Surgery at North Memorial Health – Robbinsdale Hospital

Surgery at North – Robbinsdale Hospital

Confident, capable, and patient-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.

  • 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.

    Surgery room at North Memorial Health Hospital and surgery team
  • 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.

    Surgeon performing a surgery at North Memorial Health Hospital
  • 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.

    North Memorial Health surgeon operating Davinci Xi


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.

You can receive a discounted coupon if you park in the ramp for the day of your surgery.


We offer:

  • Accommodations for bariatric patients
  • 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 patients.

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.


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.

Interpreter Services

We offer support options for deaf, hard of hearing, language assistance and translation services. These services are all free of charge and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for patients at North Memorial Health.

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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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