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Rainy Lake Clinic

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Hospital

1400 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649

Dr. Heather Cook, D.O.

Dr. Heather Cook, RLMC’s staff general surgeon, studied at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She pursued a general surgery emphasis while doing her internship and residency at Metro Health Hospital in Michigan. She became board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in 2008. She has worked as a general surgeon in Michigan and Colorado. Dr. Cook specializes in state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery, creating smaller incisions and resulting in shorter patient recovery times.

General Surgery

Rainy Lake Medical Center offers 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, Ear, Nose and Throat, ophthalmology, podiatry, and GI endoscopic procedures. We are committed to providing safe, quality care to our patients.

The strength of our department shows with our diverse staff. 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. They each bring unique experiences and skills to the table.

The RLMC surgical team consists of surgeons, certified nurse 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.

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

 

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

Ear/Nose/Throat Surgery

Podiatry Surgery

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