Surgery at North Memorial Health Hospital

Surgery at North Memorial Health Hospital

Confident, capable, and customer-focused: When life hands you complicated situations, we are at our best. From removing an appendix to reattaching a limb, we can immediately assemble an unbeatable team with the technology and expertise that can only come from a Level I Trauma Center.

Surgery room at North Memorial Health Hospital and surgery team

We solve complicated problems.

As a Level I Trauma Center, we handle the most emergent and acute cases—providing truly excellent care with unmatched customer service, too.

Surgeon performing a surgery at North Memorial Health Hospital

We're ready for anything and anyone.

From age 0 to 110, we have the right experts ready to handle the surgical procedure you need—anytime.

North Memorial Health surgeon operating Davinci Xi

We're masters of robotic surgery.

We believe in the power of minimally invasive robotic surgery. Two surgical suites are dedicated to robotics, and we're training the next generation of surgeons.

Prep

You’ll receive prep information from your care team. You’ll also get a phone call from our admitting department to pre-register for your surgery, where we’ll gather the details to get you set up and ready to go. Within the week leading up to your surgery, a nurse will call you to go over your medical history, let you know what to expect, and give you a chance to ask any remaining questions you may have.

Parking and Check-In Details

When you enter the hospital on the main (plaza) level, walk to the set of elevators behind the information desk. Take the elevators to the first floor. On your left will be the Patient Care Center, which is where you get registered and loved ones can settle in to the family waiting area.

We offer valet parking. You can also receive a a discounted coupon if you park in the ramp for the day of your surgery.

Amenities

We offer:

  • Accommodations for bariatric customers
  • Phone chargers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A coffee room with free coffee for those waiting
  • Cafeteria
  • Gift shop
  • Vending machines

We strive to keep in clear communication with loved ones as you are in surgery. They are able to sign up for our texting program, which sends out periodic messages about your status directly to their phones. We also have someone at the front desk to answer questions, pager options, and a status board.

If you are coming from out of town or anticipate a lengthy stay, your loved ones may be able to book a room in our North Lodge. We also work with local hotels to get a discount for our customers.

Day-Of Contact

If you have questions about your surgery the day of, while you’re on your way, or need to reach the Patient Care Center for any reason, call 763-581-3790.

Anesthesia

One of the biggest questions you may have about your surgery is regarding anesthesia. You may be wondering  what kind of anesthesia you will receive and how your pain and anesthesia will be managed.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the options for anesthesia with your anesthesiologist before surgery.  Additionally, you will meet your anesthesia care team on the day of your procedure and will be able to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at that time.  The anesthesia care team will balance your individual health and need for surgical anesthesia, in conjunction with your surgeon, to determine the safest possible choice.  They will make recommendations and partner with you to plan your anesthetic.  Your overall comfort is a priority for the team.

At North Memorial Health, we provide anesthesia through an anesthesia care team model meaning you will have a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and an anesthesiologist who work together to ensure the best outcomes.  Whether you are aware of it or not, you will always have an anesthesia care provider present from prior to your procedure until you are safely transitioned to postoperative care.

Types of Anesthesia

For each type of anesthesia, there are side effects, risks and benefits.  These will be explained to you and you should discuss them thoroughly with your anesthesia care team prior to you procedure.

Local Anesthesia
You’re alert, awake, and feeling completely aware. We numb a small area of your body to provide a service, such as stitches, and it wears off after we finish the procedure.  In the case, you will work exclusively with your surgeon to keep you comfortable and will not involve the anesthesia care team.

Regional Anesthesia
This is a popular choice for some childbirths, because it numbs the lower half of your body, but you are awake and aware of what’s happening. This can also be used for some arm and leg procedures.  Sedation may be administered in addition to keep you comfortable during your procedure.

IV/Monitored Sedation
This type of sedation is used for shorter procedures, such as colonoscopies. Your level of alertness and awareness can range from quite aware to drowsy to not remembering the procedure at all, depending on your needs and desires.  You awaken quickly after the medicine is stopped.

General Anesthesia
This is when IV and inhaled medication is used for major surgeries and surgeries that would not otherwise be possible if you were awake.  You may have a breathing tube for this type of anesthesia. The anesthesia care team will monitor your vital signs throughout your procedure and then reverse the medication once your procedure is complete.  They will continue to watch you as you wake up.

                                      

Surgical Options

Bariatric Surgery

For those who qualify for bariatric surgery, weight loss is not just about the numbers on the scale or the size of their jeans. Significant weight loss can help reduce the risk of further health conditions or help them manage ones they already have. For that, we offer minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgeries.

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Specialists in General Surgery

We treat a variety of conditions, diseases, and disorders, from breast cancer and colon disease, to hernias and spleen disorders.

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Cardiovascular Surgery

Offering a full array of surgeries for both minimally invasive and open procedures.

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Colon Rectal Surgery

Professional, private, dignified care. From hemorrhoids to complex colon cancer, we can treat your condition. We offer a full spectrum of surgery types, from open surgery to laparoscopic surgery to robotic surgeries.

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Specialists in General Surgery

We treat a variety of conditions, diseases, and disorders, from breast cancer and colon disease, to hernias and spleen disorders.

Voyage Healthcare

Voyage Healthcare, formally known as North Clinic, is an independently owned, multi-specialty practice. Voyage Healthcare provides the positive healthcare experience you deserve through every stage of life. Locations are located in the northwest metro.

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery

Ear, nose and throat procedures with experienced professionals and high-tech vision. Our experienced surgeons handle a full spectrum of ear, nose and throat surgeries, ranging from the simple to complex cases, and from children to adults.

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Oakdale Ear, Nose & Throat

Oakdale Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic is committed to your health and well being, treating allergies, hearing loss, sinus disorders - and many other ENT conditions.

Gastroenterology Procedures

Providing endoscopic procedures for diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions. Our experienced, devoted team members make your procedures as seamless as possible from start to finish.

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Minnesota Gastroenterology

Minnesota Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with GI disorders and has several convenient outpatient endoscopy centers and clinics.

General Surgery

We offer a wide range of surgery options for your neck and torso, including laparoscopic and robotic options. Our minimally invasive techniques have shortened hospital stays and recovery times.

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University of MN Physicians

The clinics of the University of Minnesota Physicians provide a full range of services in general family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dentistry, chronic and acute conditions, and social services.

Specialists in General Surgery

We treat a variety of conditions, diseases, and disorders, from breast cancer and colon disease, to hernias and spleen disorders.

Neurosurgery

North Memorial Health Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center featuring highly experienced neurosurgery staff and leading techniques and technology. We provide elective, emergency and trauma surgeries.

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Kim Neurosurgery

Kim Neurosurgery finds joy in providing the best contemporary neurosurgical service with respect and clarity.

Metropolitan Neurosurgery, PA

Providers specializing in neurosurgical care of the brain, spine, and spinal cord on both a scheduled and emergency basis.

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Obstetrics & Gynecological Surgery

We provide expert care for every phase of a woman's reproductive life, with open, laser, laparoscopic and robotic surgical options.

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Voyage Healthcare

Voyage Healthcare, formally known as North Clinic, is an independently owned, multi-specialty practice. Voyage Healthcare provides the positive healthcare experience you deserve through every stage of life. Locations are located in the northwest metro.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Complex, radical surgeries performed by a world-renowned team. Our surgeons, Dr. Kademani and Dr. Patel, are known throughout the nation by both customers and colleagues for their exacting work and compassionate care when it comes to oral and throat cancers, salivary gland disease, and facial reconstruction, among other complex head and neck surgeries.

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Orthopedics & Joint Surgery

We provide the most advanced treatments for orthopedic conditions, including anterior minimally invasive total hip replacement.

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Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics provides comprehensive orthopedic specialty care at over 30 convenient clinics in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

We provide it all, from same-day cosmetic procedures to complex reconstructions.

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TK Plastic Surgery LLC

Kayan Plastic Surgery is robust plastic surgery practice doing cosmetic breast and body procedures, fat grafting, breast reconstruction and gender confirmation surgery.

Harrington Plastic Surgery PA

Well-known as one of the best female plastic surgeons in the region, Dr. Harrington brings the highest standards of medical excellence to procedures of the breast, body and face.

Mesna Plastic Surgery

Mesna Plastic Surgery offers a broad range of surgical options, minimally invasive treatments, and nonsurgical treatments for cosmetic enhancement of the face, body, breasts and skin.

SP Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peng is trained in aesthetic surgery, hand surgery, and reconstruction of wounds related to cancer and trauma to restore form, function, and beauty to each patient.

McCue Plastic Surgery PA

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan McCue, M.D., is available for both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to patients in the entire Twin Cities metro area.

Twin Cities Plastic Surgery

Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz has expertise performing a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, serving the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas for over 30 years.

Podiatric Surgery

Surgery to correct bone and joint conditions and alleviate pain and impairment.

Thoracic Surgery

Our robotic technology is revolutionizing the way we handle lung surgery, among other conditions.

Urologic Surgery

When it comes to urology, everything you need is here. Our board-certified surgeons perform a variety of surgeries with lasers, sound waves, robots and other techniques and work with interdisciplinary teams wherever needed.

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Minnesota Urology PA

Minnesota Urology is a center of excellence for men and women, with 31 clinic locations serving patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul and areas throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Vascular Surgery

The Board-certified, fellowship trained vascular surgeons of Minneapolis Vascular Physicians are experts in both open surgical and minimally invasive procedures to repair arteries and veins. We're well known as a top trauma center for vascular injuries as well as a leader in endovascular therapy for aortic aneurysms and carotid stenosis.

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Minneapolis Vascular Physicians

Minneapolis Vascular Physicians are experts in vascular care, dedicated to providing high-quality, timely and compassionate care to improve the lives of our patients.