Surgical Procedures at Pella Regional

Take advantage of the skilled surgeons and physician specialists who collaborate with the surgical staff at Pella Regional Health Center. You’ll also benefit from access to the da Vinci® surgical system—minimally invasive robotic-assisted techniques—available at just a few locations in Iowa and used for many types of gynecologic, urologic and general surgery procedures.

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Otolaryngologists (ENT physicians) specialize in treating abnormalities in the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. ENT surgical procedures include:

  • Myringotomy Relieves pressure in the eardrum from fluid buildup
  • Tonsil and adenoid removal
  • Facial lesion removal
  • Myringoplasty – Closes a perforation in the eardrum 
  • Nasal fracture closed reduction
  • Septoplasty – Straightens the septum (partition between the two nasal cavities)
  • Tympanoplasty – Repairs the eardrum and reconstructs the small bones of the middle ear


Physicians who perform endoscopy specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of issues within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Endoscopic surgical procedures include:

  • Colonoscopy – Views inside lower digestive tract (colon, rectum) to screen for colon cancer and other gastrointestinal conditions
  • Gastroscopy – Helps diagnose and treat conditions in the upper gastrointestinal tract

General Surgery

General surgeons specialize in treating patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin and blood vessels. General surgical procedures include:

  • Nissen fundoplication (laparoscopic, robotic-assisted) – Restructures the connection between the esophagus and stomach to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Colonoscopy and endoscopic procedures for the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Breast surgery
  • Colon resections (robotic-assisted)
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Lesion removal
  • Gallbladder surgery (laparoscopic, robotic-assisted)
  • Hemorrhoid surgery 
  • Hernia repairs


Gynecologists specialize in the health of the female reproductive system. Gynecologic surgical procedures include:

  • Hysterectomy (robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, vaginal or abdominal) – Removes the uterus
  • Burch procedure (urethropexy) – Provides support to the urethra
  • Diagnostic laparoscope (robotic-assisted)
  • Endometrial ablation – Removes tissue lining the uterus to reduce abnormal bleeding
  • Tubal ligation (robotic-assisted) – Closes the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy
  • Removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries (robotic-assisted)
  • Urinary incontinence – Treats loss of urine control
  • Pelvic prolapse repair (robotic-assisted) – Treats dislocated organs in the pelvic region


Ophthalmologists specialize in the anatomy, function and diseases of the eye. Ophthalmic surgical procedures include:

  • Cataract removal – Replaces a clouded natural lens in the eye with a clear lens


Orthopedic surgeons specialize in conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgical procedures include:

  • Musculoskeletal trauma such as broken bones or damaged muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Sports medicine for sport-related injuries or conditions
  • Arthritis care and treatment for other degenerative diseases
  • Foot and ankle reconstruction
  • Total joint surgery (joint replacement)
  • Hand and upper extremity (arm, shoulder) surgery

Pain Management

Anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) treat patients with chronic pain caused by cancer, critical illness or severe injury to ease suffering and improve quality of life. Procedures to help you manage pain include:

  • Epidural injection – Delivers anti-inflammatory medication quickly
  • Nerve block injection – Helps prevent or manage many types of chronic pain
  • Joint injection – Delivers medication to a painful joint


Podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Podiatric surgical procedures include:

  • Diabetic foot care
  • Sports medicine for sport-related injuries or conditions
  • Heel pain
  • Neuromas – Swollen nerves between the bones and ligaments in the ball of the foot
  • Hammertoes – Toes that curl or bend abnormally
  • Bunions – Enlarged bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Arthritis
  • Wound care


Urologists specialize in diseases of the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, bladder, prostate, testicles, scrotum and penis. The specialty includes the entire urinary and reproductive system of the male and the entire urinary system of the female, exclusive of the reproductive organs. Urologic surgical procedures include:

  • Impotence/erectile dysfunction
  • Male infertility
  • Enlarged prostate (robotic-assisted)
  • Bladder diseases and conditions, including infectious, benign, malignant
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney or bladder stones – Treats crystalized clumps of chemicals from urine that form in the kidneys or bladder
  • Kidney cancer
  • Urinary incontinence – Treats loss of urinary control
  • Urinary system trauma
  • Radical/partial nephrectomy (robotic-assisted) – Removes part or all of a kidney
  • Radical prostatectomy (robotic-assisted) – Removes prostate gland
  • Pyeloplasty (robotic-assisted) – Relieves obstructions at the junction between kidney and ureter

Helping You Navigate the Insurance Maze

Because today’s insurance policies come with significantly higher co-pays and deductibles, you’re likely to face larger out-of-pocket expenses for your health care. The compassionate Patient Advocates at Pella Regional help you prepare for the cost of your medical procedure, understand the payment process and avoid financial surprises.

Together with a Patient Advocate, you’ll review your specific insurance situation and your doctor’s recommended procedure. Then, our Advocate will estimate your actual cost and work with you to find the best method of payment.

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Review your health care options with your primary care physician or a surgeon at Pella Regional Health Center.

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A surgery patient from Pella Regional

Sorry I Waited So Long

Linda Ver Heul, resident of Pella, considers herself “old-school.” She explains that she’s of an age where it’s uncomfortable to discuss things of a personal medical nature, making it difficult to seek help. She realized something was really wrong in 2009 but waited until September of 2013 to have a hysterectomy along with significant repairs.

Read Linda's Story