Surgical Care | Grant Regional Health Center
At Grant Regional Health Center, our patients are at the center of everything we do. We strive to offer exceptional, compassionate care with our wide variety of health care services, using current technology in well-maintained, modern facility to every person who walks through our doors.
This is particularly true with our surgical services. We offer many of the same innovative surgical procedures performed by general surgeons throughout the state, using advanced diagnostics and state-of-the-art equipment that rival any large facility. Our team is highly-capable of performing a wide range of procedures routine general surgery—such as an appendectomy—to life-saving emergency surgical measures. You can trust that our highly skilled surgical team is here, ready to deliver quality care, close to home in Lancaster, WI.
Our Surgical Team
Led by Board Certified General Surgeon Darren Perttu, MD, the Grant Regional Health Center surgical care team collaborates with primary care physicians as well as referring physicians to provide the most comprehensive care combined with the most advanced treatment available.
Before, during and after a procedure, we—which also includes a supportive staff of nurses and administrators—are by our patients’ side. From going over the specifics of a surgery and answering any questions that may arise to pre-operative care, performing the procedure, and recovery, we all work hard together.
Through our team approach, we can ensure that surgeries are handled with the utmost skill and expertise and a focus on personal comfort, safety and rapid recovery.
Surgical Services & Procedures
Our surgical services team performs both general and complex surgical procedures daily. Dr. Perttu uses a high-definition, 3D surgical video system to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries for enhanced surgical precision, often resulting in quicker recoveries, and improved patient outcomes. Some of the more common procedures where this 3D surgical video system is used includes colonoscopies, hernia repair, appendectomy, and digestive health treatments.
Thanks to our team’s training, knowledge, and expertise, we offer traditional general surgical services at Grant Regional Health Center as well.
Small intestine surgery
Removal of Appendix
- EGD (upper endoscopy)
- Umbilical hernia
- Ventral hernia
- Inguinal and femoral groin hernias
- Hiatal hernia
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
Partial breast removal (lumpectomy and open biopsy)
Mastectomy (removal of entire breast)
Axillary lymph node removal
Removal of Ovary
Removal of fallopian tubes
Sterilization (tubal ligation)
Laparoscopic removal of uterus
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.
GRANT REGIONAL IS FIRST IN REGION TO INTRODUCE A MAJOR ADVANCEMENT IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY.
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.”