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Surgical Services

We want to reassure you that many advanced surgical procedures have been developed, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which can shorten your recovery time, reduce your pain, and cause less scarring.

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HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital offers advanced surgical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're equipped to handle advanced procedures with state-of-the-art equipment and board-certified physicians who are experts in the latest techniques. After your surgery, you will have access to a care team which includes registered nurses, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, clinical educators, nutritional services and spiritual advisors. We strive to ensure you have clear, easy to understand instructions prior to and after your surgery.

Our experienced surgeons and highly trained surgical technologists, anesthesia technicians and registered nurses perform more than 5,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures per year on both adults and children. We are dedicated to making your surgery experience as comfortable and personalized as possible.

Our team adheres to the standards of the following organizations:

For more information, send our Surgery & Endoscopy Team an email.

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Before Your Surgery

Instructions for Patients

Thank you for choosing HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital for your procedure!  We want your surgical and recovery experience to be as comfortable and worry-free as possible. 

If you have any questions please call the preoperative/surgery office at 715-717-1748 Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. If you are unable to reach us please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

To view your preoperative instructions, click here. To view Speak Up for Safe Surgeries resources from The Joint Commission, click here.

Some of the common surgical procedures we offer include:

(Click through to learn more or find a doctor)

da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital offers patients the latest robotic-assisted surgery system, the da Vinci Xi. The da Vinci Xi gives surgeons an enhanced three-dimensional viewing area, greater flexibility and depth perception necessary to manipulate tissue. Robotic-assisted surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgical procedures and conventional laparoscopic surgery.
 
The da Vinci Xi surgeon console is set away from the actual operating table and contains the master controls the surgeon uses to operate. The handles mimic the surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements into corresponding, precise and scaled movements. The "endoWrist" Instruments are only able to move when commanded by the surgeon.
Dental and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental or Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around the mouth and jaw. Oral maxillofacial surgery involves more complex form of oral surgery such as jaw and teeth repair following an injury, corrective jaw surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, pre-prosthetic bone augmentation and nerve repositioning, and maxillofacial dental implants.

Common Procedures
Common Dental and Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Procedures performed at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital include:
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Root Canal
  • Prosthodontics or dental restoration
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthognathic
  • Facial Trauma
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders
General Surgery
General Surgery covers total care of the patient. It includes surgical interventions of the Gastrointestinal tract, abdomen and its contents, including the pelvis, breast and chest, the skin, soft tissue and musculoskeletal system, head and neck, the vascular system, endocrine system and oncology.

For more information, email SurgicalServices@hshs.org.

General Surgeries include:
  • Hernias of the groin and abdomen
  • Gallbladder, bile duct, liver and pancreatic diseases
  • Esophageal, hiatal hernia, and heartburn problems
  • Benign and malignant breast problems
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Stomach, intestine, appendix and colon surgery
  • Removal of moles, cysts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pilonidal Disease (tailbone cysts)
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Parathyroids
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Pancreas
Vascular Surgery
  • Aneurysms of the aorta and lower extremities
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Surgery for varicose veins

Cancer Surgery
  • Stomach
  • Colon and Rectum
  • Lungs
  • Esophagus
  • Thyroid
  • Breast
  • Skin, including Melanoma
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Skin
  • Lung

Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Gallbladder
  • Appendix
  • Lungs
  • Heartburn
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Weight loss
Heart Procedures and Diagnostic Testing
From a basic electrocardiogram to advanced heart surgery, you can rest assured that our highly trained team has the experience and technology needed to get to the bottom of the problem without delay.
Neurological and Spinal Surgery
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is equipped with advanced technology to ensure the best neurosurgical care of our patients, including the BrainLAB image-guided navigation system which allows our surgeons to minimize incisions and risk of complications.

For more information, call us at 715-717-4315.
Obstetrical & Gynelogical Surgery
Several inpatient and outpatient obstetrical and gynecological surgery options are avaialble at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. For more information, email SurgicalServices@hshs.org.

Common Inpatient Obstetrical/Gynelogical Procedures:
  • hysterectomies performed vaginally, abdominally, and laparoscopically
  • abdominal or laparoscopic myomectomies
  • cervical cerclage
  • dilation and curettage
  • amniocentesis
  • Cesarean section
  • Circumcision
  • forceps and vacuum deliveries

Common Outpatient Obstetrical/Gynelogical Procedures:
  • laser surgery
  • diagnostic laparoscopy
  • operative laparoscopy such as laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy
  • tubal ligation
  • diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy
  • endometrial ablation
Orthopedic Surgery

Our talented orthopedics team has been recognized in the Chippewa Valley for its exceptional care. We are committed to treating and preventing injuries and diseases that affect your bones, joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. We understand how important it is to get you back moving and enjoying everything you love to do.

We offer a wide range of medical and surgical joint care procedures delivered to you by an experienced medical staff and a talented group of orthopedic surgeons. Many of these procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques that can often decreased pain, shorten recovery time and result in minimal scarring. 

Stop being held back by pain and discomfort. Now is the time to enjoy life. For more information, call us at 715-717-4351.

Otorhinolarynology Surgery (ENT)
Several Common Otorhinolarynology (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgeries are performed at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital by our providers.

For more information, email SurgicalServices@hshs.org.


Ear Procedures
  • Ear tubes (tympanostomy)
  • Myringoplasty
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Tympanoplasty with Ossicular Reconstruction
  • Tympanomastoidectomy
  • Tympanomastoidectomy with Ossicular Reconstruction
  • Stapedectomy

Larynx Procedures
  • Laryngoscopy with biopsy
  • Microlaryngoscopy with biopsy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Laryngoplasty

Nasal/Sinus Procedures
  • Septoplasty
  • Septoplasty with turbinate reduction
  • Nasal valve reconstruction
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (Complex)
  • Nasal fracture reduction (closed)
  • Nasal fracture reduction  (open)
  • Rhinoplasty

Neck Procedures
  • Biopsy neck mass ( superficial)
  • Biopsy neck mass (deep)
  • Parotidectomy
  • Submandibular gland removal

Pediatric Procedures
  • Ear tubes (tympanostomy, BMT)
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy (T&A)
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Ear tubes with adenoidectomy
  • Ear tubes with T&A

Throat Procedures
  • Tonsillectomy

Thyroid/Parathyroid Procedures
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy (partial)
  • Thyroidectomy (total)
  • Thyroidectomy with lymph node excision
Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic surgery can be divided into two main categories, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.  This specialty involves the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body.

Here at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital our plastic surgeons care for patients requiring reconstructive surgery such as craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns. Reconstructive surgery aims to improve function of a part of the body while cosmetic surgery aims to improve the appearance of it.

For more information, email SurgicalServices@hshs.org.


Common Outpatient Plastic/Reconstructive Procedures:
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
  • Blepharoplasty (upper/lower)
  • Body contouring after massive weight loss
  • Brachioplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast reconstruction/revision
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn surgery
  • Buttock lift
  • Chin Implants
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Congenital hand abnormalities
  • Cyst/lesion removal
  • Dressing care
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Face lift
  • Facial aging
  • Facial fractures
  • Facial Nerve Reconstruction
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lip augmentation
  • Mastopexy
  • Multi-disciplinary involvement
  • Neck Lift
  • Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping)
  • Panniculectomy
  • Pediatric reconstruction
  • Post MOHS reconstruction
  • Post trauma flap surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
  • Rhytidectomy (Facelift)
  • Scar Revision
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Thigh lift
  • Wound care
Podiatric Surgery
Podiatric Surgery is the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle when conservative management did not alleviate discomfort or restore normal function of your foot or ankle. Most treatments are same-day procedures unless the patient’s health is less than optimal and may require a stay in the hospital.

For more information, email SurgicalServices@hshs.org.

Common Podiatric Procedures:
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Fusions
  • Hammer Toe Surgery
  • Heel Spur Surgery
  • Metatarsal Surgery
  • Nail Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Tendon Surgery
Urology Services
Our talented urologists have perform hundreds of minimally invasive surgeries using the da Vinci® robot—including the first robot-assisted prostatectomy in our region in 2006. 

To locate and schedule a urology appointment, contact Western Wisconsin Urology, Eau Claire 715-835-6548.

Some urological conditions we treat include:
  • prostate cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • bladder prolapse
  • hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • interstitial cystitis (also called painful bladder syndrome)
  • overactive bladder
  • prostatitis (swelling of the prostate gland)
Vascular Procedures
Vascular surgery is performed on veins and arteries away from the heart. Strokes, heart attacks, leg pain or amputations can happen if left untreated.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)  
A build-up of plaque in the blood vessels outside the heart that reduces the flow of blood. As a result, some parts of the body do not get the oxygen they need. People with PVD are three to four times more likely to die from stroke or heart attack than people of the same age who do not have PVD. Peripheral arterial bypass and angioplasty may be recommended to improve blood flow to the arteries. 

TransCarotid artery revascularization (TCAR)
A hybrid procedure that may be an option for patients with carotid artery disease who are considered high risk for traditional surgery due to their age or other medical conditions.

Angioplasty and stenting 
A minimally-invasive procedure where the surgeon makes an incision in the groin, inserts a catheter and guides it through the blood vessels to the carotid artery, where a tiny balloon is inserted. The balloon is inflated and deflated to flatten the plaque against the walls of the artery. Then a small metal-mesh tube (stent) is placed in the artery to hold it open.

Carotid artery surgery/stenting 
Carotid artery disease is the build-up of plaque on the inside of the carotid arteries. Over time, the build-up narrows the artery, decreasing blood flow to the brain, which can lead to a stroke. Treatment options for carotid artery disease vary based on patients' symptoms and overall health. Some more severe cases may require surgery 

Angioplasty and stenting 
A minimally-invasive procedure where the surgeon makes an incision in the groin, inserts a catheter and guides it through the blood vessels to the carotid artery, where a tiny balloon is inserted. The balloon is inflated and deflated to flatten the plaque against the walls of the artery. Then a small metal-mesh tube (stent) is placed in the artery to hold it open. 

Traditional vascular surgeries
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortocaval fistula repair
  • Aortoenteric fistula repair
  • Arteriovenous fistula surgery
  • Arteriovenous malformation surgery
  • Bypass surgery

Varicose veins and spider veins  
These are twisted and enlarged veins just below the surface of the skin. Treatment for varicose veins typically starts with lifestyle changes, but surgical options may be recommended if those changes do not lead to improvements. Our vascular surgeons offer a variety of treatment methods, from minimally invasive procedures to traditional surgical techniques. 
Weight Loss (Bariatric Surgery)

At the Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Clinic of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Evergreen Surgical, you’ll find the information, structure and support you need to reach your health and weight loss goals.

Our bariatric surgeon and medical director, Dr. Brandon Andrew, specializes in two minimally-invasive weight loss surgery procedures - Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass. Having one of these bariatric procedures, however, is just part of a larger, more holistic process. Patients meet with dieticians, pharmacists, exercise therapists and behavioral health counselors to help them along their weight loss journey.