We’re Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!

You read that right, St. Cloud Surgical is turning FIFTY. We’re officially over the hill, but we’re not slowing down quite yet. In 1972, Dr. Joseph Belshe revolutionized healthcare in Central Minnesota, and we couldn’t be prouder to see the center reach this milestone!

At St. Cloud Surgical Center, we value the impact we have made on our community and its impact on our organization. Without the support, acceptance, and stewardship of those in the Central Minnesota community, St. Cloud Surgical Center would not be what it is today.

A Look At Our Journey

To say a lot can happen in 18,250 days would be an understatement of the century! Since Dr. Joseph Belshe founded our unique center in 1972, we’ve moved locations, changed logos, completed multiple renovations, and more. Take a trip down memory lane with us!

1972 – Dr. Joseph Belshe founded the St. Cloud Surgical Center, and the first procedure is performed on a 7-year-old.

1992 – First pain management procedure performed. 

1993 – The Center moves to a new 25,000 sq. ft., nine operating room facility on Northway Drive. 

1997 – Milestone: 100,000 total cases!

2002 – The Center expands to create more patient support rooms and two additional operating rooms, resulting in a total of 11 operating rooms and over 36,000 sq. ft. 

2004 –  First Total Knee Replacement performed at the Center. 

2007 – Milestone: 200,000 total cases!

2008 – Surgical Care Affiliates Acquires St. Cloud Surgical Center, making us one of the largest independent surgical providers in the country, working to improve the quality and cost of surgical care nationally. 

2009 – First Shoulder Replacement performed. 

2013 – Operating Rooms 9 and 11 are remodeled to create larger rooms for robotic orthopedic cases. 

2014 – First Outpatient Hip Replacement performed. 

2015 – First Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Nessler.

2016 – First Navio-Smith & Nephew Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Green.

2016 – First INSPIRE Sleep Apnea Implant Procedure performed by Dr. Hanson. 

2016 – Milestone: 300,000 total cases!

2018 –  Operating Rooms 7 and 8 are remodeled to accommodate total joint (robotics) and ophthalmology caseload.

2018 – Milestone: 1,000 Joint Replacement procedures performed!

2020 – Renovations begin on the sterile processing department, dining area, two operating rooms, and exterior. 

2021 – Dr. Belshe, at the age of 100,  and his wife, Mary, are interviewed about the upcoming anniversary. Watch it here! 

2021 – First VELYS Total Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Green. 

2021 – Renovations are wrapped up just in time to start preparing for our 50th Anniversary! 

2022 Milestone: 3,600 Joint Replacement procedures performed!


ALL ABOUT MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY with TREVOR MCIVER, MD and JOEL SHOBE, MD

We recently sat down with Dr. Trevor McIver and Dr. Joel Shobe, spine surgeons at St. Cloud Surgical Center, to ask a few burning questions about minimally invasive spine surgery. Read on for more information!

From 1996 to 2016, Americans spent an estimated $134.5 billion seeking help for back or neck pain. The cause for such pain? Longevity and lifestyle. While it’s great to see humans living longer, our bodies weren’t designed for such high life expectancy combined with a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy exercise habits. If you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you’re missing work, losing time with family, or simply not as active as you once were due to discomfort, St. Cloud Surgical Center can help. 

Do You Need Spine Surgery?

At St. Cloud Surgical Center, we understand surgery may not always be the best route for patients. Sometimes, therapy, medication, and alternative methods can be beneficial. When it comes to back or neck pain, surgery may become necessary in cases such as disc herniation or bone spurs where a nerve is being pushed upon or pinched. 

Whatever the reason for your pain, our highly skilled surgeons will find the cause and provide the best course of action. If surgery becomes your best option, the expertise and ongoing training of McIver, Shobe, and other surgeons at our center, will provide you with the most advanced surgical care available today.

Click here for more on spine procedures performed at St. Cloud Surgical Center. 

Traditional Spine Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 

The main difference between traditional spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery is the recovery time. With minimally invasive procedures, patients can recover more quickly after surgery because they are faster, safer, and cause less trauma to muscles and soft tissues of the back. While the long-term benefits of traditional spine surgery and minimally invasive surgery are almost identical, the main difference comes in the weeks to months during the recovery period. Hear more about minimally invasive surgery and recovery from Dr. Trevor McIver.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Along with quicker recovery times, minimally invasive spine surgery boasts many additional benefits, including: 

  • Better cosmetic results due to smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Little to non-muscle cutting
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduced risk of postoperative pain
  • Less time for rehab

We can attribute these benefits to the many technological advances that have been made in the last 30 years. Learn more about them from our very own Dr. Joel Shobe. 

Next Steps For Relief

If you find yourself among the millions of people with back and neck pain who want solutions, St. Cloud Surgical Center is here for you. As innovative leaders with next-generation technology for spine treatment, our surgeons can safely and effectively perform even the most complex procedures that result in faster recovery times while spending less out-of-pocket. 

Bottom line. There is hope for your back and neck pain. Contact us today for more information! 

Learn more about Dr. McIver and Dr. Shobe at StCloudOrthopedics.com

SOURCES: 

https://www.healthdata.org/news-release/low-back-and-neck-pain-tops-us-health-spending#:~:text=Americans%20in%202016%20spent%20an,and%20public%20and%20private%20insurance.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/low-back-and-neck-pain-top-us-spending-on-healthcare#What-to-do-about-it

https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Minimally-Invasive-Spine-Surgery


In-Person Community Educational Event:  Inspire, the Leading Alternative to CPAP – FREE

Struggling to get a good night’s sleep with your CPAP? Learn how Inspire might be able to help during an educational community seminar presented by Dr. Amy Dearking on Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Inspire is the only FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just the click of a button. No mask, no hose, just sleep.

Learn more at our educational event

Presented by:
Dr. Amy Dearking St. Cloud Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic
Location:  St. Cloud Surgical Center – Entrance A

REGISTER HERE

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