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General Surgery

At LifeCare Medical Center our General Surgery Services provide extensive surgical care for a wide range of diseases that can occur in just about any organ or bodily system that may require surgical treatment, such as benign tumors and malignancies, traumas, gastrointestinal problems, and hernias. Our physicians and care teams are here to assist you every step of the way — providing patient-centered support prior to, during and after surgery.

​​At LifeCare, we can, and prefer to, perform most surgical procedures using techniques that are as minimally invasive as possible. However, some conditions may demand a more traditional surgical treatment plan. When we are able to, we perform our surgeries as outpatient procedures, so you can go home the same day. You and your doctor will then discuss which sorts of procedures seem most appropriate for your situation, based on your diagnosis:

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Breast Disease
  • Endoscopy/Colonoscopy
  • Skin Cancer, ‘lumps and bumps’ (lipomas, cysts, etc., involving skin and subcutaneous tissues)
  • Trauma
High Standards for Safe Surgical Care
Infections at the surgical sight are a commonly known complication of surgery. However, surgical site infections are extremely rare at LifeCare Medical Center, which is a big factor to consider when deciding where to have your procedure performed. From pre-operative care to post-operative care, your safety is always our top priority. While delivering compassionate, attentive surgical services, our skilled teams follow detailed and thorough safety protocols.
Questions About General Surgery?

If you would like to schedule a consultation with our general surgeon, Dr. Cain, or ask a question of our friendly staff,
call 218-463-2500. We look forward to helping you!

James Cain, MD
General Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
General Surgery Residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA
August 2022
LifeCare Medical Center employs multiple specialty surgeons including: Dr. James Cain, general surgeon, Dr. Amber Wibbels, podiatrist, Dr. Gudvangen, OBGYN and Altru’s physicians Drs. Vandewege and Neilsen for PE tubes and T&As. General surgery offers laparoscopic procedures such as appendectomy, cholecystectomy (gall bladder), and hernia repair. Other procedures offered through general surgery include lipoma/cyst removal, hemorrhoidectomy, and colon resection. Podiatry services include bunionectomy, fracture repair, achilles tendon repair. OBGYN offers hysterectomy, tubal ligation, and bladder sling. ENT offers PE tubes and tonsil and adenoidectomy. Our surgery staff is on call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations.
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