NWKS Surgical Associates

The surgeons and staff members of Northwest Kansas Surgical Associates (located in Citizens Medical Center) make surgery as convenient as possible. By offering a comprehensive range of surgical services, the Northwest Kansas Surgical Associates enable you to address your health concerns without having to be far from home.

With compassion and expertise, they offer 24/7 emergency surgical care and are always available when you need them.

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Wide Range of Services

Our board-certified surgeons perform a variety of adult and pediatric surgical procedures including:


Bowel resection

Breast care and surgery


Cholecystectomy (laparoscopic and open)


Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Gynecologic oncology


Hernia repairs



Skin biopsy and excisions

Surgical Wound Care


Tubal ligation

What You Need to Know About Having Surgery

Properly preparing for surgery will make the entire process easier for both you and your caregivers. Your surgeon and his/her staff will give you specific instructions for your particular surgical procedure.

However, here are a few general suggestions as you navigate through your surgery.

Getting Ready for Surgery


  • Bathe or shower the night before or the morning of your scheduled procedure. You may brush your teeth, as usual.
  • Abide by your surgeon’s restrictions about food and drinks.
  • Bring a current medication list with you (both prescription and over-the-counter medications), including inhalers, eye drops, vitamins, supplements, and herbal medications. If you can’t bring a list, bring the actual medications with you.
  • Do not wear makeup, cosmetics or perfume.
  • Leave your jewelry, large amounts of cash and sentimental items at home.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to walk in the day of surgery.
  • Remove dentures, bridges or dental plates prior to the procedure. They will be returned to you afterward.
  • Remove your contact lenses before the procedure. Bring lens solution and a case for them. If you wear glasses, remove them prior to surgery and put them in your case.
  • Arrange for a caregiver to drive you home and stay with you immediately after your surgery and, perhaps, overnight. If you do not have transportation arranged to take you home afterward, we will cancel and reschedule your procedure. (It is unsafe to drive after receiving sedation or general anesthesia.)

On the Day of Surgery


  • Please bring a valid picture ID and your insurance card with you for the admissions process. Standard hours for admission are 7:15 am to 5 pm.
  • After completing the admission process, a surgery staff member will greet you and lead you from the main lobby.
  • Your surgery time may vary from its original time scheduled. We will do our best to keep you informed and minimize any inconvenience.

After Surgery


  • Contact your surgeon if you develop a cold, sore throat, cough, fever or other illness immediately following your procedure.

Contact Us

100 E. College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 462-7511
(785) 460-1262 (24-Hr Nurse Line)
(785) 460-9317 (Fax)


Kopriva, Brenda

General Surgeon