Surgical Services

Hennepin County Medical Center was the first hospital in Minnesota to be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Adult Trauma Center for adults and pediatric patients. Our surgeons are board certified, and many have completed specialty fellowships in their area of surgical specialty.

HCMC surgeons perform nearly 10,000 surgeries each year. While more than one-third of the surgical patients are considered "major" in severity of illness according to University Health Consortium data, HCMC surgeons also provide a full range of elective surgical care and have expertise in the latest minimally invasive techniques.

Acute, Critical, and General Surgery

Our trauma surgeons are board certified, providing emergency surgery for injured and acutely ill patients, intensive care for critically ill patients following an injury or surgery, and elective surgery to patients of all ages. In addition to trauma surgery, the surgeons at Hennepin perform general and specialty surgery, including:

Surgery staff in operating room Photo

Offering the latest in robotic-assisted surgery

DaVinci Demo with Urology Surgeons Photo

HCMC offers the latest technology in robotic-assisted surgeries with the da Vinci Xi system. Minimally invasive surgery using the FDA approved da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System provides a number of very significant benefits to the patient.  Robotic surgery typically involves small incisions, leading to less trauma to the body, while offering the surgeon greater precision. Robotic surgery often provides the following benefits over traditional open surgical procedures:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications, including less risk of infection
  • Faster return to normal activities due to small incisions and less surgical trauma

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Xi will allow HCMC surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with a higher degree of precision, greater 3D visualization, enhanced maneuverability of surgical instruments, and the ability to access difficult-to-reach anatomy within the body.

The most common surgeries performed using the da Vinci system include urology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and other conditions including cardiothoracic surgery.

Outpatient care

Surgery staff with patient in bed Photo

HCMC Surgery consults are available at the medical center downtown in the Surgery Clinic, as well as in the community at the Brooklyn Center and Whittier clinics. Minor procedures can be performed on site.

Operating room

The Operating Room has 17 suites capable of providing service to a variety of surgical specialties.

Inpatient care

The 24-bed surgical/trauma/neuroscience intensive care unit is located in the Red Building, Level 7. This unit provides care for patients who are critically ill and require constant attention by our team. Features include:

  • private patient rooms with natural light, soothing colors and woodwork, comfortable seating for families, and storage for patients’ and family members; belongings
  • specialized equipment including continuous dialysis machines, oscillating ventilators, and other equipment to serve trauma, burns, traumatic brain injuries, and other diagnoses.

The 44-bed surgical/trauma/neuroscience intermediate care unit is located in the Red Building, Level 4. This unit provides care to patients who are critically ill but do not require intensive care.

The 37-bed medical/surgical/orthopaedics unit is located in the Green Building, Level 3. It serves medical and surgical patients, with an emphasis on orthopedics and hospitalist services.