Where Can I Have My Surgery? A 2019 Update.

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If you have a favorite hospital and you are in need of a shoulder or elbow procedure, you may be in luck. Maybe it’s your favorite because it’s close to home, you’re been a patient there before and had a good experience, or your primary care doctor or cardiologist is there. Maybe a friend or family has told you about a good experience there. Whatever the reason, many patients prefer their surgery to be done at their favorite hospital.

As an independent physician, Dr. Betsy Nolan has admitting privileges and can perform surgeries at multiple hospitals in the state of Oklahoma. While hospital choice for the patient is important, other factors may impact where your surgery takes place.

For some patients, the availability of other specialists sometimes impacts hospital choice. For example, a patient with a history of lung issues might be best treated at a hospital with a pulmonologist readily available.

Some area hospitals have dedicated joint wards with specialized nurses and therapists who spend all of their time taking care of joint replacement patients. Specialized joint wards have a lower risk of infection since nurses are not also treating patients with major infections. If you are in need of a shoulder or elbow replacement, that might be a consideration when choosing a hospital as well.

Each facility accepts certain insurance plans and not others, so your coverage may also affect your hospital choices. Most patients will select a hospital simply based on availability for when surgery best fits their schedule.

Dr. Betsy Nolan works with each patient to determine the best hospital location for their surgery. She performs surgeries at the following hospitals:

Oklahoma City:

  • OU Medical Center Edmond, located at 1 South Bryant in Edmond. The specialized joint replacement ward has large rooms with pullout couches to accommodate family members or friends who wish to stay with the patient. Virtually any kind of additional service which may be needed, such as cardiology or pulmonology, can be provided here.
  • Surgery Center of Oklahoma, located at 9500 N. Broadway in Oklahoma City. SCO is an outpatient surgical facility that provides an upfront cost listed on their website for all procedures. Only outpatient procedures may be performed here, so patients must be healthy enough for a quick recovery.
  • Mercy Hospital, located at 4300 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City. Mercy is often preferred by patients whose primary care doctors are based at Mercy and/or whose cardiologists are at the Heart Hospital. A wide array of additional services are available at this location as well. Inpatient cases are generally done and the Memorial Road location and outpatient cases are generally done at the I-35 location below.
  • Mercy Edmond I-35, located at 2017 W. I-35 Frontage Road, is a nice, efficient, newer facility for outpatient procedures only. This facility does not do any joint replacement procedures.
  • Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, located at 1111 S. Dewey in Midtown. As a specialized orthopaedic hospital, Bone and Joint has highly trained nursing and support staff who are very experienced in most orthopaedic procedures.
  • AllianceHealth Midwest, located at 2825 Parklawn Drive in Midwest City is an option for Midwest City patients or those who prefer this hospital.


  • Duncan Regional Hospital, at 1407 Whisenant in Duncan, is our newest hospital addition. They have a very nice modern joints ward equipped with very experienced nursing and therapy services for joint replacement services. Both outpatient and inpatient surgeries can be done at Duncan.


  • Southwestern Medical Center, located at 5602 SW Lee Boulevard in Lawton.
  • Dr. Nolan also offers clinic hours every other week in Lawton as well as Duncan to see patients from southern Oklahoma and north Texas. Both of these clinics are adjacent to the corresponding hospital.

Dr. Nolan is happy to see VA patients at any of her clinic locations, but does not do surgery at the VA Hospital. VA patients may continue to go to the VA for their other benefits, such as their PACT team, physical or occupational therapy, and use the outpatient pharmacy there.