2011-07-07 / Local & State

First Gastric Banding Surgery Performed At FCMC

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From left: Anuj Prashar, D.O. and Dr. Jeffrey Small, D.O. with the first gastric banding patient at Fulton County Medical Center, Jessica Koether. From left: Anuj Prashar, D.O. and Dr. Jeffrey Small, D.O. with the first gastric banding patient at Fulton County Medical Center, Jessica Koether. Central PA Surgical Associates Ltd. of Harrisburg performed its first gastric banding surgery last week at Fulton County Medical Center.

Dr. Jeffrey Small performed the surgery with assistance from fellow group physician Anuj Prashar, D.O. In talking about the surgery, Small stated “We are very excited to provide this service to the residents of Fulton County. We look forward to continuing gastric banding well into the future. The surgery is a lifechanging event, and the process leading up to the surgery can take anywhere from seven to nine months depending on the patients insurance.”

The lap- band adjustable gastric banding system reduces the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. This helps one gradually lose weight and keep it off. Performing thousands of cases, the Harrisburg based group has one of the lowest complication rates in the nation. They have two centers of excellence already and hope for FCMC to become their third. There are only 14 centers of excellence currently state-wide.

Central Penn Surgical Associates Ltd. has been seeing patients at FCMC since November of 2006. Their patient case loads involve a wide variety of general surgery procedures, including various hernia repairs, gallbladder removal, diagnostic endoscopy, advanced laparoscopic and laparoscopic surgery and now bariatric banding. The physician practice consists of Medical Director Matthew Davidson, D.O., Luciano (Lou) DiMarco, D. O., F. A. C. O. S., Anuj Prashar, D. O., Justin Rosenberger, D.O. and Jeffrey M. Small, D.O. They are available at the Specialty Services Building at 214 Peach Orchard Road, McCon-nellsburg, every Monday and Thursday. For more information concerning the lap banding procedure, visit www.wgtlossclinic.com.

The next free informational seminar will be held Monday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at the Specialty Services Building in the secondfloor conference room, the Pearl Room. Call 717-485- 6110 to register.

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