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New Surgery Wing Could Bring Tourists

5-9 jbo surgeryMEDFORD, Ore. – A local surgery clinic is planning a major expansion that they say could help make Medford a medical tourism destination.

Surgery Center of Southern Oregon plans to start construction mid-July on a wing that would double their gastroenterology clinic. The expansion is expected to halve the waiting time for procedures like colonoscopies from two months to one.

They say they also plan to market it across the country, selling Medford for its high retiree population and innovations in gastroenterology surgeries.

“One of the things they have pioneered here is propofol sedation, which is kind of a light sedation you can use so you don’t need an anesthesiologist to do the anesthesia,” said Surgery Center of Southern Oregon Executive Director Michael Westmiller.

Westmiller says they can offer gastroenterology surgeries at half the price of many other places around the country. The clinic’s 13,477 square foot expansion is slated to open next March.