High Quality Preventive and Surgical Care Close to Home

June 13, 2018
Matias Rivera

Matias Rivera Acosta wanted to have his procedure done closer to his home in Del Rio, Texas. Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center was an easy choice!

Judith Birungi, MD

When Matias Rivera Acosta’s primary care provider in Del Rio, Texas referred him to a hospital in San Antonio for a colonoscopy, he was reluctant to drive two or three hours away for it. However, with a family history of cancer, Rivera Acosta knows the importance of health screenings and wanted to have the procedure. A friend recommended he look into seeing General Surgeon Judith Birungi, MD, an admitting physician with privileges at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center, which is closer to his home.

Rivera Acosta had lab work done at Fort Duncan in 2016 and recalled how CEO Eladio Montalvo had personally walked him through the hospital to register when he couldn’t find the right department. That experience on his first visit impressed him and made it a simple decision to return for his colonoscopy.

He met Dr. Birungi in December 2017 for a consultation and left the hospital feeling confident. “I just felt comfortable after meeting her. She explained the procedure and gave me a little about her background. I felt like I was in really good hands.”

When he came back a week later for the colonoscopy, everything went smoothly. He got to the hospital early for procedure preparations and was ready for discharge just a few hours later with Dr. Birungi’s reassurance that everything looked fine and that she’d be in touch in a week with the final results. Based on his experience, Rivera Acosta says, “I highly recommend having the procedure done at Fort Duncan. Everything was really nice—the hospital and Dr. Birungi. And you don’t have to drive two or three hours away.”

High-quality, compassionate preventive and surgical care is available close to home in Eagle Pass, Texas through the Fort Duncan surgical team made up of surgeons like Dr. Birungi, who began offering her services at the hospital last year.

In addition to preventive care procedures like colonoscopies, Dr. Birungi performs surgeries to treat various conditions including inguinal and abdominal hernias, breast lumpectomies and mastectomies and gall bladder surgery.

If you need a referral to a physician at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center, call our free physician referral service at 866-341-3362.

Patients can also receive preventive and surgical care from any of the other experienced surgeons who provide services at Fort Duncan, including:

  • Luis Gutierrez-Perry, MD, General and Vascular Surgeon
  • Alfonso Aguirre-Treviño, MD, General Surgeon
  • Michael Crone, MD, Urologist
  • Andre L. Thomas, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Surgical care at Fort Duncan

The experienced surgical team at Fort Duncan utilizes advanced tools and minimally invasive techniques to promote faster recovery after surgery. General surgery can be a treatment option for a variety of conditions and common ailments like peptic ulcer disease, swallowing disorders and endocrine problems.

Other surgical specialties offered include:

  • Colon and rectal surgeries to treat diseases that affect the lower intestinal tract, such as colonic polyps, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids and rectal cancer.
  • Vascular surgery can treat disorders of the circulatory system.
  • Orthopedic surgery can treat conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis.
  • Ambulatory surgery is provided for same-day surgical treatments for preventive and diagnostic procedures.

Learn more about the surgical care at Fort Duncan >

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.