Now, there is surgery hope for obese people

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 22:08 IST

After a decade of overeating and scared of becoming a diabetic, Vivekanand, a Giridih-based political science professor, underwent an obesity surgery at Bhagwan Mahavir-Medica Superspecialty Hospital in Ranchi recently.

The procedure is a first in Jharkhand that promises the 40-year-old to trim his 110 kilograms to 65 kilograms over the next year.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Vivekanand said: “I left sports in my mid-twenties. My food habits changed and I started eating more. I kept putting on weight over the last decade. I started morning walk but it had little effects.”

Declared fit, he walked out of the hospital on Wednesday and would resume his staple food after a liquid diet of two weeks.

Under this laparoscopic procedure, surgeons created a gastric bypass, reducing the size of Vivekanand’s stomach pouch. Resultant: Food is directly sent to small intestine causing reduced food absorption and decreased eating.

“The stomach has an intake capacity of 1 to 1.5 litres of food. Filling 30-40% is enough. We reduce the stomach pouch to the requirement,” said Dr Ramesh Das, an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at Medica.

The hospital authorities said more than 12,000 people in India underwent the surgery to reduce weight last year. Former chief secretary Sajal Chakraverty had recently gone under the knife at a hospital in Mumbai and will now have his post-operative treatments done at the Medica hospital here.

Das said unlike liposuction, which was cosmetic and a temporary solution, bariatric surgery was permanent because surgeons changed the anatomy of the body. Doctors warned obesity could be life-threatening, harming the liver, heart and kidney or leading to extreme diabetes.

“The surgery also acts as an auto care and cure procedure for diabetes and thyroid.

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