Surgical Associates remains dedicated to our community and patients in Wausau and throughout the Region. Our patients, their families, and our employees’ safety remain the focus of our practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy which is why we had added additional measures to our existing processes. We have implemented the following and ask that you partner with us in helping reduce the spread of infectious disease:

  • We continue to make this a comfortable experience as you have your procedure with us. However, due to COVID-19 we have had to adjust our visitor policy as we work to keep you and your family safe.
  • When you arrive at our office one of our staff will bring you back to the procedure area.
  • Our waiting room is currently closed. Throughout the day our staff will keep your family updated.
  • Your provider will call your family following the procedure to give an update and the time to return to pick you up.
  • When your family returns, we review discharge instructions and do all educational teaching in person.

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgerybariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc.

Surgical Associates remains dedicated to our community and patients in Wausau and throughout the Region. Our patients, their families, and our employees’ safety remain the focus of our practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy which is why we had added additional measures to our existing processes. We have implemented the following and ask that you partner with us in helping reduce the spread of infectious disease:

  • If you or a family member are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19, we may ask to reschedule your visit.
    • If the type of visit requires you to be seen in our clinic, you will be seen by a Provider.
  • If you feel uncomfortable coming to our clinic, doctor phone calls and telehealth are available.
  • Please wear a mask when you come to your appointment or procedure.
  • Hand sanitizer and masks are available throughout the clinic for all.
  • We continue to clean equipment and rooms between each patient and have added additional sanitation measures to all our public areas.
    • Please do not sit on a chair that may be wet. Some of the cleaning products we use may contain bleach.
  • Please come alone to your appointment and no more than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
    • No visitors will be allowed unless the visitor is a minor or power of attorney

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgerybariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc.

Anna Wicklund, N.P., to also play key role in the development of group’s new “Longevity Clinic”

 

WAUSAU, WI – Surgical Associates, S.C. is thrilled to announce the addition of Anna Wicklund, N.P., to its Aesthetics/Plastic Surgery team. Wicklund has been specializing in aesthetics and facial rejuvenation in North Central Wisconsin for three years, treating patients with Botox injections and other cosmetic care.

Wicklund joins plastic surgeon Dr. Alexey Markelov and aesthetician Julie Kubat of Surgical Associates and Elevé MedSpa, expanding the reach of her services to more local communities throughout North Central Wisconsin. In addition to Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Rhinelander, Wicklund will be seeing patients every Friday at Aspirus Woodruff Clinic, ready to care for those starting their weekend “up north.”

“While I specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as facial aesthetics, I enjoy treating patients holistically, ensuring their mind, body and soul are optimized to their fullest potential,” explained Wicklund. “Helping patients achieve an inner sense of well-being, increase self-esteem and improve their quality of life are priorities for me.”

Wicklund earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI and her master’s of science degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, WI.  She is an active member of the Wisconsin Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses.

Wicklund will also work closely with the surgeons at Surgical Associates to develop a “Longevity Clinic” in Wausau to help promote maximum physical and mental well-being among patients. The program includes a personal assessment that reveals a patient’s “biologic age,” a unique approach to health care that will be the first of its kind in the Wausau region. Surgical Associates plans to open the clinic to patients within the next few months.

“I am passionate about educating and empowering patients to make informed decisions to best meet their individualized health care goals—from improving their current health, to managing chronic disease, to preventing future ailments entirely,” said Wicklund.

To learn more about nurse practitioner Anna Wicklund, visit sawisconsin.com. To schedule a consult or treatment, call 715-847-2022.

 

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Surgical Associates is a proud member of Aspirus Network Inc.

 

About Elevé MedSpa:

Inspired and supported by established professionals in the medical industry, Elevé MedSpa is committed to providing the most effective and trusted non-surgical cosmetic treatments that help patients achieve their personal best. From CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure, to skin rejuvenation, Elevé delivers age-defying radiance at any stage of life. The MedSpa works with patients to achieve their goals while keeping comfort its top priority. For more information, visit https://elevemedspa.com/

 

 

Surgical Associates remains dedicated to keeping patients, their families and its medical staff safe and healthy amid the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. To limit the exposure risk of everyone involved, Surgical Associates is maximizing the use of telehealth technology to keep patients home and prevent the spread of the virus.

To maintain patients’ quality of life as much as possible, all Surgical Associates surgeons will be available to patients via video appointments.

Using Surgical Associates’ telehealth services, a patient can connect with his or her surgeon through a smartphone, tablet or computer and experience a face-to-face, real-time conversation. Similar to Skype or FaceTime, telehealth includes added security measures to protect a patient’s privacy. Discussions about care and treatment options are handled just like an in-person visit.

Telehealth appointments allow patients to follow “Stay at Home” orders in Wisconsin and Michigan without losing access to the personable, patient-focused care at Surgical Associates.

 

Meeting a Surgical Associates surgeon online is easy and convenient.

  • No download is required: Patients don’t need to create an account or download software. All that’s required is a computer, phone or smart device with a camera, microphone and internet connection.
  • The process is simple: After scheduling a telehealth visit, patients will be sent a hyperlink to enter Surgical Associates’ virtual waiting room at the time of their appointment. A button linked to the virtual waiting room can also be found on the Surgical Associates website homepage.

 

All video appointments are private and secure. Data is encrypted, sessions are anonymous and a patient’s information isn’t stored by the website. The entire process adheres to HIPAA, PIPEDA and GDPR data privacy requirements.

To request a telehealth appointment, call Surgical Associates at 1-888-278-3795.

 

Please note:

  • Telehealth visits are ONLY a viable option for patients who are medically stable and do not require immediate assistance.
  • Telehealth visits are considered a regular health care service and will cost the same as a traditional visit. In most cases, an appointment should be billable to a patient’s health insurance provider without issue.

 


About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

Notice to Patients

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO OUR VISITATION POLICY, EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, MARCH 19

To help ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak, effective Thursday, March 19, no visitors will be allowed with patients unless the visitor is a minor or power of attorney.

Our team is continually monitoring the coronavirus situation throughout the region and is committed to keeping our doors open and providing exceptional care to our patients.

Surgical Associates S.C.

2400 Pine Ridge Blvd
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715.847.2022

 

 

Notice to Patients

A letter to our patients and community:

Surgical Associates remains dedicated to our community and patients in Wausau and throughout the Region. Our patients and their families remain the focus of our practice throughout the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy which is why we have implemented additional measures along with our existing processes. Our focus is reducing the spread of infectious disease through these measures:

  • We will be calling our patients regarding potential illness in the home.
    • If you or a family member are ill, depending on the symptoms and type of appointment we may ask to reschedule if visit is non-urgent.
    • If the type of visit requires you to be seen in our clinic, you will be seen by a Provider.
    • If there is an illness in your household, an option may be a Doctor phone call.
  • If you arrive at our clinic with symptoms, please inform our receptionist we will ask you to put on a mask.
  • If you are seen in the clinic and need follow-up appointments or surgeries, you will be called by one of our schedulers within 24 hours.
  • We continue to clean equipment and rooms between each patient and have added additional sanitation measures to all our public areas. The entire clinic will periodically be getting a special cleaning.
  • We also ask that when come to your visit you are accompanied by no more than one person.
  • Staff continues to take appropriate hygiene precautions.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer continue to be available throughout the clinic for all.

Our team is continually monitoring the Coronavirus situation throughout the region and are committed to keeping our doors open and providing exceptional care to our patients.

 

Surgical Associates S.C.

2400 Pine Ridge Blvd
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715.847.2022

Surgical Associates performs colonoscopies at three convenient locations

 

The colon and rectum are both part of the large intestine and make up the final section of your digestive system. The food we eat mixes with digestive juices in the stomach, nutrients are absorbed by the walls of the small intestine and waste is then stored and evacuated from the large intestine.

Cancer occurs in the colon or rectum when cells multiply abnormally, dividing without control or order. Almost all cases begin as tiny growths, called polyps, inside the colon and typically develop into cancer slowly, usually over years.

The lifetime chance of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women. And while it’s the second leading cause of death among cancers that affect both men and women, it can also be prevented entirely by catching precancerous polyps before they turn cancerous.

In fact, research shows if patients followed recommended screening guidelines, more than 60 percent of all colorectal cancers could be prevented.

 

Who’s at risk for colorectal cancer?

Although the exact causes of colorectal cancer are not yet determined, studies show that certain factors are linked to an increased risk.

According to the American Cancer Society, you are considered at higher risk for colorectal cancer if you have:

  • A family history of colon cancer or certain types of polyps
  • A personal history of colon cancer or certain types of polyps
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • A family history of a hereditary colon cancer syndrome like familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome
  • A personal history of getting radiation to the abdomen or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer

 

Screening

Regular screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening tests for colorectal cancer aim to find polyps and diagnose cancer at a very early stage, when it has the best chance of being cured.

The most common form of colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy.

During the procedure, a highly-skilled surgeon will guide a thin, flexible camera into the colon through the rectum. The scope inflates the colon with air to give the surgeon a better view. If any polyps are found during your colonoscopy, they will be removed and sent away for testing. The surgeon will also remove any other abnormal tissue that may warrant a biopsy. For most patients, the procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on whether any polyps are removed.

Men and women at average risk should have the procedure every 10 years, beginning at age 50. If you are at greater risk, you may need to be screened at an earlier age and/or more often.

Other important ways to lower your risk of colorectal cancer include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes on most days
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Avoiding excess alcohol intake
  • Limiting your consumption of red and processed meats
  • Quitting smoking

 

Know the warning signs

In addition to routine screenings, it’s important to be aware of unexplained changes in your body. Early detection means cancer treatment can be less aggressive and is more likely to be successful.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer symptoms include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that’s not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding with bright red blood
  • Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

 

Expert colorectal care. Close to home.

Call 1-888-278-3795 to schedule a colonoscopy at any of Surgical Associates’ convenient screening locations.


Meet the Specialists Performing Colonoscopies at Surgical Associates

 

Dr. Alexey Markelov brings experience and skill in aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery, facial rejuvenation and body contouring

 

WAUSAU, WI – Surgical Associates, S.C. is pleased to announce the addition of a plastic surgeon to its primary clinic and Elevé MedSpa, both currently at the same location in Wausau. Dr. Alexey Markelov, who is now seeing patients, is a board-certified aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon and facial rejuvenation and body-contouring specialist.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Markelov to the Surgical Associates team,” said CEO Mike Murphy.  “He’s an impressive plastic surgeon who shares the vision and values of our expanding practice. His long history of awards and recognition in the field speaks for itself.  Dr. Markelov will be a great asset to Surgical Associates, as his expertise broadens our ability to care for the community.”

After earning his medical degree from Astana Medical University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Dr. Markelov came to the U.S. for his general surgery residency at Easton Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine.  Following that, he completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before going on to serve as a plastic surgeon at North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Amid extensive training with global innovators in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Markelov has refined surgical skills in all aspects of facial surgery, breast augmentation and reduction, and body sculpting. His clinical interests also include hand and wrist surgery, facial rejuvenation and anti-aging therapies.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to work with Surgical Associates’ talented and compassionate team of providers,” said Dr. Markelov. “By bringing advanced aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery services to Northcentral Wisconsin, I hope to restore my patients’ confidence and quality of life.  This goal is made possible by the advanced technology and patient-centered model of care at Surgical Associates.”

Dr. Markelov has been the recipient of both the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching and the Golden Apple Teaching Award from Drexel University College of Medicine. His quality of care was also recognized by the Patients’ Choice Award in 2012.

As a teacher in the field of medical science, Dr. Markelov holds a Clinical Assistant Professor position at Ohio State University School of Medicine. Published extensively in the fields of plastic and general surgery, his work has appeared in more than 50 scientific publications. Dr. Markelov has also delivered presentations at regional, national and international meetings.

To learn more about Dr. Markelov, visit sawisconsin.com. To schedule a consult or treatment, call 715-847-2022.

 

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

About Elevé MedSpa:

Inspired and supported by established professionals in the medical industry, Elevé MedSpa is committed to providing the most effective and trusted non-surgical cosmetic treatments that help patients achieve their personal best. From CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure, to skin rejuvenation, Elevé delivers age-defying radiance at any stage of life. The MedSpa works with patients to achieve their goals while keeping comfort its top priority. For more information, visit https://elevemedspa.com/

New minimally invasive procedure prevents strokes

 

Surgical Associates, S.C. is the first in the region to treat carotid artery disease and prevent future strokes using a new procedure called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). TCAR (tee-kahr) is a clinically proven, minimally invasive and safe approach for high surgical risk patients who need carotid artery treatment.

Carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque, in the two main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. If left untreated, carotid artery disease can often lead to stroke; it is estimated to be the source of stroke in up to a third of cases, with 427,000 new diagnoses of the disease made every year in the U.S. alone.

TCAR is unique in that blood flow is temporarily reversed during the procedure so that any small bits of plaque that may break off are diverted away from the brain, preventing a stroke from happening. A stent is then placed inside the artery to stabilize the plaque, minimizing the risk of a future stroke.

 

“Surgical Associates is proud to offer this revolutionary, lifesaving procedure to high surgical risk patients across Northcentral Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Surgical Associates CEO Mike Murphy. “With faster patient recovery and stroke rates being reported as low as 1.4 percent in trials, TCAR represents innovation poised to be the future of carotid artery repair.”

 

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, and bariatric surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several Northcentral Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

About TCAR

The TCAR procedure was developed by Sunnyvale, California-based Silk Road Medical, Inc. and includes the ENROUTE® Transcarotid Neuroprotection (NPS) and Stent System –the first devices designed and FDA-approved specifically for TCAR.Over 10,000 TCAR procedures have been performed worldwide through clinical trial and commercial use. TCAR has been studied extensively, and the clinical data have been excellent. Additional information about TCAR is available at http://silkroadmed.com/disease-and-treatment-options/

Event will introduce plastic surgeon Dr. Alexey Markelov and highlight Elevé MedSpa services

 

Surgical Associates, S.C. is hosting a Plastic Surgery and Elevé MedSpa Open House Wednesday, November 13 to introduce the community to new surgeon Dr. Alexey Markelov and the services he provides. The event is set to run between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Surgical Associates’ primary location in Wausau, 2400 Pine Ridge Blvd.

A board-certified aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon and facial rejuvenation and body-contouring specialist, Dr. Markelov will speak about several of his most popular procedures, including Botox, filler injections, lifts and tucks.

Attendees also have the chance to learn about the non-surgical cosmetic treatments and clinical skin care products offered at Elevé MedSpa, a new division of Surgical Associates.

The event includes live hydrafacial demonstrations, complimentary refreshments, drawings for MedSpa products and services, and exclusive savings on treatments. Both Dr. Markelov and Elevé MedSpa’s staff will be available to answer questions, and appointments can be scheduled for as early as January 2020.

Surgical Associates’ Plastic Surgery and Elevé MedSpa Open House is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 1-888-278-3795.

 

About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, and bariatric surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit https://sawisconsin.com/

 

About Elevé MedSpa:

Inspired and supported by established professionals in the medical industry, Elevé MedSpa is committed to providing the most effective and trusted non-surgical cosmetic treatments that help patients achieve their personal best. From CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure, to skin rejuvenation, Elevé delivers age-defying radiance at any stage of life. The MedSpa works with patients to achieve their goals while keeping comfort its top priority. For more information, visit https://elevemedspa.com/