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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.

In The News

Mayo Clinic investing $65 million in Mankato hospital to better serve surgical patients

New space will improve patient experience, access to high-quality care.

February 24, 2017

From The Blog

Eau Claire man survives accident, exceeds expectations

Dylan Walling, was riding his motorcycle on State Highway 93 en route to his grandmother’s house in Eleva when the unimaginable occurred.

April 5, 2017

College professor beats breast cancer with hometown team

Polly Browne, 54, a North Mankato, Minnesota resident and elementary education professor at Mankato-based Bethany Lutheran College, didn’t have symptoms, but she knew something wasn’t quite right with one of her breasts. An otherwise healthy person who had not long ago received a normal mammography report, Browne decided she needed to see her primary provider, Susan Laabs, M.D., Family Medicine.

January 16, 2017

Chance discovery leads to baby’s successful surgery

Mandy and Tyler Leopold, of Austin, Minn., adopted Elliana at birth. She was born May 3, 2013, and her infancy was completely normal until 16 months.

August 16, 2016

Performing more than 400 minimally invasive heart valve repair surgeries

I have spoken to many cardiac valve patients that have said they are afraid of having an open surgical sternotomy. They say it is a powerful reason to put off surgery when they are told about the many months of a painful recovery, respiratory compromise and the possibility of an infected large wound. But now, there are options.

Robert Wiechmann MD By Robert Wiechmann August 12, 2016

Small town, big results: Spine surgery brings relief to Austin accountant and mother

Patricia Kroymann was unloading her dishwasher on a normal Saturday when she suddenly felt excruciating pain in her back and legs.  “I knew right away something wasn’t right. I thought maybe it was a muscle spasm,” says Kroymann. “I thought with Tylenol and rest it would get better.”

August 1, 2016

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery

Medical advances have allowed for the development of minimally invasive heart surgery, an umbrella term for a number of procedures that have been developed to decrease pain and the amount of time needed for recovery, with less blood loss, a lower risk of infection and smaller scars.

Gloria Krueger, P.A.-C. By Gloria Krueger July 19, 2016

Multiple benefits to minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive operating techniques have had a tremendous impact on surgery since the 1990s. This advancement in surgical technique is leading to an improvement in the quality of life for patients undergoing surgical interventions.

Hyun Kim MD By Hyun Kim September 29, 2015

What is plastic surgery?

When you think of plastic surgery, what comes to mind? Is it high-priced procedures in Beverly Hills to make movie stars more glamorous? Plastic surgery is actually a very broad field that not only includes cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, but also hand and wrist surgery, surgical reconstruction and nonsurgical procedures.

Albert Harris MD By Albert Harris June 23, 2015

Minimally invasive procedure for varicose veins

If you struggle with swollen, gnarled veins that appear blue, and cause throbbing pain and heavy, tired legs, then you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience similar pain due to varicose veins. Learn more about one particular solution.

Chris Kasal By Christopher Kasal March 20, 2015

Could your leg pain be varicose veins?

If you’ve been feeling an achy, heavy feeling or a burning sensation in your legs, it may be symptoms of varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often develop as we age. When we get older, it can be more difficult for our blood to circulate properly.

Christopher Huiras MD By Christopher Huiras March 6, 2015

Connection with Mayo Clinic provides comfort and smooth transition

After three helicopter rides and multiple surgeries, Bob Boehmer needed just the type of hope and healing Lake City offers through the Mayo Clinic Transitional Care program.

March 4, 2015