Great River Surgeons helps improve the health of patients through operations
on internal organs, the skin and blood vessels. Surgical services include:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Breast biopsy and surgery
- Circulatory surgery
- Colonoscopy and EGD
- Dialysis-access surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Gallbladder surgery
- Hernia repair
- Lung surgery
- Varicose veins
Types of surgical procedures
Endoscopy – A nonsurgical procedure in which a physician uses a flexible tube
with a light and camera attached to see images of the digestive tract
on a monitor
Laparoscopy – A surgeon inserts a long-narrow surgical instrument with a camera
on the tip through a small incision. While watching a video monitor, the
surgeon performs surgery using surgical tools inserted through other small
Open surgery – A surgeon makes an incision large enough to access the area in which surgery
Radiofrequency ablation – An endoscopic technique in which diseased tissue is exposed to
heat energy and destroyed
Help for patients with colostomies, ileostomies and ileal conduits
Great River Surgeons has certified ostomy nurses who help patients with:
- Achieving a more active lifestyle
- General education
- Issues with leaking pouches
- Pouching problems and solutions
- Skin complications
- Using different brands and pouching techniques
Patients who have had surgery at other locations may receive services from
one of our certified ostomy nurses.
Becoming A Patient
A physician referral is not required. To make an appointment, please call
(319) 768-4350. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If another physician refers you to Great River Surgeons, that physician's
office will make the appointment for you.
Arriving for the appointment
A few days before your appointment, you may receive some forms from Great
River Surgeons to fill out at home and bring with you to your first appointment.
If you don't enough time to fill out the forms at home, please arrive
about 15 minutes before your appointment to complete them at the office.
On the day of your appointment, be sure to bring a list of medications
you are taking, including doses and how often you take them. Be sure to
update your medicine list every time there is a change, and give a copy
to each physician’s office when you visit. This list should include:
- Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or other pain relievers
- Daily vitamins, herbal supplements or other health pills
- Over-the-counter medicines, including cold remedies you are taking for
a short time
- Prescription medicines
You will also need to bring copies of recent laboratory test results or
X-rays – or ask your referring physician to send them, your insurance
card and your insurance copayment.
During the appointment
You will see a surgeon who will review your medical history, evaluate your
symptoms, review your laboratory reports and X-rays, present you with
a diagnosis and recommend the next step. Because each patient is unique,
the evaluation process is different for everyone.
What happens next?
At the end of your visit with the surgeon, usually one of three things
will happen next:
- If your condition would respond to medicine, you will receive a prescription.
- The surgeon could order more tests.
- You could be scheduled for a procedure to fix the problem. If so, you will
meet with a scheduler who will give you more information.
To refill prescriptions, call Great River Surgeons during office hours
or ask your pharmacy to call. Please call one or two days before the medicine runs out.
On the day of the procedure
Because most procedures require patients to receive anesthetic, you can
expect to fast before the procedure. Surgeons have different preparations
for procedures, so the details of your preparation may differ from someone
The person who schedules you for your procedure will tell you what time
to report to Great River Health System Center. Depending on your procedure,
you will receive instructions to go to one of these places:
- Day Hospital
- Day Surgery
- Great River Heart and Vascular Center
If you have questions about your instructions, please call
(319) 768-4350 during office hours before the day of
For an outpatient procedure, you will be given time to recover before going
home. You must meet specific criteria before the nurse will discharge
you. The nurse will give you more instructions that will help you continue
your recovery at home.
For an inpatient procedure, you can expect to stay from overnight to several
days after the procedure. When you are discharged, you will receive instructions
to help you continue your recovery at home.