He plays the role of a magician for those struggling with obesity and claims politicians such as BJP president Nitin Gadkari and BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu in his proud list of clientele, besides, of course, Bollywood celebrities, the names of whom he ‘cannot disclose’.
Mumbai based Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, an obesity surgeon, laparoscopic expert and founder of Center for Obesity and Diabetes surgery (CODS) — a weight loss and weight management centre located in Mumbai — was at a SAS Nagar hospital on Friday.
Blaming present-day lifestyle for the mounting cases of obesity, Dr Lakdawala says, “Lifestyle is 110% to be blamed for obesity; junk food culture and lack of physical activities leads to obesity, even at a young age.”
Talking about bariatric surgery, Dr Lakdawala says, “We suggest bariatric surgery for morbidly obese people, because the surgery helps knock off 70 kg to 80 kg of weight at once. The surgery takes around an hour and the patient is allowed to go home the next day. He/she can even return to work within four days. These days, the surgery is done with a single incision and is scar less, since it’s done through the navel.”
The surgery has to be followed up by a specific diet and lifestyle change, nods Dr Lakdawala, “We suggest diet and lifestyle changes after the surgery to maintain the weight. We also have a team of five nutritionists who follow up with the patient’s diet.”
Talking about his clients, Dr Lakdawala says, “I performed a bariatric surgery on Salman Khan’s mother, Salma Khan, about four months ago. Even Nitin Gadkari was operated upon around the same time.”
A renowned doctor in the glamour world, Muffi — as Dr Lakdawala is popularly known — usually conducts about 45 surgeries a month in Mumbai. His first wife, model-turned-actor Aditi Govitrikar, won was Mrs World 2001.