Mumbai brothers weighing 147kg, 143kg undergo life-saving weight loss surgery
The brothers were diagnosed with pre-renal failure (kidney failure), hypertension, diabetes,and were complete immobile due to severe obesity.mumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2018 10:06 IST
Weight loss surgery, which is largely considered a cosmetic procedure, has given a new lease of life to Mulund siblings Atul Savla, 47, and Nitesh Savla, 43, who weighed 147kg and 143kg a few months back.
The brothers were diagnosed with pre-renal failure (kidney failure), hypertension, diabetes,and were complete immobile due to severe obesity. While the normal body mass index (BMI)—an indicator of healthy body mass - ranges from 18.5 to 24.9, Atul and Nitesh had a BMI of 46 and 43.
“I had high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and my sugar was controlled with 50 units of insulin and oral medicines. Similarly, my younger brother Nitesh was miserable because of the medical conditions. Our family doctor told us that due to diabetes and high blood pressure, we were steps away from kidney failure and being dependent on dialysis,” said Atul.
The siblings were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome—a cluster of medical conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The siblings had quit going to work and due to their inability to walk. The physician then referred them to obesity surgeon Dr Manish Motwani in August 2017.
“Primary diagnostic tests showed that Atul’s creatinine level was 4ml/dl which showed that his kidney functions were extremely poor since the normal range is about 0.6-1.2ml/dl. After informing him about the possible risks in future, we performed a successful Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, in which we permanently reduce the size of the stomach,” said Dr Motwani.
By October 2017—two months after the surgery, Atul lost over 40Kg, his creatinine levels were back to normal and he was able to walk without falling five times a day. Looking at the response of the surgery, Nitesh too opted for the same.
“Due to high diabetes and renal complications, Nitesh needed multi-disciplinary treatment which involved medication to control his conditions and a bariatric surgery. But within two months, he too lost over 40kg and resumed work by travelling in train between Kurla to Mulund,” Dr Motwani added.
“There was a time when we couldn’t get up from a low chair, walk or work even though we were the breadwinners of the family. The surgery has helped us travel in trains like normal people,” Atul said.