Surgery

Surgeons at Indiana University Health have experience in performing every type of surgery, including general surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery and transplant surgery.

At Indiana University Health North Hospital, we offer the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches. Our surgeons specialize in a number of minimally invasive surgery techniques that offer a faster and less painful way to recover from medical procedures. We also provide a convenient "one-stop shop" experience that prepares patients for their procedures as quickly as possible, generally within one day, eliminating the need for additional appointments before surgery.

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.  

Minimally Invasive Surgery Center

At the IU Health North Hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, our world renowned surgeons use advanced technology to provide high quality and cost efficient services to patients requiring laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery. Care is provided with a skillful blend of advanced technology and evidence-based practice within a safe and nurturing environment.

Procedures available through the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center include:

General Surgery:

  • Adrenalectomy. This procedure removes the adrenal gland.
  • Appendectomy. This procedure involves removing the appendix.
  • Cholecystectoy. This procedure involves removing the gallbladder.
  • Colon resection. During this procedure, all or part of the large bowel is removed.
  • Lysis of adhesions. This procedure involves the removal of scar tissue.
  • Splenectomy. During this procedure, the spleen is removed.

Hernia Procedures:

  • Component release for complex hernia repair. This procedure repairs a large abdominal hernia.
  • Hernia repair (ventral, inguinal, incisional). This procedure repairs abdominal muscles that have weakened resulting in a tear or bulge through the skin.

For more information, please contact the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center office at 317.688.2647.

Esophageal & Gastric Surgery Center

The Esophageal & Gastric Surgery Center was founded by a group of IU Health North Hospital surgeons, specially trained to diagnose and treat upper digestive disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodendum. As the first of its kind in Indiana, the Esophageal & Gastric Surgery Center combines highly trained surgeons with the latest expertise in minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery and gastroenterology.

Whether you have a new or a recurring condition, the surgeons at the Esophageal & Gastric Surgery Center have extensive experience treating both common and complex upper digestive disorders.

Procedures available through the Esophageal & Gastric Surgery Center include:

General Surgery:

  • Esophageal myotomy. The esophagus is dissected to allow food/liquids to pass more easily to the stomach.
  • Gastrectomy. This procedure removes all or part of the stomach.
  • Treatment for recurrent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A disorder that causes stomach acids to enter the esophagus.
  • Treatment for esophageal motility disorders. A disorder that causes food to stick in the esophagus. 

Hernia Procedures:

  • Component release for complex hernia repair. A procedure that repairs a large abdominal hernia.
  • Hernia repair (ventral, inguinal, incisional). A procedure that repairs abdominal muscles that have weakened resulting in a tear or bulge through the skin.
  • Paraesophageal or hiatal hernia repairs. This procedure repairs an abnormality when part of the stomach has slipped into the chest.

Reflux Procedures:

  • Nissen fundoplication. An anti-reflux procedure where part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus to repair reflux issues.
  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (EsophyX). An anti-reflux procedure that eliminates gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

For more information, please contact the Esophageal and Gastric Surgery Center at 317.688.4880.

da Vinci Surgical System®

IU Health North Hospital offers the da Vinci Surgical System®, a robotic surgical system designed to expand a surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for major surgeries.

It combines superior 3D visualization along with greatly enhanced dexterity, precision and control. The platform technology enables complex procedures of all types to be performed through tiny incisions. The system replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time, but it cannot be programmed to perform surgical maneuvers independently. The da Vinci is currently used for general, gynecological, urological and bariatric surgical procedures at IU Health North Hospital.

Additional Procedures

These minimally invasive procedures are also available for the following services at IU Health North Hospital.

Bariatric:

  • Adjustable gastric band (lap band). A band is placed around top of stomach to treat obesity.
  • Gastric sleeve. This procedure treats obesity by removing part of the stomach.
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYBG). An obesity treatment that divides the stomach into two parts.

Colorectal:

  • Colon resection. This procedure removes all or part of the large bowel.
  • J-pouch. This procedure involves colon removal with the creation of pouch to hold stool.
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery. This procedure removes certain rectal polyps and early stage rectal tumors.

Gynecological:

  • Intra-abdominal cerclage. This procedure keeps the cervix closed during pregnancy.
  • Metroplasty. This is reconstructive surgery on the uterus.
  • Myomectomy. This procedure removes uterine fibroids.
  • Oopherectomy cystectomy. This procedure involves the removal of the whole ovary, usually with an attached fallopian tube.
  • Ovarian cystectomy. This procedure is the removal of ovarian cysts.
  • Total abdominal hysterectomies. This procedure removes the uterus.
  • Tubal ligation reversal. This procedure involves surgery to reopen, untie or reconnect a woman's fallopian tubes.

Urological/Urogynecological:

  • Cystectomy. This procedure involves the removal of all or part of the urinary bladder.
  • Nephrectomy (full & partial). This procedure removes the kidney.
  • Nephroureterectomy. This procedure removes a kidney and its ureter.
  • Prostatectomy. This procedure removes all or part of the prostate gland.
  • Pyeloplasty. This procedure involves removing a blockage in the urinary system.
  • Sacrocolpopexy. This procedure repairs vaginal vault prolapse.
  • Ureteroscopic & percutaneous stone removal. This is a kidney stone removal procedure.

To find a surgeon who practices these procedures at IU Health North Hospital, call 317.688.DOCS.