Surgical Services

Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital has 14 state-of-the-art operating suites. These house all the necessary equipment to perform a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures. The surgical area also includes four endoscopy suites and a minor surgery room. Additionally, an interventional radiology suite offers advanced imaging technologies within a surgical suite for interventional radiological, vascular, cardiac and orthopaedic procedures. The dual-procedure operating suite can accommodate both open and closed surgical procedures.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

We offer a robust robotic-assisted surgery program. With three da Vinci® surgical robots available, surgeons can perform delicate procedures in small spaces within the body. This system enables the use of minimally invasive techniques, which can lead to:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Lower risk of complications

Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Surgery

Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Surgery allows care teams to offer a more efficient and comfortable experience for both patients and their families. The facility meets the needs of all patients undergoing any invasive procedure, whether it is a surgical, interventional radiology or endoscopy procedure.

Inpatients and outpatients also receive pre-procedure care within this area.

After their procedure, patients go to the recovery area. From there:

  • Inpatients return to their private room to continue healing
  • Outpatients return to the Outpatient Surgery area to prepare to go home through a private discharge door, or up to a hospital room for additional care

Contact Us

To locate a surgeon affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, please call the Physician Referral line at 708.226.2300 (TTY: 711).

Meet the Team


The General Surgery team at Northwestern Medicine is committed to providing an excellent surgical experience.

Meet the Southern Suburbs General Surgery Team

Preparing for Surgery

Before Your Surgery

Before your surgery, learn about pre-anesthesia screening and how to confirm your arrival time.

What to Expect for the Day of Surgery

Learn what to expect on the day of your surgery, including what to do before you come to the hospital, where you should register, and general information about surgical procedures.

After Your Surgery

Depending on if your surgery is an inpatient or outpatient procedure, you will either recover at the hospital or at home. Learn more about the after-surgery process.


Locations & Contact Information
    Machine that measures a patient's vitals while in surgery

    Types of Anesthesia

    There are four main types of anesthesia used during surgery and other procedures. Your anesthesiologist will discuss with you the type of anesthesia that would be appropriate for your surgery or procedure.

    Care Where You Need It

    Northwestern Medicine offers surgical services conveniently located near you.