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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, gynecological, ophthalmology and GI endoscopic procedures.

The RLMC surgical team consists of surgeons, anesthetists, 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. Daniel Margo, RLMC’s staff General Surgeon; as well as orthopedic surgeries, including full knee & shoulder replacement, by board-certified surgeons: Dr. Joel Zamzow, and Dr. Glen Rudolph.

Surgeries offered at RLMC:

Laparoscopic Procedures

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


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


  • 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



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


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


  • Cataract extraction

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