Welcome to Bitterroot General and Vascular Surgery
Frederick M. Ilgenfritz, MD is a board certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College
of Surgeons. He is well trained in the diagnosis and management of a wide
variety of congenital, infectious, malignant and benign diseases. He also
has extensive knowledge of postoperative and critical care of patients.
As a general surgeon his focus is on the abdominal organs, breast, neck
peripheral arteries and veins, and skin and soft tissue.
Philosophy of Care
Surgical care involves the use of carefully planned surgical procedures
to restore a person to the fullest health and function possible. Dr. Ilgenfritz
believes that the autonomy and dignity of a patient are to be respected.
Each person has a right to a full explanation of the nature of their illness
and to participate in formulating a plan to treat it. The wishes of a
patient and their family are to be respected, including their right to
refuse care. Every patient has a right to expect competence, compassion,
skill and confidentiality.
- Laparoscopy or Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Invasive or Open Surgery
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Hernia Repair
- Breast -Non-cosmetic breast surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Wound Management
As one of two on call general surgeons for the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
Emergency Department, Dr. Ilgenfritz performs many emergency surgery procedures
on critically ill or injured patients utilizing both invasive and minimally
invasive surgical techniques.
Dr. Ilgenfritz is a member of the medical staff at MDMH. Your surgery
will take place in a surgical suite inside the state-of-the-art Marcus
Daly Surgical Center. The MDMH surgical team consists of highly competent
professionals specializing in the surgical specialties offered. The Marcus
Daly surgical team puts a high priority on your safety employing the use
of best practices to help ensure positive outcomes. Marcus Daly Memorial
Hospital is proud to state that the surgical site infection rate is extremely
low with a rating of 0.88% compared to the national average of 2.1 to 7.1%.
Preparing to have Surgery?
Elective surgery gives the patients and family members time to prepare.
Whether we are going in for surgery ourselves or taking our children to
the operating room, preparation is essential. Preparing for surgery can
involve physical, mental and even spiritual work, and can bring positive
outcomes on all these levels.
Preparing for surgery includes four major areas:
Elective surgery - Confirm your surgeon, get questions answered and select surgery date
Preparing your body - if time permits increase stretching exercises and modify your diet by
reducing processed foods and eating more protein and fiber.
Medications and Supplements - consult Dr. Ilgenfritz on the pre and post surgery medications and supplements
recommended to increase wound healing and decrease pain.
Mental Preparation - learn how to relax, think positive, know what to expect post surgery
and ask for help.
Meeting your expectations:
Dr. Fredrick Ilgenfritz, his office staff and the Marcus Daly Surgery Team
work together to alleviate your concerns, make you comfortable and ensure
you the best possible outcomes. This is the beginning of our team procedure,
where your medical history is reviewed, instructions about your procedure
are given, the documents are signed and your IV is started. Your certified
registered anesthetists will also meet with you and your family here to
answer any questions about your anesthesia. Your surgery will be performed
at the Marcus Daly Surgical Center, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton.
Please call Bitterroot General and Vascular Surgery at (406) 363-4574 should
you become sick with a fever, cold, sore throat, flu or any other illness
prior to surgery.
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Scheduling an appointment at Bitterroot General & Vascular Surgery
is easy. Anyone can request an appointment. If a primary care physician
referral is required, our appointment staff will advise you based on the
information you provided on the request appointment form. Some insurers
require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical
care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.