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Rainy Lake Clinic

218-283-4481
Hospital

1400 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649

Surgery

Rainy Lake Medical Center has a strong and diverse surgery department. Whether your procedure is large or small, previously scheduled or an emergency, you’ll be comforted to know that our on-staff surgical team is available. Each member of our surgical staff brings unique experiences and skills to the table.

We have an extensive range of surgical procedures that can be performed right here, close to home—meaning no more travel, hotels, or meal expenses. Our procedures include general surgery, orthopedics, OB/GYN, Ear, Nose and Throat, ophthalmology, podiatry, and GI endoscopic procedures.

The RLMC surgical team consists of surgeons, anesthetists, a certified surgical first assist, a certified orthopedic physician’s assistant, peri-operative RNs, LPNs, surgical technologists, and a full time surgery center manager. We specialize in state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery, creating smaller incisions and resulting in shorter patient recovery times.

Additional surgeries are performed by Dr. Kimberly VerSteeg, RLMC’s staff OB/GYN; as well as orthopedic surgeries, including full knee replacement, by board-certified surgeons: Dr. Joel Zamzow, Dr. Peter Goldschmidt, and Dr. Joshua Rother; plus ophthalmology procedures, and others.

Surgeries offered at RLMC:

Laparoscopic Procedures

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Diagnostic
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Ventral, umbilical, and inguinal hernia repair

Breast

  • Biopsy of palpable and mammographic abnormalities
  • Full axillary dissection
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

Endoscopy

  • Balloon dilation
  • Biopsies
  • EGD and colonoscopy
  • Emergency clipping, cautery, or Injection of GI bleeding points
  • Polypectomy

Soft Tissue and Miscellaneous 

  • Amputation
  • Anal sphincterotomy for fissures
  • Excision and fulguration of condylomata
  • Excision of skin and subcutaneous lesions
  • Foreign body removal/laceration repair
  • Ganglion cystectomy
  • Hydrocelectomy
  • I & D of abscesses
  • Inguinal or cervical lymph node biopsy
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Pilonidal cystectomy
  • Rectal prolapse surgery
  • Rectocele and cystocele repair
  • Temporary artery biopsy
  • Toenail removal
  • Traditional and stapled hemorrhoidectomy
  • Vasectomy
  • Wound debridement/management

ENT
Podiatry

Orthopedic

  • Knee replacement
  • Shoulder and knee arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Carpal tunnel repair
  • Bunionectomy
  • Hammer toe repair

OB/GYN

  • Dilatation and curettage
  • Cesarean section
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Vaginal surgery
  • Sterilization

Ophthalmology

  • Cataract extraction

RLMC provides surgery coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week for urgent and emergency procedures.