General Surgery

The Surgery Department at The Iowa Clinic has provided a tradition of excellence in education and patient care in Central Iowa for over 40 years. We are a team of experienced, board certified physicians performing surgery at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Lakeview Surgery Center. Collaboration among specialties is what makes The Iowa Clinic Surgery Department one of Central Iowa’s leading surgical institutions.

Our Approach to General Surgery

The general surgeons at The Iowa Clinic are trained to perform a variety of procedures, including surgery for complex conditions. Many of the procedures can be done laparoscopically, meaning only a few small incisions are made. Our surgeons are trained in the latest techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci surgical system. With da Vinci robotic surgery, surgical procedures are less invasive and patients often have a faster recovery.

General Surgery Procedures

The surgeons at The Iowa Clinic focus on a variety of diseases and complex conditions including the surgical treatment of hernias, reflux, thyroid and gallbladder diseases and breast cancer (for a more comprehensive list, see below).

Our surgeons are some of the best in the state in both patient care and surgical outcomes giving confidence and peace of mind to those who need it most.

Locations & Directions

Main Locations

The Iowa Clinic Ankeny Campus

(515) 283-1541
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1410 SW Tradition Drive, Suite 280
Ankeny, IA 50023

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Methodist Medical Center – Plaza I

(515) 283-1541
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 211
Des Moines, IA 50309

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The Iowa Clinic West Des Moines Campus

(515) 875-9795
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Patient Information

When you have a health issue that requires surgery, we understand the importance of a timely diagnosis. That’s why our staff is committed to a consultation within 2 working days. Our doctors and nurses will do their best to make you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to help. If you’re ready to get back to great health with general surgery, call or visit The Iowa Clinic today to consult one of our surgeons.

 

 

Videos

Services & Treatments

Many Iowa Clinic physicians and surgeons care for a significant number of patients at John Stoddard Cancer Center and recently one of our general surgeons, Scott Hamling, MD, led the effort to help the Cancer Center earn a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. John Stoddard was the first in Central Iowa to earn recognition as one of the nation’s top breast cancer centers.

  • Sentinel Lymph Nodes
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Partial Breast Irradiation Catheter Placement
  • Breast Conservation Therapy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Intestinal and Colon Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Appendectomy
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gastric Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Local Anesthetic Hernia Repair
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Lipoma Removal
  • Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Nissen Fundoplication (Reflux Surgery)

Patient Stories

Two Weeks from Diagnosis to Surgery

Like many women, West Des Moines’ Courtney Bell, 35, didn’t perform the recommended monthly self-exams on her breasts. But on a Saturday morning in October 2013, something told her she should. https://youtu.be/q2EnBDMMb4M “I was changing the batteries in my smoke detectors and thought, ‘What else should I be doing?’” she says. She headed to her bedroom, stood in front of the mirror, and checked her breasts. She felt a grape-like lump in her right breast.…
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When Doctors are Connected

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe When communication between medical professionals works like a well-oiled machine, patients’ diagnosis is faster. Getting in to see the right specialists is faster. And getting on the road to recovery is, well, faster. Trisha Joseph’s story is a perfect example. When Trisha Joseph, 35, of West Des Moines arrived at The Iowa Clinic Urgent Care last April, she knew the pain in her stomach wasn’t normal. What…
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Hernia Repair Without “Going Under”

Your Local Health | Written by BJ Towe Over the past 20 years, Frederick Nuss, M.D., a General Surgeon with The Iowa Clinic, has used local anesthesia to repair thousands of inguinal and umbilical hernias. His patients thank him. “It was awesome — I never had any feeling of sedation. It was as if (the medical team and I) were just having a conversation without my also having hernia surgery,” says Barb Mendoza, 47, who had an…
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Contact

Main Locations

The Iowa Clinic Ankeny Campus

(515) 283-1541
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1410 SW Tradition Drive, Suite 280
Ankeny, IA 50023

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Methodist Medical Center – Plaza I

(515) 283-1541
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 211
Des Moines, IA 50309

Get Directions

The Iowa Clinic West Des Moines Campus

(515) 875-9795
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Get Directions