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Avera Medical Group Bariatrics Mitchell

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For more information on LAP-BAND surgery or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Haley please call 605-996-5482.

Upcoming Seminars

Seminars start at 7 pm.

Yankton - January 23, Minerva’s, 1607 East Hwy 50

Pierre - February 20, Ramkota, 920 West Sioux Ave

Aberdeen - March 27, Ramkota, 1400 8th Avenue NW

Mitchell - April 24, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, 525 North Foster

Patient Testimonial

See why Veronnica Smith chose Avera Medical Group Bariatrics Mitchell for her weight loss surgery.

LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System

Severely obese individuals who have never been able to keep pounds off with diet pills, exercise or other weight loss programs now have a minimally invasive surgery option that significantly reduces the capacity for food intake.

Is LAP-BAND® Right for Me?

If you think this might be for you, call 605-996-5482 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Haley. LAP-BAND® may be for you!

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The LAP-BAND® Procedure

In most cases, the LAP-BAND® System is put into place during a laparoscopic procedure, using general anesthesia. The procedure is performed using long, thin instruments inserted through a few tiny incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm). Often done on an outpatient basis, the surgery itself typically takes about an hour.

  • Step One: Your surgeon implants the LAP-BAND® System around the upper part of your stomach, much like a belt.
  • Step Two: A tube is then connected from the LAP-BAND® System to a small access port, fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen.
  • Step Three: After the first four to six weeks, adjustments to the LAP-BAND® System are made through the access port. This is done as needed — more frequently in the first year — to maintain optimal weight loss, by adding or removing saline solution. (Source:

For more information about the LAP-BAND® procedure, visit their website: LAP-BAND®

Success Stories

Jason Swindler 

Jason Swindler researched various procedures for three years before deciding to have the lap-banding procedure at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in 2005. “I’d yo-yo up and down and usually gained it all back plus another 20 pounds after each diet,” stated Jason. This pattern continued until Jason’s weight reached 336 pounds. Meet Jason and read how lap-band surgery at Avera Queen of Peace changed his life.

Darla Moody and Erick Hoffman

Both Darla Moody and Erick Hoffman had lap-band surgery at Avera Queen of Peace. Darla lost 85 pounds and Erick lost 90 pounds in one year. See before and after pictures and read about their lap-band weight loss success.