surgery theater clinic & specialty center


Hennepin Healthcare surgeons perform nearly 10,000 surgeries each year. While more than one-third of the surgical patients are considered "major" in severity of illness according to University Health Consortium data, Hennepin Healthcare surgeons also provide a full range of elective surgical care and have expertise in the latest minimally invasive techniques.

Surgical Specialties

Acute, Critical, and General Surgery

Our trauma surgeons are board-certified, providing emergency surgery for injured and acutely ill patients, and intensive care for critically ill patients following an injury or surgery.

Surgery is usually planned, involving a clinic visit with your general surgeon to evaluate your condition, determine if surgery is needed and decide what procedure is the most appropriate. A variety of surgical expertise is available at Hennepin Healthcare in the elective surgery specialties listed below.

Robotic Assisted Surgery

Hennepin Healthcare offers the latest technology in robotic-assisted surgeries with the da Vinci Xi system. Minimally invasive surgery using the FDA approved da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System provides a number of very significant benefits to the patient.  Robotic surgery typically involves small incisions, leading to less trauma to the body, while offering the surgeon greater precision. Robotic surgery often provides the following benefits over traditional open surgical procedures:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications, including less risk of infection
  • Faster return to normal activities due to small incisions and less surgical trauma

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Xi will allow HCMC surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with a higher degree of precision, greater 3D visualization, enhanced maneuverability of surgical instruments, and the ability to access difficult-to-reach anatomy within the body.

The most common surgeries performed using the da Vinci system include urology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and other conditions including cardiothoracic surgery.