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General surgery

Our team of board-certified surgeons is recognized as a national leader in general surgery.

We use the latest surgical technologies and lead the way in innovative, minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic incisionless esophageal and gastric surgery and procedures using robotics.

Our surgeons work closely with you to choose the best, most affordable surgery to treat your condition. We offer many choices in minimally invasive procedures so you can recover faster.

General surgery is a medical specialty that focuses on conditions of the esophagus, stomach, breasts, endocrine system, colon, pancreas, rectum, skin and soft tissue that require surgery. The doctors who specialize in performing these surgeries are called general surgeons.

Our board-certified general surgeons are experts in performing a wide range of surgeries from the common to most complex. We lead the way in many innovative surgical techniques, including endoscopic esophageal and gastric surgical procedures that don’t require any incisions. No matter what your condition is, we choose the most minimally invasive procedure possible to minimize recovery time. Our general surgeons perform surgeries at our outpatient surgery centers and hospitals and work with you to choose the most comfortable, affordable location.

Our general surgeons work closely with our anesthesiologists, nurses, physician's assistants and specialists to make sure you get the skilled, compassionate care you need every step of the way.

Common surgeries we perform

We perform a variety of surgeries, both required and elective. Some of the surgeries we commonly perform include:

  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Appendectomies
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Biliary pancreatic surgery
  • Biopsy surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Cancer surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Endocrine surgery – adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid
  • Esophageal and gastric surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Melanoma surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Ostomies
  • Skin and soft tissue surgery

If you were referred to a surgeon or if you are interested in an elective surgery, your first step is to schedule a consultation.

What to expect during a consultation

Before you have any kind of surgery, you will always have a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons. During your consultation, we’ll work with you to choose the best type of surgery for your condition. We’ll also discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used during your procedure.

We’re here to answer all your questions about what to expect before, during and after the procedure from preparing to surgery to understanding costs. Then, we’ll pick a date for your surgery and help you get it scheduled.

We provide surgery consultations at many locations throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin.

Modern and innovative surgery locations

While we do perform many surgeries in our hospitals, your surgery won’t always take place there. Whenever possible, we schedule surgeries at our outpatient surgery centers. Our team will work with you to determine the best location for your procedure and answer any questions you have.

We can perform surgery at a number of our locations including:

Our clinics

Very minor procedures may be done at one of our clinics. If your minor procedure is able to be done at one of our clinics, this will be decided during your initial clinic visit. If your procedure is performed in a clinic, you’ll be able to return home immediately after your appointment.

With many different clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, you can choose from many convenient locations, close to home. We’ll talk to you about whether a clinic is the best place for your procedure.

Our outpatient surgery centers

Our outpatient surgery centers were designed with the same innovative technology as our operating rooms so you can get the same expert surgery without needing to stay overnight. Outpatient surgery centers, sometimes called same-day surgery centers or ambulatory surgery centers, are best for laparoscopic surgeries and less invasive surgeries like hernia repair, gallbladder removals and appendectomies.

Getting surgery at an outpatient surgery center is often more comfortable and affordable than a traditional hospital operating room experience. You’ll be able to leave the center the same day as your surgery and recover at home. Our outpatient surgery centers are located in St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Maple Grove.

Our hospitals

For more complex procedures our general surgeons will take care of you at one of our hospitals. We have state-of-the-art operating rooms at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

After a surgery at one of our hospitals, you’ll recover in one of our patient recovery rooms. Our dedicated nurses are available 24/7 to make sure you’re comfortable during your recovery, and you’ll have easy access to any rehabilitation services if needed.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

No, the consultation is a meeting with your surgeon to discuss your surgery. Our surgeons will help you schedule your surgery for a later date during the consultation. We will also go over how to prepare for surgery during your consultation.

Your recovery time depends on what kind of surgery you have. During your consultation, we’ll let you know what to expect during your recovery time. Our surgeons will also let you know what supplies and care you might need during your recovery to help you feel better faster.

You do not need a referral to be seen with one of our specialists. Often a patient has been seen by their primary care doctor or specialist and referred to a general surgeon.

If you’ve been referred to a general surgeon, you can schedule a consultation online or choose a location to call to schedule.

If you’re accompanying a friend or family member to their surgery, we know waiting for them during surgery can be stressful. We provide a status board so you can track their progress. You’ll see if they’re preparing for surgery, in surgery or if they moved to recovery just by checking the board.

We also want to make you as comfortable as possible while you wait, so we provide free Wi-Fi, coffee and a comfortable setting. We will also give you a pager so that you can feel free to move around the building and know right away if the doctor is ready to talk to you.

General anesthesia puts you in a sleep-like state so you’re comfortable during your surgery. An anesthesiologist, a doctor who specializes in administering anesthesia, will use a combination of intravenous and inhaled medicines that turn off your brain’s response to pain signals.

General anesthesia is used during most major surgeries. Our general surgeons will tell you if general anesthesia will be used during your procedure, answer your questions about general anesthesia and let you know how to prepare for surgery.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.

Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

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