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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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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 9, 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.

Gregory Snyder MD By Gregory Snyder March 28, 2019
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 29, 2019

Vein pain no walk in the park

Cindy Stone loved to be active — whether it was going for a walk, working in her garden or spending time with her grandchildren. But a dull ache in her right leg due to vein pain was starting to cramp her style.

August 23, 2018

Is there a simple treatment for varicose veins?

Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue. Learn about minimally invasive treatment options that can ease pain and discomfort while improving the look of your legs.

Tim Berkseth, M.D. By Timothy Berkseth June 15, 2018

A second chance after traumatic brain injury

Henry Gomez is grateful for second chances. After sustaining a near-fatal brain injury following a fall, he is preparing for return to college.

March 12, 2018

After back surgery, marathoner helps friend cross the finish line

Anyone who’s ever run competitively knows how rewarding it is to cross the finish line. Jacob Nash knows that thrilling feeling well. However, unlike other competitors, the 41-year-old marathoner crossed his last finish line within six months of having back surgery.

November 10, 2017

After breast cancer, simple tasks become extraordinary feats

At 31 years old with a young daughter and the natural inclination to go, go, go, slowing down was hard for Lindsey Bruns to imagine. However, Bruns, a business owner and Mankato resident, was forced to reduce her daily pace when she was hit with two major life events in 2016. She fell off her horse and broke her hip in May, and in June, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

June 13, 2017

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 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, she decided to see her primary care provider.

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