General Surgery

If you or a loved one have a condition that requires surgery, trust the knowledgeable and skilled general surgeons at Essentia Health. Our surgeons perform common and complex surgical procedures and use minimally invasive techniques whenever they can.  They will care for you before, during and after your procedure to ensure you have the best possible outcome.

What's a General Surgeon?

A general surgeon is a doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and surgical treatment the breasts, skin, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and thyroid.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


General Surgery Procedures

Trust the skilled and experienced general surgeons at Essentia to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures including:

  • Adrenal gland removal
  • Appendix removal
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast duct removal, and breast abscess surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Esophagus removal
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery (treats the liver, gallbladder, bile duct, and pancreas)
  • Hernia repair
  • Skin cancer removal
  • Thyroid removal
  • Varicose vein treatment
  • Vasectomy

If you need removal of a skin lesion or a lump under the skin, ask if your local general surgery team can perform the procedure in the office. You’ll save time and money.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Whenever possible, your Essentia surgeon will take a less-invasive approach that uses only small incisions. You’ll recover faster with less pain and scarring.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Depending on your procedure and location, your general surgeon may perform your surgery with the aid of the da Vinci Xi® surgical robot. It takes two providers to perform robotic-assisted surgery, which improves the surgeons’ view, precision, and control. Robotic surgery has also been proven to improve surgical outcomes.

You’ll find robotic surgical systems in Duluth, Brainerd, and Virginia, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.

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