Nitin Gadkari, 55, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, underwent a gastric bypass surgery at the Saifee Hospital at Charni Road on Monday for treatment of Type-2 diabetes.
“He had been finding it difficult to bring his sugar under control for some time. Hence, he underwent a gastric bypass surgery for treatment of the disease,” Dr Muffazal Lakdawala of Saifee Hospital, who is attending to the BJP president.
The press release issued by the hospital said Gadkari was suffering from diabetic nephropathy, which means damage to the kidneys, and therefore he needed to be operated.
A BJP release said Gadkari “has had poor control of his sugar for the last few months with early diabetic nephropathy despite the best currently available medical management”.
A gastric bypass surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, makes the stomach smaller, leading to an altered response to food intake (see box).
A doctor from Saifee Hospital, who did not wish to be named, said Gadkari would be discharged within a couple of days and could go back to work in a week’s time.