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General Surgery

General surgery includes both minimal and extensive procedures to treat a number of conditions throughout the body. These procedures include operations for hernia, appendicitis, gallbladder disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, carpal tunnel disease, skin lesions and tumors.


Endoscopy is a special test to look inside part of the body using a tiny video camera. Our staff has years of experience in both colonoscopy (looking inside the colon) and upper GI endoscopy (looking inside the upper part of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum). Endoscopy is a key part of diagnosing and treating upper gastrointestinal and colon diseases.

Breast Evaluation & Management

Careful screening remains essential in the management of breast disease. Multiple new biopsy techniques are available to evaluate breast abnormalities. The Itasca Surgical Clinic provides patients with open access to these options. 

Breast cancer remains one of the most common cancers in women. New and minimally invasive techniques are available for the aggressive treatment of this disease. Recent scientific research has proven great benefit to a technique known as "sentinel lymph node biopsy". We have been able to implement this technique at an advanced, state of the art, level for the Itasca regional community.

These new techniques allow careful complete treatment, while reducing recovery time and post-operative complications.

Colon Evaluation & Management

The practice of general surgery involves the care of colon problems including colon cancers. Colon cancer is now understood to be one of the more preventable of cancers seen in the United States. Careful screening and early detection of colon cancers are essential to the success of the treatment. Dr. Margo performs colonoscopic examinations at the Lakewood Surgery Center and at several hospitals in the Itasca region. 

For information about colon evaluation and treatment, please contact us at 218.327.7973. 

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is sometimes called "weight loss surgery". It involves changing the stomach and digestive system to modify hunger and eating patterns. This can be a very effective tool to help patients manage their weight. Dr. Margo has a special interest and expertise in the Lap-Band operation. The Lap-Band is a minimally invasive alternative for the surgical treatment of obesity.

Dr. Margo performs Lap-Band surgeries at the Deer River HealthCare Center in Deer River, Minnesota. In partnership with this hospital, we have performed over 300 Lap-Band procedures. To learn more about our bariatric program, support group meetings, informational seminars and patient testimonials, visit

For general information about Lap-Band surgery, visit


Dr. Margo and the team of providers at Itasca Surgical Clinic provide primary dermatology cares. 

For information regarding our dermatology services, please contact us at 218.327.7973. 

Lesion Care

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