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Surgery

Having surgery is a major event in your life. We know this and make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible, focusing on you as an individual. Our surgeons and staff work as a coordinated team treating a wide variety of illnesses ranging from simple to complex. We offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and service to every patient.

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What you should know about minimally invasive surgery

A lot has changed in surgical practices in the last 30 years with the biggest advancements in minimally invasive techniques. If you are facing the prospect of surgery, here's what you should know.

Hyun Kim MD By Hyun Kim January 26, 2021

Quick action saves women after accidental shooting

Rachel Hershman was only four blocks from the hospital when she was hit by a stray bullet. Months later, she is thankful for the quick, expert emergency care she received.

January 13, 2021

Why Jim Benjamin is grateful for popcorn

Jim found a reason to be grateful in each step of his unexpected path to Mayo Clinic Health System and a better option to recover from kidney cancer surgery. And at the top of his list is popcorn.

December 10, 2020

Surgery safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how surgery is approached. Learn about safety precautions used in hospitals, and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

December 2, 2020

Surgical options to remove breast cancer

Surgery often is part of breast cancer treatment plans. Learn about the two main surgical procedures and the reasons why your surgeon may recommend one options over the other for you.

M Kathleen Christian MD By M. Kathleen Christian October 27, 2020

6 varicose vein myths debunked

Many people think they know why varicose veins develop, who is most at risk or the best way to treat them. Here's the truth behind 6 common varicose vein myths.

Kendra Kamlitz MD By Kendra Kamlitz September 1, 2020

Breast cancer diagnosis leads to surprising discovery

Mary Klimp remembers the exact moment her life changed. It was when she received a call with the news that she had breast cancer. Then she made a surprising discovery.

November 22, 2019

Treatment options for inguinal hernia repair

An inguinal hernia isn't necessarily dangerous, but it doesn't improve on its own and can lead to life-threatening complications. Learn about the two general types of treatment options for this common condition.

Christopher Johnson, M.D. By Christopher Johnson October 30, 2019

Waseca man walking tall after spinal surgery

Gyles Randall's troubles started more than 10 years ago with nerve pain through his waist, buttocks, legs, calves and ankles, which he lived with for years until he couldn’t ignore the pain any longer. Like many patients with radiating leg pain, Randall was surprised to be referred to a neurosurgeon. But that referral has made a world of difference for the Waseca man.

April 10, 2019

Get a leg up on summer with relief for varicose veins

Spring is just around the corner, and with the warmer weather comes the desire to wear shorts and show off your legs. Every year at this time, we see an increase in visits for people who are finally fed up with their painful and unsightly varicose veins.

Andrew Chow MD By Andrew Chow March 28, 2019

Robotic surgery shortens recovery time for patients

Since 2011, thousands of Mayo Clinic Health System patients who have undergone robotic hysterectomies or prostate procedures have experienced a much shorter healing time due to the technology. Now, as robotic procedures have moved into general surgery, more patients are experiencing the benefits of robotic surgery for hernia procedures.

March 27, 2019

Woman gets life back after unexpected hydrocephalus diagnosis

Dorothy Sorlie's decreased mobility was blamed on arthritis and a right foot which needed surgery. Determined to find the root cause, a CT scan was ordered, which showed something more serious.

January 30, 2019