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Surgery

Having surgery is a major event in your life. We know this and make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible, focusing on you as an individual. Our surgeons and staff work as a coordinated team treating a wide variety of illnesses ranging from simple to complex. We offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and service to every patient.

In The News

La Crosse hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in La Crosse has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021
Eau Claire hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in Eau Claire has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021
$4.5 million surgical expansion nears completion in New Prague

The initial phase of a major surgery expansion and renovation project in New Prague that began in 2020 is complete, allowing more patients with complex surgical needs to receive high-quality care c...

November 5, 2021

From The Blog

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Could your leg pain be varicose veins?

If you feel an achy, heavy or a burning sensation in your legs, you may have varicose veins. They're more than a cosmetic concern. Get information on the minimally invasive treatment options to ease pain.

Christopher Huiras MD By Christopher Huiras April 5, 2022
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Preparing for surgery? What you need to know

If you need surgery, feeling anxious is normal. Review 6 common Q&A to help you feel more comfortable and prepared.

Liz Cumberland CNP By Liz Cumberland March 9, 2022
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6 varicose vein myths debunked

You may think you know why varicose veins develop, who's most at risk or the best treatment. Here's the truth behind 6 common varicose vein myths.

Kendra Kamlitz MD By Kendra Kamlitz February 23, 2022
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Treatment options for inguinal hernia repair

An inguinal hernia isn't necessarily dangerous, but it doesn't improve on its own and can lead to life-threatening complications. Learn about the two general types of treatment options for this common condition.

Christopher Johnson, M.D. By Christopher Johnson February 18, 2022
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Robotic surgery increases precision, shortens recovery

Robotic surgery has become increasingly popular in the U.S. with good reason. It combines increased surgical precision and flexibility with shorter recovery time and less pain. Find out if it's a good option for you.

Jared Slater MD By Jared Slater January 5, 2022
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Preparing for your breast biopsy

If you need a breast biopsy after a breast exam indicates additional follow-up is required, it’s normal to feel anxious. Ease your mind with what you need to know and how to prepare.

Kendra Kamlitz MD By Kendra Kamlitz August 17, 2021
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Standing all day at work? 7 tips to lower varicose vein risk

Many jobs require standing most of the day, increasing the risk for varicose veins. Get 7 tips to ease symptoms and improve the health of your legs.

Jared Slater MD By Jared Slater August 11, 2021
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What you should know about minimally invasive surgery

A lot has changed in surgical practices in the last 30 years with the biggest advancements in minimally invasive techniques. If you are facing the prospect of surgery, here's what you should know.

Hyun Kim MD By Hyun Kim January 26, 2021
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Quick action saves women after accidental shooting

Rachel Hershman was only four blocks from the hospital when she was hit by a stray bullet. Months later, she is thankful for the quick, expert emergency care she received.

January 13, 2021
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Why Jim Benjamin is grateful for popcorn

Jim found a reason to be grateful in each step of his unexpected path to Mayo Clinic Health System and a better option to recover from kidney cancer surgery. And at the top of his list is popcorn.

December 10, 2020
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Surgery safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how surgery is approached. Learn about safety precautions used in hospitals, and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

December 2, 2020
Provider discussing breast cancer surgical options

Surgical options to remove breast cancer

Surgery often is part of breast cancer treatment plans. Learn about the two main surgical procedures and the reasons why your surgeon may recommend one options over the other for you.

M Kathleen Christian MD By M. Kathleen Christian October 27, 2020