Pune Hospital Performs First-Ever Reversible Bariatric Surgery on Young Patient, Patient Loses 10 kgs Weight in Three Weeks

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Pune, 8th May 2023: A team of medical professionals at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Pune, led by Dr. Kedar Patil, Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon, have successfully performed a reversible bariatric surgery called Gastric Plication on a 22-year-old patient who weighed 112 kg. The patient, identified as Ms. Sayara Khan (name changed), had suffered from obesity since childhood and had been unsuccessful in attempts at weight loss through exercise and dieting. Her body mass index (BMI) was 39, which is considered severe obesity.

After discussing various treatment options with Dr. Patil, Ms. Khan chose Gastric Plication surgery, which is a reversible procedure where the stomach is folded onto itself with the help of stitches, reducing its size and subsequently the amount of food intake. While Sleeve Gastrostomy is the most preferred bariatric surgery among patients and bariatric surgeons, Gastric Plication is a cost-effective alternative since the consumable requirements for the procedure are less. The surgery lasted three hours, and Ms. Khan was on a liquid diet the day after and discharged on the third day after surgery. She was then put on a semi-solid diet and is now eating regular food three weeks post-surgery.

Dr. Patil emphasized that patients who undergo Gastric Plication surgery, as with any bariatric surgery, must modify their dietary habits, lifestyle, and regularly exercise to maintain the lost weight in the long run. The patients are expected to lose 60 to 80% of their excess weight in one to one-and-a-half years. Obese patients often have pre-existing protein, calcium, and multivitamin deficiencies, so they need to take supplements to support their recovery. Obesity can lead to several severe health complications, including type 2 diabetes, gallbladder, and liver disease, heart attack, stroke, and osteoarthritis, among others.

Ms. Khan expressed her gratitude towards Dr. Patil and his team for giving her a fresh start and allowing her to live a healthier life. She has already started a nutritious diet and exercise program and intends to maintain an optimum weight to improve her quality of life.