Our Services

Abdominal perineal resection

Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of rectal cancer. If the cancer has spread into the wall of the rectum, the section of the...

ACL repair

Surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries involves reconstructing or repairing the ACL. ACL reconstruction surgery uses a graft to...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi or qi, flowing...

Acute rehabilitation services

Recovery from serious illness or injury often requires intense physical, occupational and speech therapy. Once a patient is discharged from the...

Adolescent sleep studies

Sleep studies are tests that watch what happens to your body during sleep. The studies are done to find out what is causing your sleep problems....

Adrenal gland surgery

Surgery to remove the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy) is often used to treat adrenocortical carcinoma. Sometimes the nearby lymph nodes are also...

Allergen immunization

In many cases when you get a vaccine, you get a tiny amount of a weakened or dead form of the organism that causes the disease. Though not enough...

Anal fissure fistulectomy

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum (anus) that causes pain during bowel movements. It is a common condition. Anal fissures...

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a way to control pain during a surgery or procedure by using medicine called anesthetics. It can help control your breathing, blood pressure, blood flow, and heart rate and rhythm.

Ankle replacement

The ankle is a weight-bearing joint that absorbs the body's full impact. An injured or diseased ankle can be especially painful. Ankle replacement...

Anoscopy

Anoscopy, proctoscopy and sigmoidoscopy tests allow your doctor to look at the inner lining of your anus, rectum and the lower part of the large...

Anti-reflux surgery

Surgery Overview Fundoplication surgery is the most common surgery used to treat GERD and is usually performed by a general surgeon. This surgery...

Appendectomy

Surgery overview An appendectomy, the surgical removal of the appendix, is standard procedure to treat a swollen and inflamed appendix...

Argon laser trabeculoplasty

Laser surgery uses a very focused beam of light to cut, break down, or destroy tissue. Doctors use laser surgery when medications fail to control...

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows your doctor to look at the inside of a joint in your body through a thin viewing instrument called...

Assistive devices and orthotics

Our clinical experts can help you find appropriate orthotics, balance support, communication aid or other assistive equipment to help you be as...

Audiology

Millions of men, women and children experience hearing problems. These problems can seriously interfere with daily communication and cause...

Audiometry

A hearing (audiometric) test is part of an ear examination that evaluates a person's ability to hear by measuring the ability of sound to reach the...

Balance and vestibular conditions therapy

Besides hearing, the ear provides a sense of balance. If the inner ear, or vestibule, is affected by any of a variety of disorders, a person may...

Bereavement Services memorial events

The community is invited to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones at our spring memorials held every year in May and at our Light Up A...

Bile duct surgery

The following types of surgery are used to treat extrahepatic bile duct cancer: Removal of the bile duct: If the tumor is small and only in...

Biventricular pacemaker

Biventricular pacing is a promising new procedure that improves the pumping function of the heart by aligning (or "synchronizing") the function of...

Blood glucose, monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring refers to the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose). Monitoring can be done at any time using a portable device...

Bone biopsy

A bone biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of bone is taken from the body and looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection or other...

Bone densitometry

Bone densitometry uses special X-ray equipment to quickly and accurately measure the density of bones. This measurement helps doctors identify...

Bone grafting

Grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with an artificial, synthetic or natural material from the patient's own body.

Bone growth stimulator

Bone growth stimulators give electrical pulses that help the bones heal after spinal fusion surgery.

Bone marrow biopsy

A bone marrow biopsy is the removal of bone marrow tissue and is often done with a bone marrow aspiration. A biopsy allows close examination of the...

Braces

Braces, casts and splints are orthopedic devices used to immobilize or restrict movement of a body part in order to heal an injury or correct a...

Branchial cleft cyst excision

Most swollen glands or lumps under the skin are not cause for concern. The glands (lymph nodes) on either side of the neck, under the jaw, or...

Breast biopsy

A breast biopsy removes a sample of breast tissue that is looked at under a microscope to check for breast cancer. A breast biopsy is usually done...

Breast Cancer Outreach Program

The Breast Cancer Outreach Program at Providence Cancer Center provides women and their families with support services free of charge,...

Breast Conserving Surgery

Surgery overview Breast-conserving surgery removes the cancer or abnormal tissue, but leaves the rest of the breast intact. The goal is to take...

Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to make pictures of the breast. MRI may show problems in the...

Breast reconstruction surgery

Breast reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the size and shape of a breast after your breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer. It is...

Breast self-awareness education

A breast self-examination involves checking your breasts to help detect breast problems or changes. Many breast problems are first discovered by...

Breast surgery

Surgery on the breast may be done for a number of reasons including: As local treatment for breast cancer: Breast surgery is considered the...

Breast ultrasound

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast,...

Breastfeeding consultations

Consultations are private and last from 30 to 90 minutes and are covered by most insurance plans.

Breast-pump rentals

All products carried in our stores have been selected for their high quality. The full range of products available makes this the only place you'll...

Bronchoprovocation challenge testing

Inhalation challenge tests are done to measure the response of your airways to substances that may be causing asthma or wheezing. These tests are...

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a procedure doctors use to look at the airways leading to the lungs. During bronchoscopy, a thin, lighted instrument (bronchoscope)...

Bunionectomy

Bunion surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone to...

Cancer Center lending libraries

Knowledge about cancer helps patients and their loved ones as they navigate diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For patients and families,...

Cancer financial counseling

In keeping with our mission and core values, Providence Health & Services cares for people and their health needs, even if they can’t afford to...

Cancer genetic counseling

Working as part of a team of doctors and other health professionals, genetic counselors provide education and support to families with members who...

Cancer information and referral

Providence Cancer Support Services provides emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their families when they need it most.

Cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling

Cancer risk assessment examines personal and family history information that influences cancer risk.

Cancer support groups

Cancer support groups provide education and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Support groups are led by our professional staff...

Cancer treatment plan and summary

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists recommends cancer patients receive a treatment plan and summary. The treatment plan includes a...

Capsule endoscopy

The term endoscopy refers to a special technique for looking inside the digestive tract. Capsule endoscopy uses a video capsule that contains a...

Cardiac device follow-up and monitoring

Doctors check, or monitor, cardiac devices on a regular basis to make sure that they are working right and aren't causing any problems. Doctors...

Cardiac MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is done for many reasons. It is used to find problems such as tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel diseases, or...

Cardiology

Cardiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels, such as...

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is a non-invasive and objective method to evaluate heart and lung function. Heart and lung capacity and function...

Career exploration days

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Career exploration days are designed for community organizations with their students’ interest in mind. Adult chaperones...

Career fairs

Career fairs provide a broad view of a various health care careers and are designed for high school students who have a general interest in health...

Career highlights

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Career Highlights are offered throughout the school year. Each is a small (30 to 40 students), three-hour class focusing...

Carotid artery ultrasound

This test uses ultrasound to evaluate the arteries on each side of your neck that lead to your head. During this test you will lie flat on your...

Cataract surgery

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Aging and exposure to...

Center for the Advanced Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation at Providence St. Vincent

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for the Advanced Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation is a comprehensive center caring for...

Cerebral angiogram

During this X-ray test, a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel in the groin or arm and moved up through the vessel into the brain. A dye is...

Cerumen removal

Recommended earwax removal options include wax-dissolving agents, irrigation or ear syringing, and manual removal with special instrument or...

Cervical cancer surgery and treatment

The choice of treatment and the long-term outcome (prognosis) of women with cervical cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. Your age, overall...

Cesarean section

A cesarean section is the delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) in the mother’s belly and uterus. It is often called a C-section. In most...

Chalazion excision

Chalazion is a round, slowly emerging, localized swelling, in the form of a cyst located on the lower or upper eyelid. (Chalazion is the Greek word...

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medicine to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the medicines enter the...

Child life specialists

Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) are professionals who are specially trained to help children of all ages and their families understand and...

Cholecystectomy

The main treatment for acute cholecystitis is surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Often this surgery can be done through small...

Chordee procedure

Hypospadias is sometimes treated with surgery to correct the placement of the urethral opening, usually during the first year of life. There are...

Circumcision

Male circumcision is a surgery to remove the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers and protects the rounded tip of the penis. The foreskin provides...

Cleft lip repair

Cleft lip is a treatable birth defect that occurs when the tissues of the upper jaw and nose do not join as expected during fetal development,...

Clinical psychotherapy

Our therapists provide treatment for the mental and emotional effects related to a number of conditions including multiple sclerosis.

Clinical trials, brain

Providence Brain and Spine Institute is involved in several clinical trials for investigational medications for Alzheimer's disease, ALS, multiple...

Clinical trials, heart

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors and researchers find ways to improve health care. Each study tries to answer...

Closed reduction/manipulation

A closed reduction is done on a simple fractures in which the bones can be put back in place by simply manipulating them back together without...

Cognitive disorders clinical trials

ELAN 301: A Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Efficacy and Safety Trial of Bapineuzumab...

Colon surgery

Colon surgery (removing the cancer in an operation) is the most common treatment for all stages of colon cancer. A doctor may remove the cancer...

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube as thick as your finger into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon.

Colostomy

A colostomy is a surgical procedure that is done when part of the bowel (colon or rectum) has been removed and the remaining bowel cannot function...

Colposcopy

A colposcopy is usually done to look at the vagina and cervix when the result of a Pap test is abnormal. A special magnifying devise (colposcope)...

Community Care workshops and seminars

Community Care seminars are offered at no charge to faith communities, outreach ministries, senior centers, civic organizations and community...

Computed tomography (CT) scan

CT scans, also known as CAT scans, obtain multiple cross-sectional images of the body by using special X-rays and computer enhancement to create an...

Convergent procedure

The convergent procedure is a minimally-invasive approach that combines the best of electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac surgery treatments to help...

Cornea transplant

Corneal transplant is a surgery to replace the cornea. The cornea is the outer, clear, round structure that covers the colored part of the eye...

CPAP and BiPAP units and supplies

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is treatment provided by a machine that the patient wears at night or when sleeping. It is the most...

da Vinci adrenalectomy

Minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System is an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that may...

da Vinci cholecystectomy

Minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System is an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that may...

da Vinci colon resection

da Vinci Surgery for colorectal conditions, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative...

da Vinci esophagectomy

Surgery is generally the most effective way to treat disorders of the heart, lungs and esophagus. But traditional open surgery has a number of...

da Vinci gastrectomy

Minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System is an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that may...

da Vinci hiatal hernia repair

Minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System is an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that may...

da Vinci hysterectomy

The Food and Drug Administration approved the da Vinci® Surgery System for gynecologic surgery in 2005. It's one of the newest techniques available...

da Vinci pancreatectomy

If you have been told you need surgery for a disease affecting your pancreas, such as chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, ask your doctor if...

da Vinci prostatectomy

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is surgery done through small incisions in the belly with robotic arms that translate the...

Dacryocystorhinostomy

Dacryocystorhinostomy is a type of surgery sometimes used to treat blocked tear ducts in adults. It is rarely used in children. This procedure...

Dental extraction

A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. A surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) or...

Dental rehabilitation

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery: Take painkillers as prescribed by your...

Diagnostic laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs or the female...

Diode laser cyclophotocoagulation

Laser cyclophotocoagulation is a type of surgery (cyclodestructive procedure) used to destroy the ciliary body, the part of the eye that produces...

Disability/Workers comp

Disabilty insurance and worker’s compensaton are forms of insurance that cover medical expensense if an employee is injured on the job or unable to...

Disk arthroplasty

Disk arthroplasty is a surgical procedure in which a herniated spinal disk is removed and replaced with an artificial disk.

Dobutamine stress echo

This echocardiogram is similar to a stress echocardiogram but does not require you to walk on the treadmill. Dobutamine, a medication that raises...

Drop-in child care

My Little Waiting Room offers a fun, safe, drop-in child care environment for children whose families are tending to medical appointments or...

Ear foreign body removal

Objects (foreign bodies) inserted into the ear usually do not cause significant damage. But objects that are inserted forcefully can damage the ear...

Ear paper/fat patch

A hole in the eardrum or "perforated eardrum" can come from a bad ear infection; a surgical procedure, such as placement of an ear tube;...

Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve

The Edwards SAPIEN valve is a collapsible aortic heart valve that can be introduced into the body via a catheter-based delivery system. The valve...

Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG)

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart's...

Electroencephalograms (EEG)-adult

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached...

Elementary school health breaks

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Elementary school health breaks provide basic health and safety information plus help elementary students learn about...

Emergency services

If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Hospital emergency rooms (ERs) are set up to focus on medical emergencies. They are not set up to focus on...

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

Endobronchial ultrasound is a less invasive alternative to mediastinoscopy for diagnosing and staging thoracic malignancies like lung cancer....

Endometrial biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is a way for your doctor to take a small sample of the lining of the uterus (endometruim). The sample is looked at under a...

Endometrial cancer care

Endometrial cancer detected in its early stages can be cured with surgery and close follow-up. Treatment choices depend on where the cancer is and...

Endoscopic neurosurgery

Providence surgeons are improving care through endoscopic neurosurgery, an advanced procedure that uses a slender fiber-optic camera to improve...

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)

ERCP is short for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in the gastrointestinal tract....

Endoscopic sinus surgery

In endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope is inserted into the nose, providing the doctor with an inside view of the sinuses. Surgical instruments...

Endoscopic ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). In this test, a small ultrasound probe at the end of the endoscope is placed down the throat to the chest area. The...

Epidermal biopsies diagnosis

A small amount of skin may be removed and studied under a microscope to assist in diagnosis of peripheral nerve diseases. This can be done in the...

Event monitor

For this test, you are fitted with three electrodes and a monitoring device. While wearing the device, you must activate the monitor by pushing a...

Extended EEG monitoring

A diagnostic test called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, can help determine if a patient is having seizures. An EEG is a test that records...

Eyes, ears, nose and throat exam

You may be asked to have a physical exam by a neuro-opthamologist or a neurotologist if your doctor needs help in diagnosing your condition related...

Fall risk assessment

Falling is a very real concern for older adults. Nearly half of all people over age 65 fall every year. Many are seriously injured. When people...

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the rectum and a portion of the colon (large intestine) by inserting a flexible tube...

Flu shot

The flu shot is a vaccine that contains a killed form of three flu viruses. The vaccine causes your immune system to make antibodies. If you are...

Fracture repair

Fracture repair is surgery to fix a broken bone using plates, nails, screws or pins.

Gastrointestinal surgery

Surgery is a common treatment of all stages of gastric cancer. The following types of surgery may be used: Subtotal gastrectomy: Removal of...

Gift shop

Our gift shops welcome guests in the lobby of many of our hospitals. Our teams of volunteers and staff are ready to assist you with a wide range of...

Grief support groups

Professionally-facilitated ongoing support groups for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one are offered at a variety of locations and...

Guest housing

Providence Health & Services can ease hospitalization concerns for patients and their families. Providence offers guest housing and recommended...

Gynecologic surgery

Surgery is used to treat many gynecologic cancers including uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers. Surgeries for gynecologic cancers include...

Hand-finger percutaneous pinning

You will probably need surgery to fix your fracture. The type of surgery you have will depend on where the break is and how bad it is. Your doctor...

HDR brachytherapy

High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy involves the remote placement of a tiny, very highly radioactive source, which is housed in a lead lined device...

Health and Wellness Classes

At Providence Health & Services, you can find what you need to achieve wellness at every stage in life. Visit our online class catalog to...

Healthy Heart and Vascular Lectures

Join us as our physician experts explore a range of topics that will help you learn the facts about preventing, detecting and effectively treating many cardiac and vascular diseases. Our free community forums are held conveniently at several Providence medical centers and hospitals in Oregon.

Hemoccult, guaiac

Hemocult, immunoassay is a fecal occult blood test used to detect blood in your stoll and screen for colorectal cancer other intestinal conditions.

Hernia surgery

Surgery overview A hernia is a bulge of intestine, another organ, or fat through the muscles of the belly. A hernia can occur when there is...

Hip replacement surgery

Total joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces. Total hip replacement...

Hip revision

Hip revision surgery, which is also known as revision total hip arthroplasty, is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a previously implanted...

Home sleep testing

For portable sleep monitoring, you will use equipment at home that records information about you while you sleep. If you will have portable sleep...

Hospice animal assisted activity volunteer

Volunteers who have completed the Delta Society Animal-Assisted Therapy and Education program with their pets are assigned by the volunteer...

Hospice Bereavement volunteer

Bereavement volunteers act as part of the Providence Bereavement Services staff by contacting survivors of hospice patients after the death. They...

Hospice facility specialist volunteer

Hospice facility specialist volunteers are assigned to visit hospice patients in selected care facilities. The facility specialist is assigned to a...

Hospice hospital service volunteer

Hospice-trained volunteers in hospital service seek to support the patients, visitors and personnel of the department in a way that exhibits the...

Hospice massage therapy volunteer

Providence Hospice massage therapy volunteers are assigned by the volunteer coordinator and provide physical and emotional support to terminally...

Hospice patient pet services volunteer

Volunteers who serve in this area are part of the Pet Peace of Mind program.They are assigned to visit patients who have pet care needs. A...

Hospice program support volunteer

Hospice Program support volunteers act on the direction of the volunteer coordinator or other hospice staff member to provide assistance with...

Hospice respite volunteer

Providence Hospice respite volunteers provide comfort and companionship to terminally ill patients so that exhausted family caregivers can take a...

Hospice vigil volunteer

Providence Hospice vigil volunteers are assigned by the hospice staff to bring comfort, support and companionship to patients and their family...

Hospice visitation volunteer

Providence Hospice visitation volunteers  provide comfort and companionship to terminally ill patients residing in nursing facilities or adult care homes.

Hospital care

If you need inpatient care, get in and out of the hospital as quickly as possible. This will reduce costs and your risk of hospital-acquired...

Hydrocele repair

A hydrocele (say “HY-druh-seel”) is a buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles. It causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. A...

Hypospadias repair

Hypospadias is sometimes treated with surgery to correct the placement of the urethral opening, usually during the first year of life. There are...

Image-guided biopsy

Ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce an image of organs and other structures in the body. This technology can be useful in helping...

Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

Radiation oncologists use image-guided radiation therapy, or IGRT, to help better deliver the radiation to the cancer since tumors can move between...

Immunizations

In many cases when you get a vaccine, you get a tiny amount of a weakened or dead form of the organism that causes the disease. Though not...

Implanted hearing aid

An Implanted hearing aid, is a surgically inserted hearing device. A sound processor transmits sound vibrations to an inserted titanium implant....

Individual and family grief counseling

Bereavement social workers provide short-term individual and family counseling to children, teens and adults who are grieving the death of a loved...

Informational Interviews

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Small groups of students, usually numbering from five to 10 students, meet with a Providence professional for an hour to...

Inguinal hernia repair

Surgery is the only treatment and cure for inguinal hernia. Hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. About...

Inpatient persistent pain therapy

While in the hospital, the Inpatient Persistent Pain Rehab team can help you address your pain experience through non-pharmacological...

In-patient sleep testing

Sleep studies are usually done by a trained sleep lab technician. The studies are usually scheduled for evening and night hours (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)...

Insomnia referrals

Your doctor can learn a lot about your insomnia and its causes by reviewing your sleep history. He or she may also ask you to keep a sleep diary...

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy is a specialized form of 3D-CRT that allows radiation to be more exactly shaped to fit the tumor. With IMRT,...

International certificate of immunization

After receiving the yellow fever vaccine, you will be given an International Certificate of Verification (yellow card) from the office or clinic...

Intraoperative MRI (IMRI)

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world’s most advanced operating suite for brain tumors. With intraoperative magnetic...

Joint aspiration

A sample of joint fluid can be taken from any joint in your body. The joint fluid is then analyzed in a lab to look for inflammation, infection,...

Joint fusion

Joint fusion permanently fixes a joint in one position.

Knee replacement surgery

Joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of bones in a damaged joint. This surgery creates new joint surfaces. In knee replacement...

Labor, delivery and recovery

During your prenatal visits, you may have developed a birthing plan with your care provider. If an emergency or an urgent situation arises, your...

Laparoscopic orchiopexy

Surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum is called orchiopexy or orchidopexy. It is usually performed on babies who are 6 to 15...

Laryngoscopy

Laryngoscopy is an examination that lets your doctor look at the back of your throat, your voice box (larynx), and vocal cords with a scope...

LDR brachytherapy

LDR involves the longer placement of the temporary (several days) or permanent radiation source into the tumor area such as prostate seed implant...

Lesion, shave

During a shave biopsy, a physician will remove an outer layer of the skin lession to obtain a sample for testing.

Ligament and tendon repair

Ligament and tendon repair is surgery to repair a damaged or torn tendon or ligament.

Lithotripsy

Kidney stones are a painful medical problem that affects more than 400,000 Americans every year. The stones are formed from hardened mineral...

Liver surgery

Liver resection is the surgical removal of part of the liver. This operation is for some types of liver cancer and for certain cases of metastatic...

Long-term EEG monitoring

A diagnostic test called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, can help determine if a patient is having seizures. An EEG is a test that records...

Low vision therapy

Vision problems caused by cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, stroke and head injuries make it difficult to read the newspaper,...

Lumpectomy

Surgery overview Breast-conserving surgery removes the cancer or abnormal tissue, but leaves the rest of the breast intact. The goal is to take...

Lung cancer screening

Watch a video featuring Dr. Michael Skokan, pulmonologist, describing the need for lung cancer screening. What is lung cancer screening?...

Maintenance of wakefulness testing

This test measures whether you can stay awake during a time when you are normally awake. If a "maintenance of wakefulness test" is done,...

Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled...

Mammosite

MammoSite is a treatment option for early-stage breast cancer following breast-conserving surgery. Current standard treatment for early-stage...

Mandibular/maxillary osteotomy

Orthognathic surgery treats malocclusion ("poor bite") by restructuring the jaw through cutting the bone and repositioning the bone...

Mastectomy

Surgery overview Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast. It is usually performed by a general surgeon as local therapy to treat breast...

Me Too family support group

The death of a loved one can affect the whole family. Me Too offers a family approach to grief support, with age-specific groups for children,...

Me Too Family Support Group volunteer

Me Too volunteers act as co-facilitators to children’s bereavement support groups under the direction of a professional facilitator. Me Too...

Meatoplasty

Meatal stenosis is the most common long-term complication of male circumcision. Stenosis is a blockage or narrowing that develops in the opening of...

Mediastinoscopy

Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure to examine the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs (mediastinum). During a...

Medical education

Providence Health & Services offers three residency training programs. Program details include philosophy, curriculum, clinical training sites,...

Medical Records Authorizations

Providence Health & Services provides access to medical records from our hospitals and other medical facilities in Oregon to patients and their authorized representatives.

Mental health assessment and evaluation

Health professionals often do a brief mental health assessment during regular checkups. If you are having symptoms of a mental health problem, your...

Middle ear exploration

Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum,...

Midwifery

Providence understands selecting a provider is a very personal choice, especially when it comes to delivering your children. The relationship created with your care provider throughout your prenatal and delivery experience can last a lifetime. That’s why Providence offers midwifery and obstetrics options to fit your personal care preferences.

Mind-Body medicine

Mind-Body medicine is the provision of services which recognize that the mind, the emotions and the spirit all have a role in the healing of the...

Minimally invasive procedures

Providence neurosurgeons lead the region in minimally invasive procedures. These techniques allow them to treat conditions without surgery and with few, if any, incisions. 

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Providence neurosurgeons lead the region in minimally invasive procedures. These techniques allow them to treat conditions without surgery and with few, if any, incisions. 

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a simple, painless procedure. It uses a strong magnet and radio waves to produce high-quality pictures of...

Multiple sleep latency testing

This test measures how long it takes you to fall asleep. It also determines whether you enter REM sleep. If a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is...

Music-thanatology

Prescriptive music, also known as Music-thanatology, can provide comfort and relaxation at any point during treatment of a terminal illness, such as during the removal of life support, while a person is on comfort care, during periods of anxiety, intense pain, or sleeplessness or when a person is having difficulty breathing.

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Myringotomy

Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections or when fluid stays behind...

Nail removal

Nail removal is a form of treatment that is sometimes necessary fo severe or recurrent fungal nail infections.

Nasolacrimal duct probe

Tears normally drain from the eye through small tubes called tear ducts that stretch from the eye into the nose. A blocked tear duct occurs when...

Neck mass excision

Most neck masses in children are benign and due to either inflammation or congenital disorders. The treatment for most congenital neck masses is...

Neonatal long-term EEG monitoring with video

A diagnostic test called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, can help determine if a patient is having seizures. An EEG is a test that records...

Neuro biplane catheterization lab

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center are homes to highly advanced cranial procedure labs. In these labs,...

Neuro Urology/Rehab

Neuro urology rehabilitation is provided by physical therapists who work with male and female patients who have fecal and urinary incontinence.

Neurological examination for multiple sclerosis

Before conducting a neurological examination for multiple sclerosis (MS), the doctor will collect information about your symptoms. The kinds of...

Neuropsychological testing

You may be asked to have a neuropsychological evaluation if your doctor needs help in diagnosing your condition. A clinical neuropsychologist has...

Newborn and neonatal occupational and physical therapy

Physical therapy is treatment to improve mobility to relieve pain, and to restore physical function and overall fitness. The physical therapist...

Newborn and neonatal surgery

We provide consultation, diagnosis and treatment for children with surgical needs, including neonatal surgery and surgery for congenital anomalies....

Newborn care services with NICU care

Should you need us, we have the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the northwest. We offer 19 single-family suites, for a capacity of 70...

NICU graduate appointments

Babies who were born very pre-term or who were very sick at birth are at increased risk for developmental problems. When delays in development are...

Nissen fundoplication

Fundoplication surgery is the most common surgery used to treat GERD and is usually performed by a general surgeon. This surgery can also repair a hiatal hernia. 

Nocturnal polysomnograms

This test records several body functions during sleep, including brain activity, eye movement, oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, heart rate...

Non-invasive vascular screenings

Vascular diseases are known as “silent killers” because they often strike without warning. They are life-threatening diseases of the veins and...

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine scans use a special camera (gamma) to take pictures of tissues and organs in the body after a radioactive tracer (radionuclide or...

Oncology nurse navigator

An oncology nurse navigator is an oncology certified nurse (OCN) who provides  education for each cancer patient concerning their individual...

Oncology social work

Oncology social workers assess the needs of cancer patients. They can facilitate communication with the health care team, provide emotional support...

Online childbirth education classes

For your convenience, Providence offers an online childbirth education program. This program is ideal for women whose schedules don’t allow them to...

Oral, head and neck cancer therapy

Providence Health & Services offers a variety of rehabilitation oncology programs. Laryngectomy Rehabilitation: Speech-language...

Orchiectomy

Orchiectomy is the removal of one or both testicles (testes) and is generally performed by a urologist. The testicles are the male sex organs that...

Otoplasty

Otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery to change the look of a person's ears through a combination of moving, reshaping, adding, or removing structural...

Ovarian cancer care

The choice of treatment and the long-term outcome (prognosis) for women who have ovarian cancer depends on the type and stage of cancer. Your age,...

Pancreas surgery

One of the following types of surgery may be used to treat pancreatic cancer: Whipple procedure: A surgical procedure in which the head of the...

Patient-centered Medical Home

A patient-centered medical home is a team approach to providing health care. The patient-centered medical home maintains a centralized,...

Pediatric epilepsy monitoring

Pediatric epilepsy monitoring (EMU) is done with video for pediatric patients who have had difficulty controlling their seizures with medication,...

Pediatrics

Pediatricians are medical doctors who specialize in the care of children. Pediatricians can treat children with any type of problem, or they may...

Percutaneous pinning

Some fractures require percutaneous pinning which is helpful in stabilizing unstable fractures. It involves using an X-ray to insert pins through...

Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) placement

A PICC ("pick"), line is one of several types of central venous catheters. It is inserted into a vein in the arm rather than a vein in...

Pharmacologic nuclear scan

This is a test in which you receive an IV infusion of a medication to exercise your heart. Your heart rate, blood pressure and ECG are monitored...

PHSOR Professional Staff Bylaws, Policies and Procedures

Medical Staff Services provides support to Providence professional staff leadership and the various committees and functions of the organized...

Physical and laboratory evaluation

A mental health assessment may include a physical exam. Your doctor will review your past medical history, as well as that of your family members,...

Pilonidal cyst excision

Pilonidal disease is a chronic infection of a cyst (pilonidal cyst) that develops near the top of the crease between the buttocks. When the...

Pleurodesis

Pleurodesis is used to prevent fluid buildup around your lungs. During this procedure, a chemical or medicine (talc or doxycycline) is put into...

Pneumonia shot

The pneumonia vaccine for adults (PPV) protects against 23 types of pneumonia.

Portacath

A central venous catheter, or vascular access device (VAD), is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medicines, fluids, nutrients or blood...

Positron emission tomography

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a test that uses a special type of camera and a tracer (radioactive chemical) to look at organs in the body....

Posterior vitrectomy

Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye. It may be done when there is a retinal detachment, since...

Post-op follow-up

A post-operative follow-up are additional appointments set up during your recovery period, typically after surgery. After a procedure, your...

Postpartum visit at Providence Postpartum Care Center

The last step of the hospital delivery experience is for you and your baby to visit the Providence Postpartum Care Center one or two days after you...

Pregnancy and Parenting classes

Parenting with Providence: Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Our classes include: Childbirth Preparation Breastfeeding...

Pre-Surgery Clinic

The Pre-Surgery Clinic helps patients prepare for their surgeries before the actual day of the surgery. Our goal here is to help assure a satisfying surgical experience for the patient, patient family, surgeon and nursing staff. The staff meets with each patient to obtain and compile all of the required pre-surgery tests and documentation. 

Preventative and treatment plans for travel issues

Preparing for a journey takes planning and time. Proper planning is the best way to stay healthy during your trip. See a doctor at least six weeks...

Prostatectomy

A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland and is usually done by a urologist. This type of surgery is typically performed to treat cancer of the prostate or to reduce the symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate (difficulty passing urine, needing to go frequently). 

Providence Connections volunteer

Providence Connections volunteers are hospice-trained volunteers who support patients cared for by the Connections team. They make telephone...

Providence Maternity Services: Our 365 Web Nursery

Welcome to the online photo display of babies recently born at Providence Health & Services hospitals. This virtual photo album is designed for...

Providence Medical Group Living Well with Chronic Conditions Program Volunteer

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a self-management workshop offered for Providence Medical Group patients. This six-week workshop is for patients who are living with chronic conditions and their family or friends. 

Providence Medical Group Patient and Family Advisory Program Volunteer

Providence Medical Group is dedicated to building genuine partnerships with our patients and their families. We collaborate with fourteen Patient and Family Advisory Councils and over 11,000 online patient advisors. Our advisors represent the patient and family voice and are essential allies in patient-centered care, quality improvement, safety and healthcare transformation.

Providence OB\GYN Hosptialist

A hospitalist is a specialist in hospital medicine - a doctor whose office is the hospital itself and who focuses intensely on patient care at every stage of a person’s hospital visit.

Psychiatric consultation liaison

About the service: Available to Providence Health & Services physicians and staff for hospital inpatients, both adult and adolescent. ...

Psychiatric evaluation and medication management

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems, such as depression. They provide...

Psychometric testing

During psychometric testing, you may be asked questions to understand how different parts of your brain are functioning. Commonly memory, language,...

Ptosis repair

Drooping is the result of reduced muscle tone in the muscles that control the eyelids. If your lower eyelids droop outward, away from the eye...

Pubo vaginal sling

Urethral sling surgeries to treat urinary incontinence involve placing a sling around the urethra to lift it back into a normal position and to...

Pull through

Endorectal soave pull through is a surgical procedure used in the treatment for Hirschsprung disease. It requires a reconstructive “pullthrough”...

Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART)

The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test measures the amount of sweat that is produced near a nerve. The sweat glands are stimulated by the application of a small amount of electrical stimulation on the skin. You may be asked to have this test if your doctor needs additional information to diagnose you with a peripheral nerve disorder. 

Radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy treatment, also called x-ray therapy, is directed at the tumor from a machine located away from your body, usually...

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is the use of a special probe with tiny electrodes that kill cancer cells. Sometimes the probe is inserted directly through...

Radiology

X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that can be focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. Unlike a beam of light,...

Resection/recession strabismus repair

Strabismus is a vision problem in which both eyes do not look at the same point at the same time. It usually develops during childhood. Normally,...

Rotator cuff repair

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves removing loose fragments of tendon, bursa and other debris from the space in the...

Routine gynecology

Take care of yourself. Every woman deserves the specialized attention that a women’s healthcare professional provides. From adolescence through the...

Sedation

Procedural sedation combines the use of local anesthesia with sedatives to relax you.

Septoplasty

Surgery to straighten the septum is called septoplasty, submucous resection of the septum, or septal reconstruction. 

Short-term ventricular-assist device

A short-term ventricular-assist device is an external pump that temporarily does the work of a beating heart. For very sick patients the device...

Shoulder replacement surgery

Joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of bones in a damaged joint. This surgery creates new joint surfaces. In shoulder...

Skin graft

A skin graft is a piece of skin used to replace diseased or injured tissue, such as burned skin. A graft can be healthy living tissue harvested...

Skin tag removal

Skin tag removal is the removal of excess skin growths (skin tag) that may occur on your body.

Sleep consultations

Providing answers and treatment for your sleep problems, Providence Sleep Disorders Centers have a team of sleep experts who have diagnosed and...

Sleep studies

Sleep studies are tests that watch what happens to your body during sleep. The studies are done to find out what is causing your sleep problems....

Speakers bureau

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute is committed to providing ongoing outreach and education to various audiences including community forums,...

Steroid injections

Articular corticosteroids or steroids are medicines injected directly into a painful, inflamed joint, ligament or tendon.

Stress echo

An echocardiogram is performed immediately before and after you walk on a treadmill. During the test, your heart rate and blood pressure will be...

Sublingual cyst excision

In an excision, the infected material is drained and the cyst is removed. Because an excision is a complex procedure that requires a deeper cut...

Supprelin implant

Histrelin is given in a tiny implant that is inserted under the skin on the inside of your upper arm. You will receive this implant with a minor...

Surgical viewings

Surgical viewings allow students to observe a surgery in real-time from an auditorium. Types of surgeries include Ortho Watch, Chest Watch, Heart...

Telephone bereavement support and referrals

Bereavement social workers and specially-trained bereavement volunteers support grieving individuals over the telephone. Information about...

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest is a medical treatment used to treat patients who remain unconscious after resuscitation from...

Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)

Tumors are not regular; they come in different shapes and sizes. Three-dimensional conformal radiation thetapy, or 3D-CRT, uses computers and...

Thrombolytic or 'clot busting' drugs

Thrombolytic or "clot-busting" drugs offer an emergency treatment option for some people who are having a stroke. 

Thyroglossal duct excision

Treatment for a thyroglossal cyst often requires surgical removal to prevent recurrence. Before the cyst is removed, it is important that the...

Thyroid surgery

Thyroid surgery is used to treat thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and hyperthyroidism. During this procedure, part or all of the thyroid gland is removed. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck.

TMJ arthroplasty bilateral

In arthroscopic surgery, the doctor inserts tiny surgical tools and a camera into a few small cuts in your jaw. It is the type of surgery most often used for TM disorders.

Tobacco counseling

Ready to quit smoking? We can help.

Transarterial chemoembolization

Chemotherapy delivered during hepatic arterial occlusion is called chemoembolization. The anticancer drug is injected into the hepatic artery...

Transitions: An Appearance Center

We carry the following items in our Portland, Oregon locations: mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, and lymphedema garments. Begin to feel like...

Travel health screening and risk assessment

Check with a travel medicine clinic at least six weeks before traveling so that you'll have time for immunizations and other health precautions that may need to be done in advance. Better yet, talk to your doctor as soon as you know you will be traveling.

Travel prescriptions

International travel is an exciting and potentially dangerous endeavor. Travelers will encounter different public health standards and environmental conditions while away from home, and these can lead to illness. If you are going abroad, Providence Traveler's Services can help you plan a safe and healthy trip.

Travel vaccinations

Before you travel, you should be aware of any needed immunizations or medicines, disease outbreaks, food and water precautions and any other...

Tympanometry

Tympanometry tests the movement of the eardrum when an ear infection or other middle ear problem is suspected.

Tympanoplasty/ mastoidectomy

If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis, a procedure that involves using a needle to remove fluid...

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a test that uses reflected sound waves to produce an image of organs and other structures in the body. It does not use X-rays or...

Upper endoscopy

The term “endoscopy” refers to a special technique for looking inside a part of the body. “Upper GI” is the portion of the gastro­intestinal tract, the digestive system, that includes the esophagus, the stomach and the duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine.

Vaginal delivery

A vaginal delivery is the birth of a fetus through the mother's birth canal, or vagina.

Vasectomy

A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control that prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates.

Venipuncture

Venipuncture is the collection of blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing.

Ventricular-assist device

A VAD is a mechanical heart pump that is surgically implanted in the body. The device helps a weak heart by pumping blood for the heart. A tiny...

Volunteering

Volunteers play an important role in helping Providence serve our community. There are many ways for you to get involved, share your talents and meet a variety of people.

Volunteering at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Thank you for your interest in joining Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's group of dedicated volunteers who serve our hospital and surrounding...

Vulvar lesion excision

Surgery is the most common treatment for cancer of the vulva. The goal of surgery is to remove all the cancer without any loss of the woman's...

WADA testing

Your doctor may ask you to have a Wada test if you are a candidate for epilepsy surgery.  The Wada test checks to see which side of your brain is...

Wart treatment

The goal of wart treatment is to destroy or remove the wart without creating scar tissue, which can be more painful than the wart itself. How a...

Weight management

Ready to lose weight? We can help. Weight management classes For information call Providence Resource Line at 503-574-6595, or visit...

Welcome to Medicare exam

Medicare covers a one-time preventive physical exam within the first 12 months that you have Part B.

Well adult exam

Your health care provider will check your general health, look into conditions that you report symptoms for and may screen you for other diseases...

Well child check

During a well-child visit, a doctor examines your child and asks you questions about your child's development and behavior. Immunizations also are...