The Surgery Department at Windom Area Health performs inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures.

The Surgical Department's vision is to provide comprehensive care to all patients utilizing the wide variety of specialty services that are available at Windom Area Health. A large variety of specialty services are utilized in this area including: Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Ophthalmology.

For more information, contact Surgical Services at 507-831-0652.

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Surgery and Scope Procedures

Common surgical procedures and preventative scope screenings performed at Windom Area Health include:

Colonoscopy

A scope procedure that examines the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract (colon or large intestine) to search for polyps, cancer, or other diseases.

Gastroscopy

A scope procedure that examines the upper digestive tract, traveling down the food pipe, the stomach, and the first part of the small intestine to help identify conditions such as gastritis or peptic ulcers.

Arthroscopic Knee Repair

A minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to see inside your joint to repair some types of joint damage without making a large incision.

Some problems that are corrected with this type of procedure are ACL or meniscus tears.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair

A minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to see inside your joint to repair some types of joint damage without making a large incision.

Some problems that are corrected with this type of procedure are shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tears.

Total Joint Replacements

A surgical procedure to replace a damaged joint with an artificial joint made of metal, plastic, or a ceramic device, called a prosthesis.

If you are planning to have a Total Hip or Knee Replacement at Windom Area Health, you will go through Total Joint Camp.

Total Joint Camps are held to help aid in the uncertainties of total joint replacement surgery, supplying information from departments such as Billing, Infection Prevention, Surgery, Nursing and Rehabilitation. Each department has a scheduled time to meet with future joint recipients and explain what to expect, from pre-op, surgery, discharge, post-op therapy and answer any questions.

Carpal Tunnel

A surgical procedure to release pressure on the median nerve to release the symptoms of carpal tunnel.

Trigger Finger

This is a surgical procedure to increase the space for the flexor tendon to move with the goal of making it easier to bend and straighten the finger.

C-Sections

This procedure is used to deliver a baby through an incision made in the mother's abdomen, often performed because vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.

Laparoscopic Procedures

This is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows the surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incisions.

Common issues a Laparoscopic Procedure can help identify are hernias, appendicitis, and intestinal blockages.

Gallbladder Removal

This is a very common procedure to remove the gallbladder.

Gallbladder removal is a common treatment for gallstones.

Cataracts

This is commonly performed procedure to remove a cloudy lens that is causing vision problems and replacing it with a new artificial lens.

Excision of Lesions & Tumors

Also known as as shave excision, this procedure is a treatment that surgically removes skin lesions and tumors.

Urology Procedures

Urology Services at Windom Area Health are able to perform various types of procedures, such as:

  • Cystoscopy: a procedure to look inside the bladder
  • Lithotripsy: a procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney and parts of the ureter
  • Circumcision
  • Vasectomy

Foot Treatments

  • Bunionectomy: a procedure to reduce the pain and correct the deformity caused by a bunion
  • Fracture repair
  • Hammer Toe repair
  • Neuroma Surgery: a procedure to remove the affected nerve

Hernia

A surgical procedure to push a hernia back into place, tie it off, or remove it.

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