Bariatric Surgery offers new hope to the over-weight
Online PR News – 25-March-2011 – – Mumbai 2011: This is one visit to the hospital that Kanika Patil (name changed on request) will not forget easily. The 26 year old soon to be married girl from Andheri walked in the swanky B-Lite Clinic, a part of Aastha Health Care in ... all of 120 kilos and after few hours at the surgery table she is hoping soon to be shedding 40 odd kgs.
Kanika is among the rising number of young adults who are going for Bariatric surgery to treat morbid obesity. Marriage is an important milestone in any person's life and the ladies are now leaving no stone unturned for that cool and healthy look. And if the person is overweight, Bariatric surgery, when recommended by competent doctors, has come as a big boon. Says Dr. Manish Motwani, who performed the surgery, “I am seeing a rising trend among over-weight women of marriageable age coming for Bariatric surgery. While the trigger may be marriage, it is always advisable to manage weight for leading a healthy life".
Dr. Motwani who also is the Chairman and Managing Director, Aastha Health Care, (#9321140405) further explains what Bariatric surgery is. "Bariatric Surgery is a term for a group of surgical operations designed to achieve both meaningful and sustainable weight loss. These procedures involve surgically reducing the food intake, and in some cases, to reduce the absorption of calories into the body," he says. B-Lite Clinic which is a part of Aastha Health care Hospital, offers advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques to the patient, like gastric bypass surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy.
Indeed the need for new and effective measures in curbing obesity has grown in India with a spurt in number of people with obesity and related diseases. India's obesity statistics shows that 17 % of the young in the age group of 14-18 in India are overweight or obese. They add to the burden of overall obesity figures in India standing at a mammoth 70 million. What makes it worse is that South Asians are genetically more prone to heart disease and diabetes due obesity. Further, Indians are genetically prone to accumulation of weight around the waist, a sure health risk.
A person is medically termed obese when the body weight is 20% more than the normal weight. Body Mass Index, the measure of obesity, is calculated using the ratio of weight and height. However Bariatric surgery is prescribed for those at the extremes, with BMI of 35 or more.
Health Risks of Obesity
Obesity has been linked to at least 53 diseases. Not surprising, as overweight and obesity are known to impact blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and diabetes. The health risks of obesity can cost life and hence tackling obesity needs serious attention.
The most effective treatment for obesity is bariatric surgery.
“The success rates of these surgeries have been 100%. They also have proven successful in getting fatal diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Blood Pressure under control in more effective manner. There have been many married females who could not conceive due to Obesity. Obesity Surgery increases the chances of fertility dramatically thus helping to make the family complete” says Dr. Manish Motwani, (www.aasthahealthcare.com)
While the problems due to obesity can never be over emphasized, right treatment may mean a life changing moment.
In six months time Nikita plans to get settled down with her husband. She hopes to inculcate a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits. But for now, she is just to happy to go for the Bariatric surgery and make a new beginning in life.
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