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Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: Is There A Stigma? - Dr. Podkameni

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Dr. David Podkameni explains the stigma surrounding childhood obesity and adolescent bariatric surgery. Dr. Podkameni is the medical director at the Banner Gateway Bariatric Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

Dr. Podkameni:
Social acceptance of obesity did not change over the past few years. It’s still a stigma and a social problem in not just in our country, but in the world. In terms of adolescent approach to surgery, yes it did change a bit, not that much yet, but especially knowing and showing that there is an extreme failure in terms of medical management of obesity and showing that those adolescence will be adults who are obese, it did change the approach over the past few years.

More bariatric procedures have been done for adolescence now a days than ten years ago especially because we have an increase in obesity, a tremendous increase in obesity in our adolescent population. If you compare 1976 to 1982 – that period of time to 2003 to 2006, there is triple the amount of obese kids.

About Dr. David Podkameni, M.D.:
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Podkameni started his general surgery training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in 1996. He then returned to Brazil, where he became board certified in general and pediatric surgery. Dr. Podkameni finished his minimally invasive/laparoscopy training at the Cleveland Clinic in 2004. He serves as medical director of the Banner Gateway Bariatric Center. Dr. Podkameni specializes in Bariatric Surgery and General Surgery.

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Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese

Related Terms: Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, Obese Family History, Weight Loss, Nutrition, BMI, Body Mass Index

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center

Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234

Expert: Dr. David Podkameni, Dr. Podkameni, Bariatric Surgery David Podkameni, Doctor Podkameni, David Podkameni, M.D.

Expertise: Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adrenalectomy, Splenectomy, Cholecystectomy, Pediatric Surgery

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