Surgical Care Focused on You
If you need surgery, we’re here for you. Choose Sanford Health to work with surgeons who have safety and recovery rates among the best in the nation. You’ll get excellent surgical care from experts dedicated to your recovery.
We have leading specialists using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Because we are an integrated health system, our surgeons can contact specialists like radiologists and pathologists before and even during procedures. By tapping into this system, we can get questions answered quickly and eliminate the need for additional surgeries.
Your Surgical Needs
We’ll work with you to find the right treatment option for your condition and lifestyle. In many cases, we can meet you where you’re at. Learn how having surgery close to home helped this patient.
Our outpatient care minimizes your need to stay overnight in the hospital after an operation. As technology advances, more and more surgeries can be done in one day. Same day options make it so you can come in the morning, have your procedure and likely leave at the end of the day.
We also have specialists ready to help if you ever need urgent or emergency surgery.
Access to Advanced Procedures
Whenever possible, our surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. With these techniques, a surgeon makes a few smaller incisions instead of one large one to operate. They use a long flexible tube with a light and camera for greater accuracy during the procedure.
Robotic surgery is a popular type of minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons use a robotic system to operate from a computer console. They get a magnified and 3D view of the working space and control the instruments.
Both of these surgical techniques offer many benefits to patients. Patients who have robotic or minimally invasive surgery recover faster with less pain and scarring. They also tend to have a shorter hospital stay. Talk to your doctor to see if you’re eligible for these options.
Before Your Surgery
It’s important to be a well-informed patient. Make sure you understand the procedure, its risks and your other treatment options. Write down any questions you have and bring them to your appointment. You can find sample questions here.
If you choose our surgical care, our specialists will tell you what you need to do before the operation. You may need to stop taking certain medications or go without food and drink for a certain amount of time.
After Your Procedure
You should not drive after surgery since anesthesia can slow your reflexes and affect your coordination. You will need to have someone available to drive you home after your discharge. Talk to your doctor about when you can resume your usual activities. This discussion will be a part of your discharge plan. Your discharge plan will include instructions on how to take care of yourself at home.