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Published on February 04, 2020

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Offering surgery, close to home

What do appendectomies, colonoscopies and C-sections have in common? They are all surgical procedures performed by Gundersen Decorah surgeons in northeast Iowa.

"There are many reasons people prefer to receive their care locally compared to the difficult logistics of commuting to a larger city," explains Elleson Schurtz, MD, a general surgeon at Gundersen Decorah Clinic. "Anytime a patient can have their procedure performed close to home, it is a benefit to them. Not only does it save time and money by traveling a shorter distance, patients are also closer to family and their support systems."

Dr. Schurtz joins Gundersen Decorah surgeons Scott Bierman, MD; Philip Yee, MD; and Michael LaBelle, MD; in providing surgical procedures in Decorah, Waukon, West Union and Cresco.

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Patients in northeast Iowa have access to many of the same surgical procedures offered in larger cities. The Gundersen Decorah surgery team offers:

  • Appendectomies
  • C-sections
  • Colonoscopies
  • Endoscopies
  • Gall bladder surgery
  • Lesion removals
  • Vasectomies
  • And many more

Many of the procedures performed by Gundersen Decorah surgeons use a minimally invasive technique, which means smaller incisions and a faster recovery.

Our surgeons work closely with your primary care provider, no matter where you receive care, and keep providers updated after surgery.

For more information on Gundersen surgery services in northeast Iowa, talk with your primary care provider or call Gundersen Decorah Clinic at (563) 382-3140.

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