SOURCE: Portrait Health Centers

Portrait Health Centers

May 01, 2012 10:00 ET

Portrait Health Centers Provides Psychological and Nutritional Evaluations for Diabetic Patients Considering Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery

BUFFALO GROVE, IL--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Portrait Health Centers of Buffalo Grove has introduced a program to establish eligibility for adults who are seeking surgical procedures to remedy obesity and the resulting adult onset of Type II Diabetes. According to reports, physicians have reported that their diabetic patients who have undergone gastric bypass and other bariatric procedures are in a state of remission, and essentially have the same clinical findings as non-diabetics.

All patients who seek surgical measures as a treatment for obesity and diabetes require a comprehensive psychological and nutritional evaluation. Dr. Jack Maggiore, Director of Healthcare at Portrait Health Centers, explains, "Establishing eligibility as candidates for bariatric procedures includes the need for an evaluation with a licensed psychological professional and an assessment by a licensed dietetic professional. Combined, these clinicians help to identify issues that may lead to unfavorable outcomes and could provide therapies to help overcome any sources of concern. Portrait Health Centers uses this team approach in providing these assessments in a single, 2-hour office visit."

Meeting with a surgeon can be a scary first step. Portrait Health Centers' psychologists and registered dietitians make each evaluation a learning experience for the patient. By helping each patient fully understand what is involved in the procedure and what outcomes can be reasonably expected, understanding replaces fear and helps each patient develop appropriate expectations.

Henry Warner, President of Portrait Health, explains, "Bariatric Surgeons cannot effectively do their jobs unless surgical candidates are prepared and qualified for surgery. By providing these eligibility assessments in mental health and nutrition, Portrait Health is able to streamline the qualification process while educating the patient, which ultimately will lead to improved patient outcomes."

About Portrait Health Centers:

Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty evaluation centers that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis. Portrait Health Centers specializes in diagnosing and treating attention deficit, behavioral and learning disorders, and evaluates patients for specialized treatments including bariatric procedures for weight loss and diabetes.

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