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  • HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

    This notice was published and becomes effective on April 14th 2003

    Women to Women, Dr. Valerie A. Knudsen, M.D. 2831 Fort Missoula Road, Suite 306 Missoula, MT 59804 406-327-4395

    THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

    Uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information: Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in you care and treatment for the purpose of providing healthcare services to you, to pay your healthcare bills, to support the operation of the physician's practice and any other use requires by law.

    Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your healthcare and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party.

    Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your healthcare services.

    Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to support the business issues as required by law, Communicable Diseases, Health Oversight, Abuse or Neglect, Food and Drug Administration requirements, Legal Proceedings, Law Enforcement, Coroners, Funeral Directors, Organ Donation, Research, Criminal Activity, Military Activity, National Security, Worker's Compensation, and Inmates.

    Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of Section 164.500. Other permitted and required uses and disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization or opportunity to object unless required by law. You may revoke this authorization at any time, in writing except to the extent that you physician or the physician's practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.

    • You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: psychotherapy notes, information compiled in reasonable anticipation of or use in a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information.

    • You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. Your physician is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If your physician believes it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another healthcare professional.

    • You have the right to request or receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the notice from us.

    • You may have the right to have your physician amend your protected health information.

    • You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health information.

    Complaints: You may complain to us or the secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us.

    We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

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Gynecologic Surgery

Master Robotic Surgeon

Dr. Valerie Knudsen is an expert in minimally invasive approaches to a wide range of gynecologic problems, including abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, infertility, fibroids, and urinary incontinence. Minimally invasive surgeries use small incisions producing less trauma and quicker recoveries.

Master Robotic SurgeonWith Dr. Knudsen, you’ll get accurate information about your health and learn about all the available treatments. From medication to one of the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Knudsen will make sure you get the solution that’s right for you.

When it comes to gynecologic surgery, Dr. Knudsen is a pioneer in our area. In fact, Dr. Knudsen is not only a women’s health specialist, she is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons, as well. She specializes in leading-edge procedures that can make recovery remarkably quick and comfortable compared to older surgical methods.

  • Dr. Knudsen is one of the few physicians in our area skilled with vaginal-approach hysterectomy (which requires no outside incisions).
  • Women with bladder control problems and complex pelvic problems get sensitive care and advanced treatment. Dr. Knudsen can often resolve bladder control problems in an outpatient setting – state-of-the-art care that can greatly improve your quality of life.
  • Dr. Knudsen also provides experienced, highly qualified surgical care for gynecologic cancers.

If you’ve been told you need surgery or if you’re suffering with any type of women’s health issue, see Dr. Knudsen. She’s easy to talk to and she is here to help.

Surgical procedures available by Dr. Knudsen include:da vinci surgery logo

  • Robotic Surgery is performed by Dr. Knudsen at the Hospital

  • Laparoscopic Superacervical Hysterectomy, preserves cervic:

    • Preservation of the cervix is an option allowing for less trauma to the pelvic floor and few postoperative restrictions
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy- includes removal of cervix:

    • In some instances, removal of the cervix is recommended
  • Treatment of Endometriosis:

    • We believe that the best surgical treatment of endometriosis is excision, completely removing the diseased tissue from the pelvis
  • Prolapse Surgery-Correction of cystocele, rectocele, enterocele, including vaginal mesh, uterosacral ligament suspension:

    • Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where the bladder, vagina, or rectum bulge downward and can cause significant problems in the daily activities of patients. While first line therapy includes physical therapy and pelvic floor exercises, surgical correction may be recommended. Many surgical approaches exist, and we base our approach on the individual needs of our patients.
  • Incontinence Surgery- suburethral slings, cystoscopy:

    • Urinary Incontinence requires a thorough evaluation, Surgical Correction is available for patients who leak with exercise, coughing, or bearing downward (valsalva).
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Floor reconstruction:

    • Common after forceps delivery or episiotomy, many women have trauma to the vagina and pelvic floor which might be improved with surgery
  • Hysteroscopy:

    • Using an endoscopic instrument to view the inner cavity of the uterus
  • Infertility surgery:

    • Including fallopian tube repair, removal of fibroids, and diagnostic evaluation
  • Ovarian cyst removal

  • Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery, including labial revisions and vaginal tightening:

    • One of the fastest growing areas of cosmetic surgery, our gynecologist and plastic surgeon work together to restore symmetry or achieve the appearance our patients desire- once thought to only be appropriate for patients with trauma from childbirth
    • *Please note that prior authorization with your insurance required
  • Removal of Fibroids

  • Leep and Cone procedures for abnormal paps

  • Endometrial Ablation:

    • Minimally invasive technique to reduce menstrual flow by removing the uterine lining, or endometrium

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