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The surgeons at Indiana University Health have experience in performing every type of surgery, from routine procedures to complex surgeries requiring coordinated, multidisciplinary care. Our advanced surgical treatment options encompass every type of surgery, including: general surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery and transplant surgery.

We offer the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches. Minimally invasive surgery provides many benefits to the patient, including less pain, shorter recovery time and a faster return to normal daily activities.

At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, our surgical teams ensure that your questions are addressed, your family's needs are met and your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Having your surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital also means you have the medical specialties of a large tertiary hospital available to you should the need arise.

Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the country, we have access to training programs and advanced research that enable us to bring the latest surgical advancements straight to our patients.

Urologic Surgery

The IU Health Urology team is known worldwide for its expertise. James Lingeman, MD, medical director for Urology, travels around the world to help train other physicians in urologic surgical techniques when he is not caring for patients at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Dr. Lingeman is also the director of research for Indiana University Health Methodist Institute for Kidney Stone Disease.

Our team performs approximately 1,200 urologic surgeries a year at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The first laparoscopic nephrectomy in Indiana was performed at IU Health Methodist Hospital in 1991. Since then, we have worked to continuously push medical advances forward.

Additionally, our nurses, surgical technicians and physicians want patients and families to feel comfortable. It is our mission to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service.

Examples of the most common urologic surgeries at IU Health Methodist Hospital include:

  • Cystectomy ileo-loop
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy

Examples of the most common endoscopic procedures at IU Health Methodist Hospital include:

Cardiovascular Surgery

Our cardiovascular surgical team is composed of expertly trained staff that can care for all cardiovascular problems. Our qualified team staffs our Level I Trauma Center and is readily able to treat emergency heart events around the clock.

What to Bring (and Not Bring) to Your Surgery

Your doctor's office will provide information on any items to bring to your surgery. Generally, the only things you need are your insurance card, your living will and your medicine list. Please bring a detailed list of all medicines you take daily or occasionally––prescription and over-the-counter. Include how often you take it and the dosage.

If you have packed a suitcase with personal items, pajamas, toiletries, etc. for your recovery, please have a family member leave it in the car until after your surgery. To support a safe environment for you during your surgery, you will not be able to take anything into the operating room, including wedding rings, rosaries or other items. If a ring cannot be removed, it will need to be cut off in case of swelling. Do not bring anything of value, such as wallets, purses or cell phones. It is best to leave your personal items with a loved one, who can bring them to you when you need them. This includes hearing aids, dentures or similar items.

IU Health Methodist Hospital heart surgeries are performed at 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Visitors and patients with scheduled heart surgeries should park in Parking Garage #1 at the intersection of Senate Avenue and 16th Street.

On the day of your surgery, please follow your doctor's directions regarding when to stop eating before surgery and what you should or should not take. It is also important to follow the Hibbacleanse shower instructions the night before and morning of the surgery.

Surgeries are usually scheduled for 7:30 am; however, surgical preparation takes about 90 minutes. Any family members who wish to see you before surgery should be there by 6 am. At 6:30 am, you will be taken to the operating room for preparation.


Advanced neurosurgical services are provided by the Indiana University Health neurosurgical team. Technological improvements have allowed us to improve patient outcomes and safety. For example, image-guided surgeries are increasing at IU Health Methodist Hospital, allowing surgeons to view three-dimensional images inside the brain or spine as they are operating. Approximately 1,100 of these image-guided neurological surgeries were performed in 2014 at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Diagnostic and technology advancements have benefited patients with tumors or spinal conditions, as well as patients with intracranial aneurysms. IU Health Methodist Hospital is the first hospital in Indianapolis to begin using fluorescent dyes to ensure proper clipping of aneurysms during surgery. The dye immediately shows if there is not proper clip placement and the surgeon can fix the problem, preventing further complications. Substantial advancements in craniotomies have also been made recently at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

IU Health Methodist Hospital receives many referrals from neurologists and other physicians across the state. Our team includes skilled neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists and a well-trained nursing team.

Patients and visitors to the neurosurgery unit, take the main elevator to the second floor. If you are having neurosurgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital, please follow your physician's instructions carefully. Our neurosurgical team performs a high volume of many types of surgeries and is skilled in handling the most complex or severe cases.