Our specialty surgery centers offer a team of dedicated healthcare professionals to care for you through every step of the surgical process. At Summit, you are the center of the care team – and we’ve brought together a team of surgeons, specialty nurses, technicians, and staff to be with you at all steps of the process.

Advanced protocols to keep you safe

You don’t have to postpone surgery out of fear of COVID. Summit Orthopedics’ surgery centers have advanced safety and COVID testing protocols. Even joint replacements and advanced spine procedures can safely be done at Summit’s award-winning surgical facilities. It’s time to reclaim your healthy, active life.

Nationally recognized advanced surgical care

Summit’s Vadnais Heights Surgery Center was awarded The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. This facility is the first in Minnesota to receive the prestigious certification. The Joint Commission certification recognizes key outcome measurements in patient care as part of the selection and survey process.

Summit’s Eagan Surgery Center was awarded The Joint Commission’s Spinal Fusion Certificate of Distinction. This facility is the first surgery center in the nation to receive this advanced designation.

Awarded Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+®

Blue Distinction Center+® is the highest award given by Blue Cross Blue Shield. It demonstrates more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.

  • Summit’s Eagan Surgery Center, serving as a center of excellence for spine surgery, is the only ambulatory surgery center in Minnesota to have received this designation.
  • Summit’s Vadnais Heights Surgery Center was awarded the designation for Knee and Hip Replacement.

Top notch customer service and facilities.  Everyone was specialized into their own expertise and really felt secure having service by professionals holding my hand throughout the whole experience.  There are lots of things to work thru and glad I chose your team.

Survey Feedback For Daren Wickum, M.D.

Everyone was remarkable, didn't even feel as though I had gone through a major operation felt right at home had no worries or fears.

Survey Feedback For Daren Wickum, M.D.

All the nurses I meet came straight from heaven!! Doctors are by far the best! I WON'T go anywhere else.

Survey Feedback For Andrew Thomas, M.D.

My pain was very well controlled and my meds were explained very well.

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I liked the way the nurses explained every step they were taking and asked if I had any questions asked if I had any needs which they met.

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Loved the warm blankets!  Everyone takes such good care of you!

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I would highly recommend Summit to my contacts. Every step of the experience has far exceeded my expectations. Thank you.

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Everyone was friendly, kind and courteous.  You made my stay so comfortable and worry free.  I would definitely come back if I happened to need surgery.  I would like to thank everyone who helped take care of me.

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Seamless transitions.  Wonderfully coordinated care.

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Everyone was amazing!  All explanations of each part of the surgery were conveyed in a professional and upbeat manner.  It gave a great sense of calm heading into surgery.

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I work in a medical facility and I felt very comfortable about the infection precautions. I asked about the infection rate for the procedure I had the surgeon assured me he had not had one infection.

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I was really happy with the friendly care and time all staff took to patiently answer my many varied questions on the day of surgery. Everyone seemed to enjoy their job at summit and it showed, as I saw nothing but smiles all day.

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One of the best surgery experience I have had.  I've never had so many people take care of me and all were cheerful and capable.  You have a great team!

Survey feedback For Tracy Rupke, M.D.

The anesthesiologist carefully and thoroughly addressed all of my concerns and was kind and compassionate.

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My entire stay was as pleasant as it could possible be.  Nurses anticipated every need, I felt 100% comfortable with the anesthesiologist and surgeon.  The facility was fresh and comfortable.  I will absolutely recommend your center.

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They made us feel like family members. They care about their patients. Never had such a great experience at surgery! Thank you!!

Survey Feedback For Eric Khetia, M.D.

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Choosing the right surgical environment

Summit specialists perform surgery both at our ambulatory surgery centers for same-day surgery, as well as at local hospitals for patients who are better suited for that environment. Certain larger total knee and hip replacements as well as advanced spine procedures can be performed at our Vadnais Heights or Eagan Surgery Centers followed by an overnight Care Suites recovery stay. Talk with your surgeon about what option would be best for your unique situation.

Care Suites

Summit’s state-of-the-art Care Suites at our Vadnais Heights and Eagan locations offer a full-service specialty recovery stay for larger surgeries, such as total knee and hip replacements and advanced spine surgeries like disc replacements, minimally-invasive surgery, and spinal fusions.

  • Improved pain management techniques that allows greater range of movement following surgery and accelerates recovery
  • Trained nursing professionals assist with medication management,
    comfort, transfers, and overall recovery needs
  • Limited interruptions and quiet environment to facilitate recovery
  • Catered meals and healthy diet selections from local popular restaurants
  • Personalized one-on-one Physical Therapy

Trusted Surgical Care from the Experts

At Summit, we understand that when a medical issue affects your lifestyle, you want a trusted team working with you and focused on putting you back on the path of recovery with caring expertise. We report on key quality measures to help patients be informed about our dedication to excellence in providing high quality surgical care.

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Surgery totals in 2018 for Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Hip Arthroscopy, and Spine surgery at our surgery centers in Eagan and Vadnais Heights.

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Surgery totals in 2018 for Carpal Tunnel Release, ACL Repair, and Rotator Cuff Repair at our Eagan, Vadnais Heights, and Landmark surgery center locations.

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Total spine injections performed in 2018 at Eagan, Vadnais Heights, and Plymouth surgery centers.

Conservative approaches explored prior to surgery

Frequently, orthopedic conditions can be managed with a wide array of treatments ranging from conservative approaches like medication or physical therapy to a variety of surgical procedures. That’s why, at Summit, we begin by considering the least invasive treatment options.

We take a conservative approach to care, and surgery is something we consider only after other efforts have not produced desired results. It’s a decision that you and your surgeon make together based on your unique situation.

When you are empowered with information to understand your treatment choices, you are in a better position to choose the path that is best for your values and lifestyle.

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