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Links to Helpful Websites


These are all helpful sites with valuable medical information


Procedure and Product Information from Industry:

This is a site managed by the Ethicon Company. It has excellent information about a variety of minimally invasive procedures including colon, hemorrhoid, ventral hernia, gallbladder and GERD reflux surgery. Dr. Rifenbery is one of the surgeons that is recommended by this site.

This website is produced by the Covidian Company. It has a lot of useful information about hernia repair. Dr. Rifenbery is listed here as a recommended surgeon. Dr Rifenbery also serves as a consultant to Covidian.

This is the website for daVinci Surgery. They manufacture the daVinci Surgical Robot. There is a wealth of information on robotic surgery and the new progress with this exciting invention. Dr. Rifenbery is one of the surgeons that is recommended by this site. Dr Rifenbery also serves as a proctor, teaching surgeons all over the United States in this equipment.


American College of Surgeons:

This is the web site for the American College of Surgeons. Here you can find information on the qualifications and training of our surgeons. There is also a great deal of educational material available.


Medical and Surgical Encyclopedias:

This site is produced by the Mayo Clinic. This is a very good site for up to date information on a wide variety of surgical and medical problems. The articles are up to date, accurate and pertinent. Very highly rated.

This is the site for WebMD. There is a wealth of medical information on many topics in this alphabetical directory. We highly recommend this site for medical information.


Weight Loss:

The Medifast program is an excellent choice for weight loss. It is a physician approved and highly recommended program for losing weight and improving your health.

Smoking Help:

Tobacco Quit Line - Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health. Tobacco is ruining your health, your life and the life of your family. Please call 1-800-784-8669 The same service is available in Spanish at 1-877-266-3863

This link offers stop smoking help if you are uninsured:


Drug and Alcohol Help:

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services If you or someone you care about is fighting drug or alcohol abuse, this link from Pierce county may help.

Social Services:

Pierce County Social Services A variety of resources and helpful information from Pierce County for disabilities, older adults, housing, behavioral health, and other problems are addressed.

Lactation Consultants:

Lactation Consultants are often recommended for our patients who are nursing and are preparing for surgery. Many medications given during and after surgery can affect the nursing mother's baby.
Please use one of the following links:

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Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-234-1283
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