Surgery at Fairview Southdale Hospital

Surgery to suit your needs

Patients who choose Fairview Southdale Hospital for surgery do so for a variety of reasons. Whether it be for chronic knee pain, a serious heart issue or because of a traffic accident, our patients know they are getting the best possible care.

Fairview Southdale Hospital’s full-service surgery center features 27 state-of-the-art surgical suites. More than 200 surgeons in wide-ranging specialties perform over 22,000 surgeries here annually. Our surgeons use minimally-invasive technologies allowing patients to experience less trauma, require fewer medications and have smaller surgical scars.

Robot-assisted surgery
Together with its physician partners, Fairview Southdale Hospital now offers the da Vinci® Surgical System , a sophisticated robot that helps physicians perform surgeries for delicate and complex conditions that include heart disease, cancer and obesity. Surgeons perform surgery using a magnified, three-dimensional view through small surgical incisions.

Robot-assisted surgeries offer patients many advantages, including a faster recovery, shorter length of hospital stay and less pain. Other advantages include minimal scarring, less risk of infection and a faster return to normal activities.

The daVinci robot system helps physicians at Fairview Southdale Hospital perform:
•Surgery for prostate cancer
•General urologic procedures
•Gynecologic surgeries
•Heart procedures
•Complex abdominal surgery
•Thoracic surgery
•Other general surgery applications, such as gastric bypass surgery

Same day surgery

Advances in medical technology and surgical procedures allow more surgeries to be performed on an outpatient basis. Now, instead of recovering in a hospital bed, surgical patients can leave after their surgery and recover in the comfort of their own homes. 
Types of surgeries we perform same day
From minor procedures using the latest in laser technology to cancer radiation therapies to orthopedic scopes, the Same Day Surgery Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital helps our patients get in and out in only a few hours, back to their lives. We specialize in:
  • Sports surgery
  • Eye surgery
  • LASIK and iLASIK vision correction
  • Cancer treatments
  • Biopsies
  • Shoulder repair
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Hernia

With the ability to schedule surgeries late into the evening and even on weekends, your options for same day surgery are unlimited. Our new orthopedic trauma rooms allow orthopedic surgeons to schedule emergency and unexpected cases the same day, getting you back on the road to recovery faster. Family members and visitors are welcomed in our spacious waiting rooms and provided updates by our nursing staff and physicians before, during and after the procedures.

Pre-surgery information for patients
Patients preparing for surgery are encouraged to download and review our surgery information packet for patients.

Surgery Information Packet (PDF)

Conditions we treat

  • Back and spine conditions
  • Cancer
  • Breast removal (mastectomy) and reconstruction
  • Colon
  • Gallstones, kidney stones
  • Hand conditions
  • Hernia, including sports hernia
  • Hysterectomy
  • Knee, hip and ankle conditions and injuries
  • Shoulder conditions and injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vascular diseases, including varicose veins

Our minimally- invasive surgery benefits patients in many ways: less trauma, fewer medications and smaller surgical scars means that patients go home more quickly and get back to everyday activities sooner. Many surgeries can be done using these minimally-invasive technologies.

Programs and services

  • Cardiac (heart)
  • Colon and Rectal
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Gastroenterology
  • General
  • Hand
  • Maxillofacial and oral
  • Minimally-invasive
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Orthopedic and sports surgery
  • Oncology (cancer)
  • Ophthalmology (eye)
  • Pediatric
  • Plastic and reconstructive
  • Podiatric (foot and ankle)
  • Robotic surgery
  • Spine
  • Thoracic
  • Urologic
  • Vascular (artery and vein)

The Eye Care Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital provides complete surgical options for eyes. We offer compassionate and superior surgical care while providing excellent customer service.

Eye disease comes in various forms and the chance of overcoming it or preventing further loss of vision depends on the accuracy of initial diagnosis. Our referring physicians, surgeons and Eye Care Center staff see people with routine to complex disorders, making us experts in all forms of eye care.

Fairview Southdale Hospital is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. These designations recognize centers that have demonstrated value and quality in providing comprehensive services for knee and hip replacement as well as for spine surgery.

Fairview Southdale Hospital's urologists and surgeons treat all types of urology issues with traditional and minimally-invasive techniques. Some of our surgeons use the daVinci Surgical Robot to treat prostate cancer and other urological problems.

The Weight Loss Clinic at Fairview Southdale Hospital offers two types of weight loss surgery options. For more information, visit our Weight Loss Clinic page

Care team

Our Providers Make the Difference
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