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General Surgery

Featuring full-time, dedicated surgeons who live and work in the area, Tri-County is dedicated to both excellence and safety in the operating room. Read on to find out more about general surgery at TCHC, or click to learn about our expanded minimally invasive surgery capabilities.

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A variety of surgeries are performed daily including general, laparoscopic minimally invasive, vein, obstetric, gynecological, orthopedic, podiatry, ENT and urological procedures. All surgeons provide evaluations, consultations and follow-up with their patients. If you need us, we will be here to care for you and your family.

Tri-County Health Care's talented and professional surgical staff is complete with certified registered nurse anesthetists and surgical nurses who are available for surgery 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Before you come in for a surgery, be sure to click here to learn some tips on how to prep for surgery.

Meet our dedicated providers below:
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Surgery: 218-631-7557

Procedures

Experienced, dedicated and ready to provide you with the care you need close to home, below is a comprehensive list of procedures performed at Tri-County Health Care each year:

Hernia Repair

  • Inguinal/femoral
  • Umbilical
  • Incisional/ventral/abdominal
  • Laparoscopic (inguinal/incisional/ventral/abdominal)

Breast Disease

Endocrine Surgery

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy

Excision Procedures

  • Lesions/masses with or without skin grafting

Hepatobiliary Surgery

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open cholecystectomy
  • Open & laparoscopic liver biopsy

Anti-Reflux Operations

  • Evaluation for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Open & laparoscopic nissen fundoplication

Obstetric/Gynecological Procedures

  • Cesarean section
  • Open & laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Open & laparoscopic ovarian procedures
  • Open & laparoscopic sterilizations
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Dilation and curettage
  • Endometrial ablation procedures
  • Bladder slings
  • Cystocele enterocele repair

Gastrointestinal & Colorectal Surgery

  • Open & laparoscopic gastrointestinal resections
  • Repair of perforated gastric ulcers
  • Repair of perforated bowel
  • Open & laparoscopic colon resections
  • Abdominoperineal resections (APR)
  • Laparoscopic & open appendectomy
  • Ano-rectal procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Fissures and fistulas
  • Pilonidal cystectomy

Endoscopy Procedures

  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Removal of foreign body of esophagus
  • Colonoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Pharyngoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy

ENT Procedures

  • Tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
  • Cauterization of post-op T/A bleeding
  • Incision & drainage of peritonsillar abscess
  • Pressure equalization (PE) tubes

Feeding Tubes

  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Gastrostomy tubes
  • Jejunostomy tubes

Musculoskeletal Procedures

  • Wound management/debridement
  • Minor and major limb amputations (lower extremity)
  • Complex laceration repairs

Venous Disease Management

  • Varicose vein procedures
  • Sclerotherapy
  • EndoVenous ablation procedures
  • Phlebectomy

Thoracic Surgery

  • Thoracentesis
  • Chest tube thoracostomy

Cardiac Pacemaker Insertion & Generator Changes

Portacath Placement


Surgical procedures are also performed at Tri-County by orthopedists, podiatrists, urologists & ENT specialists.

Visiting Surgical Specialists

Ears, Nose, Throat
Kurtis Waters, MD
Kurtis Waters, M.D.
Riverstone Professional Centre, Baxter

OphthalmologyMichelle Atchison, M.D.
Michelle Atchison, M.D.
Eye Consultants of Fargo, PLLC , Fargo, ND

Pathology
Greg Smith, M.D.
Greg Smith, M.D.
Fergus Falls Medical Group, Fergus Falls

Physiatry
James Andrews, MD
James Andrews, M.D.
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, Alexandria

Podiatry Annette Bartel, D.P.MAnnette Bartel, D.P.M.
Essentia Health, Brainerd

Podiatry
Kevin McCann, DPM
Kevin McCann, D.P.M.
St. Cloud Orthopedics, Sartell

Pulmonary/Sleep Study
Todd Greatens, MD
Todd Greatens, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Pulmonology, Brainerd

Anesthesia

Anesthesia services at Tri-County Health Care are provided by three certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and coverage is provided for all scheduled procedures and a 24-hour on-call basis. Anesthesia care is provided to patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Surgical anesthesia services include general, spinal and epidural anesthesia; various regional blocks; and monitored anesthesia care (MAC sedation).

In addition to surgical anesthesia, CRNAs provide:

  • Resuscitation care in trauma and cardiac/respiratory codes
  • MAC sedation for MRI/CT scans as needed (e.g., in case of claustrophobia)
  • MAC sedation/analgesia for selected ER procedures (e.g., in pediatrics and dislocated joints)
  • MAC sedation for upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy
  • Epidurals/Intrathecals for labor and delivery
  • PICC lines
  • Consultative services for pain management
  • Regional blocks for orthopedic cases
  • IV starts

Anesthesia care is provided in a safe and modern environment with state-of-the-art anesthesia machines and monitors. The newer BIS monitor is also available for monitoring the depth of anesthesia to assist in preventing recall under anesthesia. Each CRNA is certified bi-annually by the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists and maintains certification in adult and pediatric advanced cardiac life support and neonatal resuscitation.

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