. Bellows has specialized training in laparoscopic colon resection and in DaVinci Robot Surgical Systems. He also has advanced training in complex bariatric surgery.
Dr. Bellows comes to us with many awards including three Veterans Affairs Awards, America’s Top Doctor in 2012, and many various research awards. He is a member of fourteen professional societies, and has most recently served on the Board of Governors for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Dr. Bellows has also presented at thirteen regional and national lectures. He an editor-in-chief of three journals and has over 70 publications. Dr. Bellows is a current member of Southern Surgical.
Dr. Bellows enjoys the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with his family in the beautiful Southwest Colorado weather.