940 Central Park Dr., Suite 200, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

About Us

Allen Belshaw, MD, FACS
General Surgeon

25 Years of Experience

Dr. Allen Belshaw is a Board Certified General Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has been serving Northwestern Colorado since 1998. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the University of Utah.


We Provide
Comprehensive Surgical Care Including:

Hernia evaluation and repair

Including laparoscopic, open and robotic surgery

Colon surgery

Colonoscopy, colon cancer, hemorrhoids and other abdominal surgeries
Nervous about getting a colonoscopy?

Breast surgery

Breast masses, cancer, in conjunction with oncology, plastics and reconstructive surgeons

Gallbladder disease


Venous access and palliative procedures

Port and hickman placement and removal, gastric feeding tubes

Skin Cancer

Melanoma, other skin cancers and benign lesions

Lipoma removal and evaluation

Trauma and acute care

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to answer all your questions

Call our office, 970-870-9240, and we would be happy to help or point you in the right direction.
We do not require a referral to be seen at Western Surgical. However, some insurance plans require a referral to see a specialist. You can call your plan and ask.
The following forms will need to be completed prior to your surgery. You can complete them at home and bring them with you to your appointment. Or, you can complete these in our office (please, arrive 15 minutes early).
We pride ourselves on being able to provide timely care to our community, usually within a week or sooner.
We accept most major health plans.
Please call the office, 970-870-9240, with specific cost questions and we will guide you.

A nurse from the hospital will call you a few days in advance to go over the time of your procedure and any details you may need to know. 

An EGD, which stand for esophagogastroduodenoscopy, is a diagnostic procedure that examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. The test involves passing an endoscope down your throat and along the length of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Yes. You will get a hospital bill from UCHealth, a bill from Western Surgical Group (Dr. Belshaw), and a bill from Elk River Anesthesia.

Preparing for surgery involves several steps to ensure everything goes smoothly:

  • Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions: Your surgeon or healthcare provider will provide specific instructions such as fasting requirements, medications to avoid, and any necessary tests or evaluations.
  • Arrange Transportation: Ensure you have someone available to drive you to and from the surgery.
  • Plan for Recovery: Set up a comfortable recovery space at home with necessary supplies such as medications, bandages, and comfortable clothing.
  • Follow Dietary Guidelines: Adhere to any dietary restrictions provided by your healthcare provider to minimize complications during and after surgery.
  • Communicate Medications: Inform your healthcare provider about any medications, supplements, or allergies you have to prevent any adverse reactions.
  • Mentally Prepare: Stay calm and mentally prepare yourself for the surgery. Understand the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes.
  • Arrange Support: Enlist the help of friends or family members to assist you with daily tasks during your recovery period.
  • Stay Informed: Ask any questions you may have about the procedure or recovery process to ensure you feel fully informed and prepared.
  • Follow Post-Surgery Instructions: After surgery, carefully follow all post-operative instructions provided by your healthcare provider to promote healing and minimize complications.

We can’t overstate the importance of a thorough colonoscopy prep. A proper clean-out ensures that your colon is evaluated in the best possible way. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the preparation, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 970-870-9240. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and are happy to address any of your questions or concerns.

Dulcolax and Miralax are both over the counter and do not need a prescription. You will be able to find them at any pharmacy. If you have trouble, ask the pharmacist to point you in the right direction. 

The following are our suggested supplies for rectal surgical aftercare:

  • Mineral Oil – 5cc’s by mouth three times daily for 3 days
  • Colace – 100mg by mouth twice daily for 5 days
  • Metamucil – 2 heaping teaspoons by mouth twice daily with significant amounts of water until your follow-up appointment
  • Perineal cold pack – these can be found at Walgreens or Amazon.

Please call the office for any questions about your procedure, 970-870-9240.


Our patients are Happy & Healthy

The care I received has not only saved my life but has allowed me to return to a fully functional, happy, retiree that now teaches the game of Pickleball. I am forever eternally grateful to Dr. Belshaw and his staff.
Barbara R.
I am thankful that he was the doctor on call that night! I’m also extremely grateful to his office manager for her professional, caring and responsive manner.
Jan T.

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