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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare General Surgery

Surgical Procedures in Central Minnesota

Knowing you may need surgery may seem overwhelming, but the surgery department at CentraCare Clinic can guide you through the process. Our surgeons are experienced in a wide range of surgical procedures at convenient locations throughout Central Minnesota. We perform thousands of procedures every year, so there is no need to live with pain, fear of the unknown or life-limiting conditions. Our team will be by your side every step of the way, including surgery preparation and post-op care.

Why Choose Us?

  • For your convenience, we try to meet you where you live, with six clinic locations and seven operating room locations in Central Minnesota.
  • We are the largest general surgery group in Central Minnesota with more than 15 surgeons. Our team continues to grow and expand to meet your needs.
  • You will receive personalized care from our team of surgeons and advanced practice providers who regularly collaborate with other specialties.
  • The quality of our work garners attention, such as our colon cancer surgery program, which was noted as “high-performing” in U.S. News & World Report in 2020.

What are the CentraCare General Surgery clinic locations?

  • St. Cloud
  • Long Prairie
  • Melrose
  • Monticello
  • Paynesville
  • Sauk Centre

What types of surgeries are done by CentraCare General Surgery?

Our general surgeons care for patients who need surgery in various areas of the body. Areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast
    - Disease, cancer, lesions, abnormalities
    - Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic – multi-specialty clinic for patients with breast cancer. In a single visit, a patient meets with a team of experts to select a personalized, unified treatment plan. This process minimizes time between cancer diagnosis and treatment and leads to a better patient experience and outcomes.
  • Hernia
  • Gallbladder
  • Esophagus, stomach
  • Colon, rectal
  • Thyroid/parathyroid – Jason Glenn, MD is one of only a few fellowship-trained endocrine surgeons in Minnesota. He focuses on diseases of the adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid and thyroid glands.
  • Skin
  • Lung/chest
    - Rib fix
    - Chest wall injury
    - Lumps/masses
    - Lung cancer
    - Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic – multi-specialty clinic for patients with lung cancer.
  • Endoscopy, colonoscopy
  • Trauma
  • Much more!

How are surgeries performed?

Our surgeons are highly trained in everything from minor procedures to complex open surgeries. When feasible and safe to do so, we like surgeries to be as minimally invasive as possible. Benefits to patients include shorter hospital stays, less risk of infection and quicker return to normal activities. At CentraCare, we use da Vinci robots for numerous general surgery procedures, a process where a surgeon performs an operation by controlling a robot’s arms.

How can I make an appointment?

  • While a referral is not required, we encourage you to verify coverage with your insurance company before making an appointment.
  • To make an appointment, call CentraCare – River Campus Clinic Surgery directly at 320-252-3342 or by email: Or ask your doctor for a referral.
  • This St. Cloud office can schedule your appointments at any of our locations.

How can I get ready for surgery?

If you are preparing for a surgery at CentraCare, be sure to review our patient instructions.

Our Surgery Locations

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