Welcome! Upper Mississippi Surgical is a broad spectrum hospital-based surgical practice.
Dr George Fortier is a board-certified general surgeon, certified in laparoscopic gastric
banding (Lap-Band). Procedures performed include open and laparoscopic abdominal surgeries,
advanced laparoscopic procedures, vascular, thoracic, gynecology, endocrine, trauma and
The goal of Upper Mississippi Surgical is to provide high quality surgical services in a
compassionate manner to the people of rural Minnesota. We are committed to providing
the most up-to-date, innovative, and effective surgical techniques available. Continuing
Medical Education is a high priority. Education of patients is of utmost importance and
allows patients to actively participate in their care.
The goal of the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Program is to provide a comprehensive
weight management system. Extensive pre-op and post-op education of patients is incorporated
through a multidisciplinary approach so patients can have the best possible outcome resulting
in a better quality of life and better health. Long term post-op follow-up is emphasized to allow
for the best long term results.