Surgery services at Fairview Range Medical Center

With over 55 physicians, Fairview Range Medical Center has the largest surgical staff on the Iron Range. We offer a variety of surgical services in the following areas:

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology) 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 
  • Orthopedics 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • General Surgery 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Podiatry 
  • Oral Surgery 

The surgeons at Fairview Mesaba Clinics join our other surgical specialists on staff at Fairview Range Medical Center to provide you with the most comprehensive surgical care on the Iron Range.

We are the largest medical center on the Iron Range and are dedicated to providing the area’s most advanced surgical care. Our team of surgical professionals provide you with the most coordinated care plan to support your individual health care needs, whether you’re undergoing an inpatient or outpatient procedure.

If you are scheduled to have a surgical or diagnostic procedure at Fairview Range Medical Center, please review our surgery handbook and follow its guidelines.

After you have read the handbook, call the Surgery Patient Education Nurse at Fairview Range Medical Center. Telephone 218-362-6709 or toll free 1-888-870-8626.

Pre-operative Unit

What should I expect during the few hours before my surgery?
On the day of surgery, you may be asked to arrive several hours before your procedure is scheduled to begin. This allows the staff to complete any tests that cannot be performed until the day of surgery. You will be taken into an area where you will be asked to remove all of your clothing and jewelry, and you will be given a hospital gown. This is called the Same Day Surgery unit. The staff will help secure your belongings, or have you give them to your family for safekeeping.

You may then wait on a stretcher. A nurse may have you sign any necessary paperwork. He or she will take vital signs, do a nursing assessment, review your medications and the time you took them, and answer any questions you may have. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your hand or arm. The purpose of the IV is to provide fluid and medications during the operation.

Will I be able to talk to my anesthesiologist before surgery?
Yes. You will meet your anesthesia provider, and other members of the team, before you go into the operating room. The anesthesia provider will examine you, review your medical and anesthesia history, and review the results of any tests you may have had done. The anesthesiologist will explain to you the type of anesthesia you will get, and will answer any further questions you may have. Depending on your health, the type of surgery you will be having, and your personal wishes, the anesthesia provider and your surgeon will determine the type of anesthetic that is best for you.

Will I get to speak with my surgeon?
Yes. Your surgeon will visit you before starting the surgery to ask you if you have any last minute questions and will use a special pen to mark the correct surgery site.

How does the staff keep me safe?
The operating room nurse will verify several pieces of information: your identity, any allergies, your surgeon, the surgical procedure, and the surgical site before moving you into the operating room. All team members will be communicating specific information about your clinical status, including your current condition and recent treatments. This communication is designed to ensure your safety.

After I am checked in, how long do I wait for surgery?
Unavoidable delays may occur when a hospital emergency case is put ahead of yours, or if a patient before you has surgery that lasts longer than planned. It’s never easy to wait, so try to distract yourself by reading, watching television, or using relaxation techniques. If there is a delay, your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Main Operating Room

This is where a team of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), registered nurses (RNs), and certified surgical technologists anesthetizes the patient, properly positions the patient for the scheduled surgery, prepares the surgical site, and assists the surgeon in completion of the surgical procedure.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

The Recovery Room is where you will receive care after surgery.

You can expect to stay in the recovery room at least 30 minutes to one hour. In order to give you the necessary care and privacy, visitation is limited in the recovery room. Approximately one hour after you arrive in the recovery room, the nurse will give your family an update and discuss the plan for you to have visitors.

If you are going to be admitted to the hospital after surgery, your stay in recovery may be extended while awaiting a room. Sometimes these waits can be several hours, but during this time, our staff will provide excellent care and keep your family updated about your condition.