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Banner Estrella in Phoenix offering bariatric surgery services

Banner Estrella Medical Center in west Phoenix is adding new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese.

The 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.

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

“Effective weight loss surgery is life-changing, allowing these patients to enjoy a more active lifestyle and positive self-image,” said Deb Krmpotic, CEO of Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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 visit

Banner Estrella Medical Center is at Thoms Road, just east of the Loop 101 freeway.

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