General Surgery Center at Greater Regional Health

Local General Surgeons in Creston, Iowa

At Greater Regional Health, we are pleased to offer surgical services for the communities within Southwest Iowa. Our general surgery team is comprised of Board Certified Surgeons, including Dr. Heather Osterbrink, MD, FACS, CWSP and Dr. Amy Hynek McFarland, DO, FACOS. The Greater Regional Health General Surgery Center provides general, acute care and trauma surgical services. From outpatient and minimally invasive procedures to inpatient services, our local general surgeons strive to determine the best surgical plan for each patient.

What is a General Surgeon?

General surgeons are specially trained and knowledgeable in diagnosis, preoperative, operative and post operative care of patients. General surgery requires knowledge of anatomy, emergency care, intensive care, physiology, wound healing and more. From your first visit to recovery, your general surgeon is by your side to ensure you are on the road to health.

What Does a General Surgeon Do?

General surgeons often perform a variety of procedures on the whole body, but general surgery is a speciality that often focuses on the abdomen and surrounding areas, including the esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, gallbladder, appendix, skin and more. The general surgeons at our surgical center perform various procedures, including:

  • Surgical Breast Biopsy
  • Gallbladder Removal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia Surgery (Open and Laparoscopic)
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery (Open and Minimally Invasive)
  • General Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Surgery of the Skin and Soft Tissues
  • Trauma Surgery

While many general surgeons focus on the abdominal area, they are specially trained to provide surgical care for the whole patient. General surgeons' specialties can vary, with some surgeons limiting their practice to one subspeciality, such as orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery or plastic surgery. At Greater Regional Health, our general surgeons practice a full range of procedures, while our specialized orthopedic surgeons provide surgical services for musculoskeletal and joint conditions in the Creston area.

Surgical Care Options

Many procedures can be done laparoscopically, meaning only requiring a few small incisions. Our general surgeons offer laparoscopic surgery options for hernias, colon and rectal surgery, appendectomies and more. These technologies allow us to perform surgical procedures that are less invasive, often leading to a faster recovery. Our surgical center offers the latest technologies and state-of-the-art systems to serve the Creston, Iowa community.

Our inpatient surgical procedures require the patient to remain in the hospital overnight or longer for recovery. Outpatient procedures are performed in the Greater Regional Health hospital but allow patients to return home for recovery. Depending on your health situation, your general surgeon will recommend the surgical and recovery option that offers the highest chance of the best outcome with your comfort in mind.

We understand that each patient's situation is unique, so every procedure is determined on a case-by-case basis. We know there's no one-size-fits all approach to healthcare, which is why our surgeons take the time to fully understand your condition during the diagnosis and preoperative phases. Our surgeons also work closely with other Greater Regional Health healthcare providers and specialists to ensure a collaborative, comprehensive healthcare approach.

Trust the General Surgeons at Greater Regional Health

From gallbladder surgery to trauma surgery, our general surgeons are dedicated to providing excellent care to patients in the Creston area. Contact Greater Regional Health to learn more about our surgery center and our surgical options.