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Bariatric Surgery Support Groups: Does Banner Gateway Bariatric Center Offer These? - Dr. Podkameni

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Dr. David Podkameni shares if Banner Gateway Bariatric Center offers support groups for patients. Dr. Podkameni is medical director at the Banner Gateway Bariatric Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

Dr. Podkameni:
Here at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center we have essentially two support groups – one is a psychological support group and the other one is the nutritionist or nutritional support group. So both groups are extremely involved and we follow those patients, and they are actually open to patients from other programs and we saw an increase in numbers from other programs that unfortunately don’t follow the patients or don’t have a support group, patients who come here for that support.

Patients who are involved in support groups, they usually tend to take care of themselves better. They are more worried about their condition. So they do have a success rate that is higher than patients who are not involved in support groups, and that’s why at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center we have support groups, psychological and nutritional support groups because our success rate is our patient’s success rate.

My name is David Podkameni. I am the Medical Director for the Bariatric Center here at Banner Gateway and if you or someone from your family is looking for bariatric facility or bariatric surgery, I will be more than happy to help you through and guide you through this journey.

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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