Fortis Hospital, Rajajinagar performs maiden Bariatric Surgery

Bengaluru, 19 December 2017: Doctors at Fortis Hospitals, Rajajinagar successfully performed bariatric surgery on a 21-year-old female, Ms. Sanchitha (name changed), who was suffering from obesity. The patient weighing 99 kgs had a history of weight gain for last five years and history of drastic weight gain (more than 8 kgs) for the last one year. The team of doctors who treated the patient was led by Dr Aashish Shah and Dr CA Prashanth at Fortis Hospital, Rajajinagar.

Dr. C.A.Prashanth, Consultant Minimal Access Surgery said, “The patient wasadmitted with a history of obesity associated with PCOD, pain in the joints andinability to walk for long distances due to which she was depressed. She hadtried dieting and exercising for many years which didn’t give her manybeneficial results, therefore, we had to counsel her in detail regardingbariatric surgery and accordingly clinical workup was done in detail keepingthe age factor in mind. After a thorough check revealed her being fit for thesurgery, she underwent a Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy-the entire surgerytook 45 mins and was done with 3 ports, without any post-operativecomplications. She was on regular follow-ups and in three weekshas lostabout 9kgs without any issues. The patient is recovering and feels more active& light now.”

According toa research report by NCBI[TKD1] ,Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk of deaths, resulting inaround 2.8 million deaths of adults globally every year. In addition, 44% ofthe diabetes burden, 23% of the ischemic heart disease, and between 7% and 41%of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight or obesity. India hasmore than 30 million obese people, and the number is increasing alarmingly. Theproblem is more acute among women than men. In urban India, more than 23% ofwomen are either overweight or obese, which is higher than the prevalence amongmen (20%).

Sanchithaunderwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (Bariatric surgery) where about 75%of the stomach is removed leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve”. Thesurgery allows the patient to feel full after eating less and taking in fewercalories and thus prevents the body from gaining excessive weight.

MsSanchitha expressedherself saying, “I was not able to move much due to excessive weightgain and joint pains over the years. This left me depressed and used to make mefeel tired very soon. I also kept myself away from social life due to this. Iam thankful to the doctors and counselors at Fortis hospital, Rajajinagar whohelped me in getting rid of my extra weight. I am much better now, feel active& light again. I have started to attend social events with great confidencenow.”

LaparoscopicSleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) is a safe and effective bariatric procedure with lowperioperative & postoperative complications.

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