Special surgery services Salt Lake City, Utah

When you need a hospital for special surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can count on St. Mark’s Hospital. Our expert surgeons and medical staff use the latest in surgical technology to perform effective surgeries and promote healthy recoveries.

For more information, please call (801) 268-7119 for inpatient surgery services or (801) 685-6400 outpatient surgery services.

At St. Mark’s Hospital, we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of all types of medicine, and surgery is no exception. Our accredited anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and surgeons are leaders in their respective fields, and are continually training and advancing their education to be the most skilled and knowledgeable they can be.

Most surgical procedures do not require lengthy hospital stays. In fact, many require no overnight stay at all.

Surgical services in Salt Lake City, Utah

The advanced surgical technologies and minimally invasive procedures at St. Mark’s Hospital help patients experience greater results with smaller incisions and faster recoveries.

We offer the following surgeries:

Robotic-assisted surgery

With surgeons trained to use robotic-assisted surgical technologies, St. Mark’s Hospital is able to offer patients in Salt Lake City, Utah the latest state-of-the-art procedures.

Learn more about robotic-assisted surgery and advanced surgical technology at St. Mark’s.

Cancer surgery

Surgery is often performed to treat cancer. Surgery may be done as a first-line treatment, or after you have undergone chemotherapy or radiation to shrink the size of any tumors.

Surgery may also be necessary when your doctor needs to get a better look at cancerous areas in your body, and many surgical oncology procedures are minimally invasive.

Learn more about minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery.

Cardiovascular surgery

Surgical or nonsurgical procedures are often necessary to treat cardiovascular conditions. Some may be scheduled electively while others are performed urgently in response to a cardiovascular event or results from a diagnostic test. There are a range of minimally invasive procedures are used to treat cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Open-heart surgery refers to procedures where the surgeon opens the chest and performs surgery on the muscles, valves or arteries of the heart. Patients can be put on cardiac bypass, moving blood away from the heart allowing the surgeon to operate.

Heart surgeries we perform include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft: A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is an open-heart surgery used to restore blood flow to the heart due to blockages in several coronary arteries.
  • Heart valve replacement or repair: Heart valve replacement is an open-heart surgery and is one way to treat a problem heart valve. Damaged valves (that are either too stiff to allow blood to flow freely or too leaky to keep blood flowing in one direction) are replaced with artificial or transplanted valves. Doctors do open-heart surgery to remove the damaged valve and suture in the replacement valve.
  • Mini maze procedure: Mini maze surgery is a surgical procedure that makes small incisions through the electrical system of the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Maze is done to treat atrial fibrillation. Fibrillation is abnormal beating of the heart muscle. It is caused by erratic electrical impulses that travel through the heart muscle. These impulses can cause the chambers to beat too fast. This can decrease blood flow through the heart. Atrial fibrillation can also cause blood clots to form in the heart that can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.

    Maze is used to treat severe cases that did not respond to medications or other procedures. Electrical impulses cannot flow through scar tissue. By creating specific patterns of scar tissue, the surgery creates a pathway for healthy impulses and blocks erratic impulses. The scars may look like a maze.

After your heart surgery

The average hospital stay after heart surgery is four to seven days.
Call your doctor or seek medical treatment if you have the following symptoms after heart surgery:

  • Any signs of infection, such as redness at the incision site or surrounding it
  • Any yellow/green drainage from the incision or heat at the incision site
  • A fever (higher than 101ºF) or chills
  • Increased fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen ankles or weight gain greater than 3 pounds in 24 hours
  • A change in your heart beat
  • Dizziness
  • Any other unusual sign or symptom

Watch this video about robotic-assisted heart surgery to learn more.

If you have a heart surgery scheduled, please pre-register online.

General surgery

Our general surgery program includes both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. Learn more about the general surgery department at St. Mark’s Hospital.

Bariatric weight loss surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery is an effective route for people needing to lose excessive weight. We provide a variety of bariatric surgery options as well as weight loss resources through our weigh management center.

Learn more about weight loss surgery at St. Mark’s.

Gynecological surgery

Our team of highly trained gynecologic surgeons uses cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat the full range of gynecological ailments and disorders. By using minimally-invasive surgical techniques, our staff insures your recovery will be timely.

Some of the more common gynecological procedures we perform include:


A hysterectomy—the removal of the uterus—is very common in the U.S. There are many conditions that affect the uterus and may require a hysterectomy. The most common benign (non-cancerous) conditions include fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis and pelvic prolapse. It can be performed vaginally, abdominally, laparoscopically or with da Vinci robotic-assisted technology.

Hysteroscopic and laparoscopic removal of fibroid

Diagram: Connected to the wall via stalks; extending from the uterine wall into the uterine cavity (submucosal); inside the uterine wall (intramural) Fibroids are growths made up of connective tissue and muscle cells that usually form in the wall of your uterus. Other names for fibroids are myomas and leiomyomas.

Fibroids are the most common usually noncancerous (benign) and harmless. Fibroids start as pea-sized lumps, but can grow steadily during your reproductive years.

Some symptoms of fibroids include, uterine bleeding, frequent urge to urinate, back or abdominal pain, pain during intercourse, problems with pregnancy and difficulty having bowel movements. Fibroids may be removed hysteroscopically through your vagina and uterus, or laparoscopically through small incisions in your abdomen.

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is an outpatient surgery that can reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding. Because ablation destroys the lining of the uterus, this surgery is for women who do not want to become pregnant and who have not yet entered menopause. It should not be performed on women with endometrial hyperplasia or cancer of the uterus. Treatment takes less than an hour, and you can go home later that day.

Endometriosis laparoscopy

With endometriosis, tissue inside the uterus begins to grow where it should not. During your menstrual period, this extra tissue swells with blood. The swelling and blood irritate nearby tissues. This causes pain and cramps, and possibly pelvic pain all month. This irritation may cause scar tissue to form, which can bind organs together and lead to infertility (trouble getting pregnant).

With early diagnosis and treatment, endometriosis can be managed, but it is unhealthy to leave it untreated. If medical therapy does not control the problem, laparoscopic surgery can be done. Endometriosis laparoscopy removes the endometrial implants, which can restore fertility and reduce symptoms.

Additional gynecologic surgeries and conditions treated include:

  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Pelvic tumor surgery
  • Ovarian cyst removal
  • Incontinence

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Urological surgery

Our urological surgeons are experts and leaders in their field. Learn more about urological surgery at St. Mark’s.

Orthopedic surgery

The orthopedic surgeons at St. Mark’s Hospital have extensive experience performing joint and spine surgeries. Learn more about our orthopedic surgery program.

Eye surgery

As a hospital for special surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah, St. Mark’s performs a variety of eye and vision related surgeries, including:

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal transplant
  • Emergency eye care
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Refractive eye surgery
  • Retinal detachment repair
  • Surgery for retinal diseases
  • Vitrectomy


The neurosurgeons at St. Mark’s are dedicated to treating conditions of the spine, brain and peripheral nerves.

One common type of spine surgery is a laminectomy. This is often performed to treat spinal stenosis, a condition that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This surgery removes the part of the vertebra (a bone in the spine) called the lamina. The entire lamina is removed from the affected vertebra, taking pressure off the nerves in the low back to reduce discomfort.

Learn more about our neurosurgery and neurological surgery programs.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Our oral surgeons in Salt Lake City, Utah are dedicated to providing expert care for a number of oral issues.

Some oral and maxillofacial procedures include:

  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Dental implants
  • Maxillary osteotomy
  • Mandibular osteotomy
  • Periodontal surgery – soft tissue graft
  • Facial fracture

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

At St. Mark’s Hospital, our plastic surgeons in Salt Lake City know that sometimes you cannot feel your best unless you look your best. Our skilled cosmetic surgeons can improve virtually any aspect of your appearance in ways that range from subtle to significant.

We specialize in the following procedures:

Body contouring

Body contouring improves the shape and tone of underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. It can also be used to remove sagging fat and skin.

Botox injections (botulinum toxin)

Botox injections are nonsurgical injections that temporarily reduce or eliminate frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick neck bands. Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles giving the skin a smooth, refreshed appearance.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is used to enhance the body contour of a woman who feels her breast size is too small. Breast augmentation is also used to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, to balance breast size and as a reconstructive technique following breast removal.

Breast lift (mastopexy)

A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola.

Breast reduction

A breast reduction makes breasts smaller and lifts and reshapes them. The goal is to give the patient smaller, better-shaped breasts that are proportionate to her body. This procedure frequently relieves symptoms such as back, neck and shoulder pain.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery freshens the look around the eye, frequently improving a “tired” appearance. This procedure is typically completed in-office.


Liposuction sculpts the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. This has been proven as a safe and effective way to remove fat and leaves minimal scarring.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Reconstructive surgery

One of the most distressing elements of recovering from a trauma or a serious disease can be facing the world with an altered appearance. Whether it is the presence of a new scar or the absence of a familiar physical feature, the adjustment can be unsettling. Our Salt Lake City plastic surgeons can help ease the burden of recovery by helping to restore your appearance.

From simple procedures to more complex operations, we have the skills and technology to restore the form and function of your body to the most normal state possible.

Podiatric surgery

We understand your mobility is your independence. At St. Mark’s Hospital, we want to keep foot problems from limiting your mobility. We perform a variety of podiatric treatments, and we provide expert care to patients with diabetic foot wounds.

Some podiatric procedures include:

  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Ankle arthroplasty
  • Bunion
  • Calluses and corns
  • Dislocated toe
  • Foot pain
  • Fractures
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fracture

Pulmonary surgery

Pulmonary medicine at St. Mark's Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions and diseases. Our pulmonary doctors in Salt Lake City are dedicated to helping patients sleep and breathe better.

Some pulmonary surgeries include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Lobectomy
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Lung biopsy
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Surgery for lung cancer

Trauma surgery

St. Mark’s Hospital has a Level II trauma center and a 24/7 emergency room.
Learn more about our trauma surgery department.

Gastroenterology surgery

Our gastroenterology team performs surgeries to treat a variety of issues, from Barrett’s esophagus to colon cancer. Learn more about gastroenterology surgery at St. Mark’s.

Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgery

Our otolaryngology surgeons specialize in ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions.

Some otolaryngology procedures include:

  • Acoustic neuroma removal
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Audiometry
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox injections
  • Cataract surgery
  • Cochlear implants
  • Dermabrasions
  • Ear surgery
  • Glossectomy
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Myringotomy
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Septoplasty
  • Surgical procedures for sinusitis
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheotomy

Vascular surgery

Vascular surgeons at St. Mark’s are equipped to treat vascular conditions, including blood clots in your arteries or poor circulation in your feet.

Learn more about our vascular surgery program.

Your surgical team at St. Mark’s Hospital

Your surgical team in Salt Lake City, Utah includes accredited surgeons, nurses, technicians and anesthesiologists.

Before a surgery, your anesthesiologist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the right amount of anesthesia for you. They will also discuss potential options with you, explaining the risks or benefits of each option.

During the surgery, your anesthesiologist monitors your vital signs while controlling your pain and consciousness level, so your surgeons can focus solely on the operation.

After surgery, the anesthesiologist monitors your pain level and ensures a smooth recovery from anesthesia.

Contact our surgery departments

Surgery at St. Mark's Hospital
Inpatient and outpatient surgeries are performed at the St. Mark's Hospital campus followed by recovery options in our ambulatory care unit or one of our other post-op or rehabilitation units.

1200 E. 3900 S.
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 268-7119

St. Mark's Outpatient Surgery Center on 45th South
Additionally, for your outpatient surgery needs only, we have a nearby outpatient facility.

348 E. 4500 S.
Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 685-6400

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