Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond conducts successful bariatric surgery on a patient.

March 18, Bangalore, India: Gleneagles Global Hospitals, a part of Parkway Pantai, successfully performed bariatric surgery on a patient with multiple health complications. Bariatric surgery has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.

Mr. Mueed Ahmed(35)approached Gleneagles GlobalHospitals, Richmond Road,in December 2017. At the time he weighed200 kgs withahigh body mass index (BMI) of 87.2. He had been diagnosed with metabolicsyndrome. He experienced difficulties such asobstructive sleep apnea, shortnessof breath while walking short distances, constant pain in his knees and backand the presence of gall bladder stones. He suffered fromsevere lymphedema inboth the legs due to which daily activities were challenging.

A complete cardio pulmonary evaluation and endocrineprofile was carried out. Once a clearance was provided for surgery, the team atGleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond Road performed a laparoscopic sleevegastrectomy and lap cholecystectomy. The surgery was conducted in mid-December,2017. The procedure spanned over 2 hours and it went off very well. Inaddition, the gall bladder was also removed.

The main challenge in this case was the high BMI, highvisceral fat and heavy liver. This caused technical difficulties and also madeintubation very problematic.

Dr G Moinoddin, Consultant Bariatrics & AdvancedLaparoscopic Surgeon at Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond Road, Bengaluru states,“Mueed was struggling and unable to cope with his daily activities. He hadapproached other hospitals in the city but was refused treatment as his caseposed challenges that were difficult to manoeuvre. The patient had trieddieting, exercising, Ayurveda and other non-surgical weight loss methods to noavail. Surgery was his best option.”

The procedure has led to many benefits. Mueed has lost 30kgs in the three months since the surgery. He is expected to reduce a further70 kilos within the end of the year.The patient’s mobility hassignificantlyimproved. He is now able to walk and climb stairs with greater ease. Theswelling in his legs has reduced and so has the pain in his back and knees.

Hospital stay for this surgery averages between 2-3 days.As the surgery is performed laparoscopically, there is less pain and nausea.This also allows for early mobilisation ensuring quicker healing.

In less than 10 months, the Richmond Road facility ofGleneagles Global Hospitals has performed 20 bariatric surgeries. Now theyaverage around 4-5 cases a month. They receive queries from many patientshoping to undergo the surgery, most of who are between 15-30 years old. Thisalso indicates a shift in willingness to accept this surgery as a solution tomorbid obesity.

Gleneagles Global Hospitals has a dedicated bariatric surgicalcentre at its facility in Richmond Road. Such procedures are carried out thereon a routine basis. The hospital has a highly skilled bariatric surgical teamincluding specialised bariatric anaesthetists.

Various studies suggests that bariatric surgery helps incuring diabetes, hypertension, joint pains, obstructive sleep apnea and manymore diseases related to metabolic syndrome. Bariatric surgery is considered tochange the internal hormonal environment in a favourable way.

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