Dr. Podkameni describes the bariatric surgery options you have and explains how long the recovery generally lasts. He also discusses the risks involved with bariatric surgery. Dr. Podkameni is an experienced bariatric surgeon at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Here at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center we have three types of procedures that we do – LAP-BAND® or band placement, laparoscopic ROUX-en-Y gastric bypass, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
For the LAP-BAND® placement, the patients usually go home the same day or the very next day and they come to see us for follow up two weeks after their surgery and they will come every month or every other month for either adjustments or for checkups with nutrition with us for follow up.
For the laparoscopic ROUX-en-Y gastric bypass, patients usually stay two or three days in the hospital. They do come two weeks after their surgery. Usually they stay away from work about two to three weeks and they come every two months, the fourth month, six months and every year after that for at least five years.
And sleeve gastrectomy pretty much follows the same as the ROUX-en-Y gastric bypass where they stay for two or three days in the hospital, they come to see us two weeks after surgery, and we follow them two months, four months, six months and yearly after that.
We encourage normal physical activity after bariatric surgery right after surgery. You don’t have to wait weeks to restart physical activity. We recommend that if you are having pain, if you are having any problems in terms of lifting weight then you can wait a week or two, especially with a gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, but we encourage people to start and restart their activities right away.
One thing that I can tell you is that risks for bariatric surgery, they have been minimized over the course of the years, especially because we strive to be a Center of Excellence the risks are even less than what used to be five or ten years ago.
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.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
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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
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Expertise: Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adrenalectomy, Splenectomy, Cholecystectomy, Pediatric Surgery