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You Have a Choice

Dr. Hrdlicka of Claremore Surgeons explains that patients do not have to select the surgeon their primary care physician refers them to.

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2012

Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka of Claremore Surgeons.

Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka of Claremore Surgeons.

In a world of medical ­networking, it is easy to forget that you have a choice. In past years, Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka of Claremore Surgeons has observed that when people visit their general practice physician and are told they need surgery, they assume they have to use the surgeon to whom they are referred.

    “Medicine is changing in that many physicians are employed by certain hospital groups, and these physicians are encouraged to refer within their network,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “I’m not in any of those networks, but anyone who is in the network can come to see me – they just need to make sure they tell their family doctor who they prefer.” Dr. Hrdlicka explains that the doctor will not refuse to send a patient to him, but notes, “If you don’t make your choice known, they will most likely refer you within the network.”

    When you visit Dr. Hrdlicka, you will find that he offers a variety of choices of his own, performing a whole host of general surgical procedures, including general surgery, vascular surgery, advanced laparoscopy, surgical oncology, colonoscopy, vasectomy, ­minimally invasive surgical ­procedures, breast cancer ­surgery, mammosite, laser venous closure, and laser/light therapy. Endoscopic procedures like colonoscopy and EGD are also available at Claremore Surgeons, and Dr. Hrdlicka ­performs surgeries at St. John’s Owasso, Claremore Regional/Hillcrest, and Memorial Surgery Center in Tulsa. In addition, he is actively involved with the Vascular & Vein Laser Center, which offers cosmetic solutions with little downtime like Botox, Juvederm, Pixel, laser skin tightening, and vein ablation. For information on cosmetic procedures, visit

    Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka specializes in general as well as vascular and endovascular surgery. Born and raised in Claremore, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and his medical degree from Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then went on to Ohio University’s Doctors Hospital in Columbus, where he completed a residency and fellowship in general surgery. Next, he completed a sub-fellowship in endovascular surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix. Even as his education took him far from Claremore, when it was time to practice medicine, he returned to his hometown, where he has established himself within the family business formed in 1970 by his father, Dr. Larry Hrdlicka, and fellow surgeon, Dr. Larry Young.

    Because of his Claremore history, it is natural that Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka has what he describes as a “true fondness” for the town. He has established this as his home base, actively ­supporting the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore High School sports programs. Claremore Surgeons was recently voted the Claremore Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year – the first time a physician’s office has ever received this honor. Dr. Hrdlicka hopes the Claremore community sees his commitment and realizes the difference stability makes. “In today’s day and time, you’re seeing physicians who are not tied to a community anymore. Since physicians are often employed by a group, you tend to see a lot of movement from clinic to clinic, town to town,” he says. “We’ve been here for 40 years – we’re not going anywhere.”

For more information, contact

Claremore Surgeons, Inc.

1220 N. Florence Ave.
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 341-5311

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