Agra, 2nd August, 2014: Dr Pradeep Chowbey, a renowned name in the field of bariatric surgery in Delhi today delivered a lecture on ‘Surgical Management of Diabesity’ at a CME organized in Agra by Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket. Dr Manish Baijal, Sr. Consultant- Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery delivered a lecture on ‘Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome’ and Dr Vikas Ahluwalia, Director- Metabolic and Bariatric Medicine at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket delivered on ‘Diabetes and Obesity’. Doctors from the Bariatric Surgery team of Max Hospital, Saket are holding regular OPDs at Dr Nawal Kishore Hospital, Agra on every last Sunday of the month from 11 AM to 1 PM.
The first step towards preventing or controlling Obesity is to understand what it means and how is it identified. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat is accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health. BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of weight in relation to height and is used to define levels of excess weight which help to determine whether bariatric intervention is required. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 you are considered overweight. You are considered obese, if your BMI is 30 kg/m2 or above. Clinically, severe obesity describes a BMI of over 37.5 kg/m2 or BMI of 32.5 kg/m2 in combination with co – morbid conditions like type II Diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.
There is no single method to treat obesity. A combination of diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications and behaviour modification may be required and in case of severe obesity, Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery is now days strongly recommended.
Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, Joint MD, Chief- Surgery and Allied Surgical Specialities and Director- Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket says, “Bariatric Surgery is the only solution for sustained weight loss in morbidly obese individuals. Many associated diseases like type II Diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea can also get corrected after these weight loss procedures. Improved longevity is noted after Bariatric procedures. Earlier bariatric surgical procedures were done with large incision on body but now days with the help of laparoscopy (key hole) surgical techniques there is less tissue damage, quick post operative recovery and shorter hospital stay.”
Weight loss surgical procedures help to shed about 60 – 80% of excess weight in 18 – 24 months post operatively. Bariatric surgery works by changing the anatomy of your gastro intestinal track (stomach and digestive system) or by causing different physiological changes in your body that change your energy balance and fat metabolism and you feel more energetic and fitter after weight loss surgery.
Dr. Chowbey further added, “Obesity is a metabolic disease and obese individuals are more prone to type II diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea and high cholesterol levels. Obesity is one of the major cause of mortality in our country.”
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India in 21st century with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population. Currently there are about 2 – 2.5 million people suffering from Obesity in India in all age groups. There is a sharp rise in the number of obese adolescents due to unhealthy sedentary lifestyle and excessive consumption of processed food.
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Max Healthcare has 12 facilities in North India, offering services in over 30 medical disciplines. Of this 9 facilities are located in Delhi & NCR and the others in Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun. The Max network includes state-of-the-art tertiary care hospitals in Saket, Patparganj, Shalimar Bagh, Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun, secondary care hospitals at Gurgaon, Pitampura and Noida and an out-patient facility and a speciality centre at Panchsheel Park. The 12 hospitals together have over 1900 beds.
The tertiary care hospitals at Saket, Patparganj and Shalimar Bagh are centres of excellence for Cardiac Care, Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Cancer Care, Orthopaedics& Joint Replacement, Neurosciences, Paediatrics, Obstetrics &Gynaecology, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Internal Medicine. In addition, they offer services in the disciplines of Urology, ENT, Gastroenterelogy, Nephrology, Dermatology, Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences amongst others.
The Super Speciality Hospitals in Mohali and Bathinda are under PPP arrangement with the Government of Punjab and have tertiary care facilities in cancer care, cardiac care, neurology, orthopedics and trauma. The recently launched Super Speciality Hospital in Dehradun is the latest addition to the Max Healthcare network and offers comprehensive tertiary, secondary and primary care services.
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