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Weight loss surgery helps obese man breathe again

Menaka Rao, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 05, 2013
First Published: 01:43 IST(5/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:45 IST(5/3/2013)

Doctors at a Khar hospital performed a bariatric surgery that helped an obese man in severe respiratory distress breathe freely again.

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The patient, Ishwar Bhambani, 61, a businessman from Nigeria, had come to India to attend a wedding in December. Bhambani weighed 130 kgs and had to be admitted to hospital shortly after his arrival when he complained of breathing difficulties.

“When we went for a check-up at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital at Khar, we got to know that he was not breathing properly and the carbon dioxide levels in his blood had gone up. We were told to admit him to hospital immediately,” said Bhambani’s daughter, Bhavana.

A thick chest wall was hampering his breathing, said Dr Samir Garde, consultant chest physician at Hinduja. “We had to put him on ventilator to save him,” said Dr Garde.

After three weeks, the doctors conducted a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure to create an opening in his neck into the trachea (windpipe), which helped him breathe.

Despite losing about 10 kilos after more than a month in the hospital, Bhambani needed to lose more weight so the tube could be removed from his body.

Thus, on February 8, Dr Raman Goel, consultant bariatric surgeon, conducted a sleeve gastrectomy procedure where a large part of the stomach was removed. After the procedure, Bhambani can breathe on his own again. He now weighs 107 kilos.

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