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Banner Estrella Medical Center offers new weight loss services

 

PHOENIX (March 12, 2014) – As the obesity rate continues to rise in the nation, Banner Estrella Medical Center will soon offer a broad range of new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese. The services will bring bariatric surgery options to Banner Estrella and serve as an extension of the distinguished bariatric program at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.

The comprehensive program will include several surgical options, along with a pre-surgical information seminar, a psychological assessment, a nutrition assessment and counseling, exercise support, insurance guidance, and support groups. The team of experts includes experienced bariatric surgeons, dietitians, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals.

West Valley patients will initially be seen at Banner Gateway Medical Center, until the Banner Estrella clinic opens in mid-May.

“As the preferred provider of surgical care in the West Valley, it makes sense for Banner Estrella to begin offering these treatment options to patients struggling with obesity,” said Deb Krmpotic, CEO of Banner Estrella Medical Center. “Effective weight loss surgery is life-changing, allowing these  patients to enjoy a more active lifestyle and positive self-image.”

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery at Banner Estrella will recover in the new patient tower at the hospital.

“Clinical studies have shown bariatric surgery to be very effective for long-term weight loss, and there are many options now available,” said Dr. David Podkameni, medical director for the bariatric surgical programs at both  Banner Estrella and Banner Gateway medical centers. “Our goal is to focus on the best option for each patient, providing them with ongoing education, treatment and support.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (480) 543-2606 or click here.

Banner Estrella Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital in west Phoenix specializing in heart care, obstetrics, surgical services, Emergency services and diagnostic imaging services. One of the first fully-digital hospitals in the country, Banner Estrella has served as a model for dozens of new hospitals built around the world since it opened in 2005. The hospital is undergoing a major expansion that will add approximately 175 additional beds, an expanded Emergency department and more beds for new moms and babies. Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states.

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