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Surgical care

We assist patients with a wide range of surgical needs, from routine procedures to emergency surgical care. We collaborate with primary care physicians as well as referring physicians to provide the most comprehensive care and most advanced treatment available. Our team approach with clinical staff ensures that procedures are handled with the utmost skill and expertise and a focus on personal comfort, safety and rapid recovery.

Dr. Darren Perttu

Surgical services

Laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery

  • Colon removal

  • Small intestine surgery

  • Stomach surgery

  • Removal of Appendix

  • Gallbladder removal

Diagnostic and screening endoscopy

  • EGD (upper endoscopy)
  • Colonoscopy

Laparoscopic and open hernia repair

  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Inguinal and femoral groin hernias
  • Hiatal hernia

Varicose vein treatment

  • Endovenous ablation

  • Varicose vein treatment

    Grant Regional’s Board Certified General Surgeon Dr. Darren Perttu offers a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Fortunately, treatment for painful, unsightly veins usually doesn't mean a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis.

    Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive medical condition that worsens over time and affects the veins and vessels in the leg that carry oxygen-poor blood back toward the heart. Varicose veins, which are enlarged veins in the leg that appear like twisted, bulging cords, can progress to CVI if left untreated.

    There are a number of factors that contribute to varicose veins and CVI, including pregnancy and heredity. As varicose veins progress to become CVI, other painful symptoms like leg swelling, skin damage and ulcers may occur.

    Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy
    Grant Regional offers the Venefit™ procedure, which is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.

    The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins. This procedure is covered by most health insurance plans, but we encourage you to check with your health plan to confirm your coverage.

    Read our blog article about varicose vein treatment. Click here

Breast cancer surgery

  • Partial breast removal (lumpectomy and open biopsy)

  • Mastectomy (removal of entire breast)

  • Axillary lymph node removal

Laparoscopic and open women's health surgery

  • Removal of Ovary

  • Removal of fallopian tubes

  • Sterilization (tubal ligation)

  • Uterine ablation

  • Laparoscopic removal of uterus

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

Grant Regional Health Center provides this advanced technique that offers better outcomes, shorter hospital stays, less pain and reduced risk of complications.
Even if you and doctor have decided a hysterectomy is the right decision, there is good news. Surgical techniques have come a long way since your (grand) mother’s hysterectomy. New procedures and materials offer options that can greatly decrease discomfort and speed recovery, so you can get back to your health – and your life – much faster than you might think.
Not too long ago, if you were told you needed a hysterectomy, it meant facing hours of open surgery, days in the hospital, and weeks — if not months — of recovery. Now, thanks to advancements in technology and surgical techniques, women have options. Unlike traditional/open surgery that requires a 5-inch incision, minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery involves just a few small incisions.
At Grant Regional Health Center, we’re committed to providing women with the best obstetric and gynecological care available. Dr. Darren Perttu along with our skilled surgical team offer minimally invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, to help you feel better, faster. Compared with abdominal hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery results in less pain and scarring, has a lower risk of infection, requires a shorter hospital stay and has a faster recovery. You may be able to return to your normal activities sooner.
Reasons for a hysterectomy:
A healthcare provider might recommend a hysterectomy if a woman has fibroids, endometriosis that hasn’t been cured by medicine or surgery, uterine prolapse (when uterus drops into the vagina), cancer of the uterus/cervix/ovaries, vaginal bleeding that persists despite treatment or severe chronic pelvic pain.
What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
We are fortunate that Dr. Perttu has the skill and expertise to perform minimally invasive hysterectomies laparoscopically. Using a laparoscope, a tool outfitted with a camera to help see internal organs without large incisions, our surgical team can complete the hysterectomy minus the complications of traditional surgery.
A small incision is made in the navel, through which a camera and surgical instruments are inserted. The camera on the laparoscope transmits an image of the organs to the monitor, and the surgeon uses the images to guide the process of removing the uterus through the same incision.
Benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy
In the past, women spent days in the hospital recovering from traditional hysterectomies and many more weeks recuperating at home. Much of the post-surgical pain and recovery time was due to the large incisions that were made through the abdominal wall, and much recovery time was dedicated to muscle regrowth, not the removal of the uterus.
Minimally invasive hysterectomies not only have a faster recovery time, but they also bring many other benefits, including:
• Can be performed as an outpatient procedure
• Less time in surgery and under anesthesia
• Small incisions, which reduce the risk of bleeding complications
• Minimal scarring
• Less pain and discomfort after surgery
• Faster post-op recovery with an ability to return to work in 7-10 days
How do I know if minimally invasive hysterectomy is right for me?
A minimally invasive hysterectomy could be right for you if you’ve been struggling with gynecological issues that cause you significant pain and discomfort. The best way to learn more is to discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider and ask about a referral to Dr. Perttu.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy and find out if you’re a good candidate, call Grant Regional Community Clinic at (608) 723-2131.

Laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS)


As the next phase in the evolution of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, Grant Regional Health Center is proud to offer laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS) for surgeries such as gallbladder, tubal/tube removal for birth control, ovary removal, hysterectomy and many other surgeries.

Conventional laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that is performed by inserting surgical instruments through three to five small incisions made in the abdomen. LESS surgery represents the next step in the evolution of laparoscopic surgery. LESS abdominal surgeries can be performed through one incision smaller than a dime made in the belly button, leaving a surgical scar that is virtually undetectable. Common applications for LESS surgery today include removal of the gallbladder, appendix, hysterectomy, fallopian tube removal, ovary removal and certain colorectal procedures.

There is a shorter recovery period and lower risks of postoperative incision-related complications with all forms of laparoscopic surgery compared to open surgery. LESS surgeries have the added advantage of providing an improved cosmetic result plus the potential to further reduce complications since it only requires one incision. With every surgical incision there is risk of bleeding, pain and infection that can extend a person’s recovery and delay return to normal daily living. Not all patients will be candidates for LESS surgery. For some patients additional incisions or open surgery may be required.

“Open surgeries can involve long recovery periods for our patients,” says Dr. Darren Perttu, General Surgeon. “With LESS surgeries, we anticipate faster recoveries for our patients and expect they will be much happier with the advanced level of care. We believe this is the most contemporary method to perform a surgical procedure, leaving virtually no trace of the incision, and is truly minimally invasive.”

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