Surgical Services Stevens Point

Meet Our Surgeons in Stevens Point

For a list of Ministry Medical Group surgeons, click here

Welcome to Ministry Medical Group Surgery in Stevens Point
Where a tradition of compassion meets leading-edge technology

For more than a century, the hospitals and clinics in Ministry Health Care have been providing the Stevens Point and greater Portage County area with quality, compassionate health care to individuals of all ages.

Throughout this time, surgery has played an important role in keeping our families, neighbors and friends healthy. Our surgeons and facilities are continuously evolving to stay current with the latest techniques, procedures and technologies.

If you or a loved one is considering surgery, take a moment to explore our web site and see how Ministry Medical Group can make it less stressful.

Surgical Expertise

Caring for you from diagnosis through treatment and recovery

There are many different types of surgery. At Ministry Medical Group, we have experts in:

    General Surgery
    Vascular Surgery
    Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Specialty Services 

General Surgery
Our general surgeons are trained to diagnose, treat and manage patients with a broad range of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. They have the knowledge and training to manage conditions related to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities and the gastrointestinal, vascular and endocrine systems. In addition, our general surgeons manage trauma victims and critically ill patients.

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery encompasses surgical care for patients with diseases that affect the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems (not including the heart and brain). Blocked or hardening arteries or atherosclerosis is the most common cause of vascular disease. Our surgeons with vascular training treat problems such as stroke prevention due to blocked arteries, poor circulation in the limbs, vascular trauma and varicose veins. Our surgeons are board-certified in general surgery and have completed additional training and testing in vascular surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is a technique aimed to produce the least amount of trauma to the body. Laparoscopic surgeries fall under this category.

Specialty Services

Specialized departments have surgeons who have completed additional surgical training in their respective fields. Ministry Medical Group's specialists have completed training in the following areas:

  • Dermatology
  • Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology

Surgeries We Perform

Ministry Medical Group surgeons are skilled in a wide range of common and specialized surgeries.

From time-tested surgical techniques to the latest minimally-invasive technology, Ministry Medical Group surgeons meet each patient's needs with skill and precision. Our surgeons care for children and adults of all ages, whether you need a minor procedure done in the doctor's office, or a major life-saving surgery. And when emergency strikes, our surgeons are ready. 

Some surgeries we perform:

  • Adrenal surgery
  • Anorectal procedures (hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures)
  • Antireflux procedures
  • Appendectomy (open and laparoscopic)
  • Bowel/colon surgery (open and laparoscopic, for benign and malignant disease)
  • Breast surgery (for benign and malignant disease)
  • Cancer surveillance care
  • Carotid surgery
  • Carpal tunnel surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gallbladder surgery (open and laparoscopic)
  • Hernia surgery (open and laparoscopic)
  • Kidney surgery
  • Laparoscopic nissen
  • Melanoma surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
    • Appendectomy
    • Pyloric stenosis repair
    • Hernia repair
    • Intussuception
  • Port access
  • Soft tissue procedures
    • Ganglion cysts
    • Lipomas
    • Pilonidal cysts
    • Sebaceous cysts
  • Splenectomy (open and laparoscopic)
  • Thoracotomy (Lung surgery)
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Varicose vein laser surgery and sclerotherapy
  • Vascular surgery
    • Carotid endarterectomy
    • Aortic aneurysm
    • Lower extremity bypass
    • Dialysis access
    • Amputation
  • Wound care
  • Abdominal Wall:  Any type of hernia, as well as masses benign and malignant 
  • Biliary: Gallbladder and bile duct disorders 
  • Breast:  Any disorder of the breast including benign disease and cancer 
  • Chest:  Lung masses, pneumothorax, decortications for empyema, pleural effusions
  • Colon/Appendix: All disorders benign and malignant 
  • Gastrointestinal: Feeding tubes added to GI procedures 
  • Esophagus: GERD {Nissen fundoplication}, Zenker’s diverticulum, epiphrenic diverticulum, etc. 
  • Endocrine:  Adrenal masses in addition to thyroid and parathyroid listed above-benign and malignant       
  • Endoscopy:  Diagnostic and therapeutic EGD & Colonoscopy (dilatations, removal of foreign bodies, etc.) 
  • Minimally invasive Laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures  
  • Complex hernia repair 
  • Neck:  Thyroid. Parathyroid, lymph node bx, throglossal duct cysts, brachial cleft cyst 
  • Rectum/Anus:  All disorders benign and malignant (including hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, etc.) 
  • Skin lesions/masses: (including melanoma) 
  • Small intestine:  All disorders benign and malignant 
  • Stomach:  All disorders benign or malignant 
  • Spleen:  All disorders benign and malignant 
  • Varicose veins:  (sclerotherapy and surgical options) 
  • Vascular access for chemo, blood draws or dialysis 
  • Wound care:  Including complex wounds and skin grafts 

Meet Our Surgeons

Jay Rusek, MD  has been in surgical practice since 1992. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed his internship and residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. In his spare time Dr. Rusek enjoys spending time with his family.

Christopher "Kit" Swiecki started his career as a General Surgeon in the United States Army and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He received his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Dr. Swiecki enjoys coaching his kids’ soccer teams, running, and spending time with his family on RV trips.

Pediatric Surgery

Special surgical care for our youngest patients.

Ministry Medical Group surgeons are skilled in caring for people of all ages - including children. Some surgeries, such as an appendectomy (appendix removal) or hernia repair, are not uncommon in kids and are often performed at Mercy Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital. Our pediatric units supply loving care for your child's recovery.

Common Pediatric Surgeries:

  •     Appendectomy
  •     Pyloric stenosis repair
  •     Hernia repair
  •     Intussuception

Your Surgical Stay

From same-day procedures to long-term hospital stays, Ministry Medical Group is committed to your health and comfort

Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient surgery, sometimes called ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery, allows the patient to return home on the same day. If you are having an elected procedure, most likely it will be performed in an outpatient setting, and may occur in a doctor’s office, rather than an operating room.

Most patients undergoing an outpatient procedure need to arrive one to two hours prior to surgery. During this time, preparatory paperwork, shots and antibiotics are administered. If complications happen during the operation, the surgeon may admit you to the hospital for observation.

Inpatient Surgery

If you require inpatient surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for at least one night. This stay allows the surgeon to observe you for any complications from the surgery.

There are steps you can take to make your overnight stay more comfortable. You can bring your own pillow, a book, magazines and even an MP3 player.  Wireless internet access is available in the hospital.  Before your surgery, talk with your doctor and the nursing staff about items you would like to bring for your stay.


There are two types of anesthesia: general and local. General anesthesia fully “knocks out” the patients so they are unconscious during the operation. Local anesthesia is administered to the area of the body undergoing the procedure. The patient is usually awake with local anesthesia.

An anesthesiologist administers anesthesia via an intravenous (IV) drip or through a mask. The anesthesiologist is specially trained to determine which drugs are appropriate for you and in what amounts. He or she has a medical degree in anesthesiology and has completed a residency.

Before your procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, hard candies and water, 12 hours prior to surgery. Food and drink interfere with the effectiveness of anesthesia. If you inadvertently eat or drink before your surgery, please tell your nurse immediately.

After your procedure

After your procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room. Here you will gradually regain consciousness with the supervision of the anesthesiologist and the nurse anesthetist. Most patients remain in the recovery room for an hour. After your stay in the recovery room you will:

Outpatients: be given specific instructions about recuperation at home, including medications and follow-up care.

Inpatients: be moved to a designated patient room where you will be observed for changes (both good and bad) in your recuperation.

During your hospital stay, you will be seen by a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who is solely devoted to the patients in a hospital. He or she does not have a private practice and coordinates patient care from admission to discharge. The hospitalist works with your primary care physician and specialists on treatment options and questions about your care.

Choosing a Surgeon

Ministry Medical Group surgeons are highly trained and compassionate.

Deciding to undergo surgery is an important decision for any individual and their loved ones. Before you make your decision, do a little research about the procedure and ask questions about who will perform the surgery, their credentials and talk about concerns you may have.


In order to practice medicine, all surgeons must carry a valid medical license in the state which they practice.

If a surgeon is “board-certified,” he or she has completed a defined standard of education, knowledge and training specific to an area of medicine. This is a voluntary credential completed by the individual surgeon and is governed by the American Board of Surgery.

Surgeons who are board-certified in pediatric surgery, vascular surgery and surgical critical care carry an additional certification from the American Board of Surgery.  They hold certification in general surgery and their respective specialty.

Some surgeons have the initials F.A.C.S. after their name. This indicates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. To achieve fellowship, the surgeon goes through an extensive review, both written and oral, by other surgeons in their specialty.


Ministry Health Care has two medical libraries, one n Stevens Point at Ministry's 2501 Main Building and another at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.  Our librarians can assist you with information regarding your procedure. Online resources are available on our web site by clicking here.

What should I ask the surgeon?

The surgeons with Ministry Medical Group encourage patients to ask questions. Not sure what to ask? Here is a list of commonly asked questions:

  •     What are your qualifications?
  •     Why do you recommend this procedure?
  •     Are there alternatives to surgery?
  •     How much experience do you have doing this procedure?
  •     Where will my surgery take place?
  •     How long will the procedure take?
  •     What type of anesthesia will be used?
  •     Will I need to stay at the hospital overnight?
  •     What is the recovery process?
  •     Can you mark the body part you will be operating on?

Meet our surgeons
For a list of Ministry Medical Group  surgeons, click here.

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