General surgeons perform consultation and surgery for a broad range of medical conditions and body systems including the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.
Winneshiek Medical Center surgeons within many specialties opt for minimally invasive surgery (sometimes called laparoscopic surgery) if possible, which involves the use of specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors. Using less invasive techniques, surgery can be performed through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close.
For patients, minimally invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller surgical scars and less need for pain medication. Patients leave the hospital sooner after minimally invasive surgery and return to normal activities sooner than with conventional open surgery.