"The surgery is not magic," said Dr. Daniel Margo, of Itasca Surgical Clinic who performs the LAP-BAND surgery at Deer River HealthCare Center (DRHC).
"The beauty of the LAP-BAND System is that it is safe, adjustable and reversible," said Margo
The second appointment is with Dr. Margo
to determine if the individual meets the qualifications for laparoscopic gastric banding.
Going forward, a patient will meet with the DRHC
bariatric team which includes: dietician, psychologist, physical therapist, respiratory therapist and insurance consultant.
"I met with all members of the team to make sure I was healthy enough for the surgery, but most important was determining if I was really committed to changing my lifestyle," said Kebart.
"I keep myself on track by attending the DRHC support group for those who have had the LAP-BAND surgery and those who are preparing to have the surgery."
, age 43, attended training in the LAP-BAND System through a physician's educational course offered by BioEnterics.
performed several of these procedures with Dr. Peter Billing, a bariatric surgeon trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
received further training this past summer with Dr. Santiago Horgan in Chicago and Dr. Emma J. Patterson a leading bariatric surgeon in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Horgan, one of the first surgeons to be trained in the use of LAP-BAND System and director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at the University of Illinois, also came to Deer River HealthCare Center to assist Dr. Margo in surgery.
has done well over 300 of these procedures," said Margo
In addition to LAP-BAND, Margo
also performs, TriVex a minimally invasive surgical treatment for varicose veins, and laparoscopic fundoplication, a minimally invasive treatment for acid reflux.
All three surgical procedures are offered at Deer River HealthCare Center
See your doctor for a referral, call DRHC directly at (218) 246-2900, or Dr. Margo at 327-7973 for more information.