New kind of cutting edge: Surgeon builds practice through minimally invasive techniques

Dr. Brad Case operates Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care in Grand Junction, combining his training and experience as a surgeon with minimally invasive technology and techniques. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)
Dr. Brad Case operates Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care in Grand Junction, combining his training and experience as a surgeon with minimally invasive technology and techniques. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Brad Case has worked as a surgeon for more than 25 years, but finds himself on a new and different kind of cutting edge.

He’s built his practice by offering minimally invasive technology and techniques he says not only deliver better results, but also subject patients to less trauma and speed recovery.

“That’s the principle that guides everything we do in this practice,” says Case, who operates Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care in Grand Junction.

Valley Surgical has become one of the busiest practices in Western Colorado in treating varicose veins and other vein conditions, he says.

Moreover, the practice offers procedures unavailable elsewhere in the region. That includes VenaSeal, which used a medical adhesive to close veins, and Smartlipo Triplex, which use three wavelengths of laser energy to remove fat and tighten skin.

“The community has really welcomed this approach,” Case says.

Case opened Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care in 2013 after working as a surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He relocated to the Grand Valley from Florida, where he worked in private practice. Case says he was recruited to work at the VA, but also liked what he saw in Western Colorado. “It was kind of a gem out here.”

Before that, Case served for 10 years in the Army, including positions in Germany and Korea. He served as a forward area surgeon in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and received a Bronze Star.

He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

The son of a Navy surgeon who used to accompany his father on his rounds, Case says his father influenced his career choices. Case says he also wanted to work in a profession in which he could make a difference in people’s lives.

While Case initially offered general surgical services when he opened his practice in Grand Junction, he subsequently diversified the operation to also include vein care and aesthetic services.

In treating varicose veins and other conditions, Case says he uses an ultrasound and other techniques to determine the underlying causes. It’s not only a cosmetic issue, he says, but also could be a medical issue.

Valley Surgical also offers a range of aesthetic services, including skin care and facial and body contouring. Skin care services start with an evaluation and customized regimen of skin care products.

The overall goal, Case says, is to develop long-term relationships with patients and help them on an ongoing basis. “We’re not just procedure oriented. We’re patient oriented.”

While he brings to the practice his training and experience as a surgeon, Case says he seeks the least invasive techniques available to treat his patients. That matches the three things he says his patients want in great results, minimally invasive procedures and little or no downtime.

Technology has helped achieve those goals, he says.

Case cites as an example liposuction and what used to involve aggressive surgical techniques to remove excess fat deposits to improve the shape of a body.

The Smartlipo Triplex uses a laser to liquefy fat deposits, which are then suctioned away, he says.

The laser also can be used to deliver energy under the skin that increases collagen production for smoother skin.

Smartlipo Triplex can be used on the abdomen, legs, buttocks, arms, back and even the neck and chin, Case says.

The procedure can be completed in less than two hours and involves minimal downtime, he says.

A sensor turns off the laser when it’s not moving to reduce the risk of injury, Case says.

His training and experience as a surgeon also reduces risks, he says, because he can respond quickly if an emergency occurs.

Given a new and different kind of cutting edge in improving technology and techniques, less is more, Case says, in offering patients less invasive procedures with better results.

Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care operates offices at 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 4, in Grand Junction. For more information or an appointment, call 773-1946 or visit www.valleysurgicalcare.com.