Laparoscopic bariatric surgery best option for obese: Dr Ashish Vashistha



Interestingly, the patients who are morbidly obese with medical problems like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, knee pain can notably benefit from laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
Dr Ashish Vashistha, a bariatric surgeon at Max Hospital, said that bariatric surgery was an ideal for a morbidly obese patient who could not lose weight through weight loss programs.
 Giving example, Dr Vashistha informed that 58 years old Usha’s weight had been creating major troubles for her. Weighing 133kg with a BMI of 51.3, Usha was unable to do her daily work and was always tired. Walking caused debilitating pain in her joints. Sleeplessness and excessive snoring resulted in discomfort in her routine activities. Dr Vashistha educated her and her family members about laparascopic bariatric surgery which was amongst the best treatments for morbidly obese patients.

Similar was the story of 58 years old, Kiran, a resident of Bathinda. When she approached Dr Vashistha at the OPD, she weighed 182kg with BMI of 75.8. She had diabetes along with breathlessness and severe joint pains due to which her movement was strictly restricted. After proper counselling from Dr Vashistha’s team, Kiran underwent laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Within one month of her surgery, she has lost 20kg and major improvements have been seen. Her blood sugar levels have improved. Her joint pain has also improved and she has regained her mobility.

 Dr Vashistha said that when Usha came to me, she was severely obese and was not even able to walk properly. Even by going on a strict weight loss program, she couldn’t have lost weight to get back her mobility.

Hence, we thought that the best option for Usha at this point of time will be bariatric surgery. It would improve her quality of life, help her overcome her health problems on an immediate basis, bring a change in her outlook and build her confidence. We performed laparascopic bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) on Usha and witnessed a significant weight reduction of 18kg in one month after surgery. “It has been over one month since her surgery and Usha is leading an ideal life that she dreamt of — there is no pain in her joints and her snoring has also decreased significantly,” said Dr Vashistha.


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