Since 1999, Northern Plains Surgery Center has provided world-class eye care to the Fargo community.
Northern Plains Surgical Center is a state-of-the-art Medicare certified facility staffed by the area’s finest eye surgeons. We offer access to the highest-quality care in a convenient, outpatient environment. Our surgeons, nurses, and support staff have one clear purpose: to maximize your individual vision potential and outcomes in an environment that is centered around patient safety, comfort and excellence.
Eye surgery costs at Northern Plains surgery center are less than in a traditional hospital setting, and the care you will receive at our facility is second-to-none. Patients over and again report how thrilled they are about their overall experience and surgical outcomes. We look forward to serving you!
Cataract Surgery is typically performed in about 10-15 minutes, with the entire process taking only a few hours. Prior to surgery, patients are often administered anesthesia and medicated eye drops to minimize any discomfort during the operation. This routine procedure begins with your surgeon making a small incision using a tiny instrument (about the size of a pen tip) to access the clouded, natural lens. The natural, cloudy lens is broken up using high-frequency ultrasound and then gently removed by suction. At this point, an intraocular lens implant is placed, and the procedure is complete. Thanks to the minimal incision, stitches are normally not required.Learn More
Some patients experience cloudy vision following cataract surgery. This occurs when the posterior capsule, which holds the intraocular lens (IOL) in place, becomes cloudy. The surgeons at Northern Plains Surgery Center can restore clear vision with YAG Capsulotomy laser surgery. It is a quick, painless procedure, with immediate results. While the laser treatment is done within our surgery center, there’s no need for anesthesia. Like a normal clinic visit, The YAG Capsulotomy is performed while sitting across from the surgeon. The cloudy film that’s developed on the posterior capsule is penetrated with the laser, and the foggy film is removed, allowing light to more effectively reach the retina. Patients are free to return to their normal daily activities immediately after and the vision change is often instantaneous.Learn More
One of the most common oculoplastic procedures is blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, which is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure can help improve vision and give a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
Ptosis surgery is a procedure that is performed to correct drooping of the upper eyelid, which can cause visual impairment and a tired appearance. Overall, oculoplastic procedures can help to improve both the function and aesthetics of the eyes and surrounding areas.
Corneal transplants are typically performed in cases where vision is severely affected due to conditions such as corneal scarring, keratoconus, or corneal dystrophy. The procedure involves removing the damaged cornea and replacing it with a donor cornea that has been carefully selected to match the size and shape of the patient's eye. The new cornea is then stitched into place and the patient is monitored closely during the healing process.Learn More
Strabismus surgery is a procedure used to correct misaligned eyes, which can cause double vision, difficulty with depth perception, and other visual problems. The surgery involves adjusting the muscles that control eye movement to bring the eyes into proper alignment. This can be done on one or both eyes, and recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the surgery.Learn More
Glaucoma surgery is a procedure performed to reduce pressure inside the eye and prevent damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss. Our surgeon will discuss the best type of surgery for you. Some surgeries involve creating a new drainage channel to allow fluid to flow out of the eye more easily. Other types of glaucoma surgery include implanting a drainage device or using lasers to treat the drainage system. Common Glaucoma surgeries performed at Northern Plains Surgery Center include Selective laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), Yag PI (Laser peripheral iridotomy), Cyclophotocoagulation Laser (CPC), Endoscopic cycolphotocoagulation (ECP), stents, shunts, goniotomy procedures, and Trabeculectomy.Learn More
Within one week of your procedure, you can expect a call from our pre-operative specialist to review a variety of reminders and instructions. They will discuss with you the surgery and arrival time, eating and drinking restrictions and any other instructions related to your specific procedure. Our pre-operative specialists are happy to answer any remaining questions you may have and will make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for your upcoming surgery.Download our Patient Brochure
Follow the appropriate fasting instructions provided during your pre-operative phone call. Depending on the type and time of your procedure, you may be asked to refrain from eating and drinking anything after midnight.
At the time of scheduling the procedure, you will likely receive a surgery folder containing post-op appointment information and a yellow anesthesia form. Please fill out the yellow anesthesia form and bring it with you on the day of surgery day.
If you are undergoing an elective procedure or are opting into an upgraded, non-covered service package, please be aware that we will collect payment at check-in.
Please have a driver accompany you to and from your surgery. They may stay with you for the duration of your surgery, which may be anywhere from 2.5 – 4 hours including pre-op and post-op. They may also leave a phone number and our team will contact them when they need to return to the facility.