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Lynda's Story


Lynda after
Lynda after

Lynda before
Lynda before

I have my life back!
As long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. Even as a child it bothered me. I tried many diets over the years, but with little to no success. My blood pressure was rising and my health was declining. The final straw was when I had to buy an even larger dress size than the size 28 I was already wearing. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend more money on bigger and uglier clothes. And I didn’t want to die young. That’s when I decided to investigate Bariatric surgery.

It’s a Miracle
I had the Roux-en-Y procedure in June 2007. In the 10 months since my surgery, I have lost 126 pounds, nine dress sizes and one shoe size. I lost a whole person and 10 bags of clothes! Most importantly, I have my life and my health back. I can sit in chairs. I can fit behind the wheel of my car. I can see my feet and ankles and even touch them! I can walk up stairs without getting winded, and I have so much energy I don’t want to go to sleep at night. It’s a miracle.

Incredible Support
From the first moment I met them, the staff at the Banner Gateway Bariatric Center were so supportive. They guided me through every step of the process as I prepared for my surgery and recovery. They coached me through the lifestyle changes required by the surgery and gave me the confidence I needed to be successful. They treated me like family. I owe a big thank you to my husband and family as well. They were by my side every step of the way, encouraging me and supporting me. Bariatric surgery is a lifelong commitment and I know both my family and the Bariatric Center staff will always be there for me any time I might need them.

I owe Dr. Podkameni and the Banner Gateway Bariatric staff my life – a brand new life. I am a much happier and healthier person today. They will never truly know how much they changed my life for the better.


Banner Gateway Bariatric Center
Gateway Medical Pavilion

1920 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 543-2606

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Banner Gateway Medical Center

1900 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 543-2000
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