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Bariatric Surgery: Treat obesity and associated problems safely

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Weight is no longer a laughing matter. Obesity is a pandemic of the 21st century and is associated with at the very least 20 other diseases along with about 6 different types of cancers.

India has the 3rd largest obese population in the world and because of obesity, associated Type 2 Diabetes patients are increasing too. Obesity and Diabetes together are now termed Diabesity. Diabetes is a silent killer which gradually starts affecting our kidneys, blood vessels, nerves, heart, joints etc. Hence, it is time that the problem of obesity is tackled head on in an aggressive manner.

Dr. Deepti is trained general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. Graduating from a very prestigious college at KEM, Mumbai, she has also completed a fellowship of International Bariatric Club. She is actively involved in raising awareness regarding women related surgical problems.  To know more or to meet Dr. Deepti, please call 040-45208108. You can also write to her at  contactus@thebirthplace.com  or visit www.thebirthplace.com

Dr. Deepti is trained general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. Graduating from a very prestigious college at KEM, Mumbai, she has also completed a fellowship of International Bariatric Club. She is actively involved in raising awareness regarding women related surgical problems.

To know more or to meet Dr. Deepti, please call 040-45208108. You can also write to her at contactus@thebirthplace.com or visit www.thebirthplace.com

Bariatric procedures offer simple and effective solutions not only to help a person lose weight but also to keep it off. These procedures have shown effective and lasting weight loss along with great improvement in obesity associated problems like Diabetes, Cholesterol, Heart disease, Joint pains, Infertility etc. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has accepted Bariatric Surgery as an effective means for the treatment of Type II Diabetes.

With recent advances in the surgical field, these surgeries can be performed via Laparoscopy i.e. using small keyhole incisions and camera. Hence the patient recovery is fast with short hospital stay & early return to work.

Some of the procedures in Bariatrics include

1.     Restrictive Procedures like Gastric Balloon, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Imbrication. These procedures work by reducing the amount of food a person can eat at one time and increasing body metabolism.

2.     Malabsorptive Procedures like Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Mini Gastric Bypass etc. These procedures work by reducing absorption of calories in the body with a positive effect on hormones controlling blood sugar.

The diabetes and associated problems dramatically reduce as a person loses weight and risks of many associated condition such as heart attacks, stroke, cancer, infertility reduce.

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Criteria for Bariatric Surgery are based on Body Mass Index (BMI)

1.     If BMI > 32 kg/m2 with associated Diabetes/Hypertension/Cholesterol/sleep apnoea/joint disease

2.     If BMI > 37 kg/m2 even without any associated medical problems.

Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic surgery but is a gastro surgery like appendix or gall bladder surgery and is performed to treat a medical problem.

It is time to be more aware about this simple tool for effective weight loss if you are dealing with obesity. These procedures will help you achieve benefits beyond weight loss. You can get rid of the associated medical problems as well to live a healthier & fulfilling life.

After all, Happiness begins with Good Health!


On-boarding Happy Hygienic Vagina!

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Glowing skin, shiny hair, manicured hands and slim body, nail the priority list of every woman. Crazy enough, shuttling amidst all these concerns we miss out on something. Let’s face it. Our vaginas are just amazing ecosystems which need the same pint of love and hugs from us as other parts do.

Vaginas, for long, have been much undercover and a lot has been said about it. Sigh.

No more fiction. No more stories. Let facts do the talking today!

1. The vagina is a self-cleaning system and does not require external cleansers…. or does it?

While it is a fact that vaginas clean themselves, using plain, un-perfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina gently every day is a good new school mantra.

Washing vagina the correct way is important in maintaining a healthy pH balance while also preventing infections. A normal pH is under the bracket of 3.5-4.5 is perfect for the vaginal environment.

Wash your vagina before washing your anus and use a different clothe to wipe it. Doing this ensures anal germs do not disturb the vaginal area which can be the underlying reason for catching urinary tract infections. Keep calm, you will feel fresh!

Warning!

  • Don't use soap inside your vagina.

  • Do not use a loofah, it may tear off the skin.

2. Is dryness becoming an awful discomfort?

Remember, those dull days when dryness down there made the day too tough?Time to clear the clouds now! Petroleum jelly is a wonderful moisturiser to use on the vulva after bathing and can be used anytime for comfort.

Do not use petroleum jelly with condoms—it can break down the condom so it gets holes in it.

You can also use coconut, mineral, or olive oil which have a neutralised pH and function as great moisturisers. Aloe Vera, grandma’s remedy for skin care, and vulva have been found to be great buddies! Furthermore, it can be used for genital skin aggravation, similar to herpes, and it's insignificant rundown of advantages incorporates a two of every one regular ointment and cream.

Word of Caution!

Remember to use pure forms of these products to avoid any damage!

3. A little too humid?

Talcum Powder Helps You Keep It Dry. Make it an everyday after-bath practice to apply some talc on your vagina. This will help you keep your vagina clean and dry for hours.  Humid vulva and microbes can be painful mates which will make you a walking-gynec appointment. Let it breathe!

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4. Under the weather?

Unsweetened yogurt might help you provide a cooling sensation when applied to the vulva but it doesn't show any magical powers to fight it out. Anti fungal treatments are recommended as a follow up.

Warning!

Make sure you use unsweetened yogurt as added sugar in the yogurt will help the bacteria to multiply and worsen the condition.

Welcome to the Freaky Clean Squad! Do you have more questions regarding your Vagina? Reach out to us!


Constipation and Related Problems

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Constipation is a difficult problem, not because we cannot treat it but we hesitate to get treated in the first place. Our diet and food habits are increasingly becoming westernised which is resulting in low intake of fiber and increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, all of which causes constipation. Frequent constipation results in perianal problems such as Piles, Fissures, Fistulae, and Abscesses etc.

Piles, also known as Hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. In the third trimester of pregnancy, the baby’s head descends into the pelvis and can result in pressure in that area resulting in piles. As a General Surgeon, I regularly see people suffering from all these perianal conditions but they usually ignore immediate treatment and come to a surgeon as a last resort.

Dr. Deepti is trained general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. Graduating from a very prestigious college at KEM, Mumbai, she has also completed a fellowship of International Bariatric Club. She is actively involved in raising awareness regarding women related surgical problems.  To know more or to meet Dr. Deepti, please call 040-45208108. You can also write to her at  contactus@thebirthplace.com  or visit www.thebirthplace.com

Dr. Deepti is trained general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. Graduating from a very prestigious college at KEM, Mumbai, she has also completed a fellowship of International Bariatric Club. She is actively involved in raising awareness regarding women related surgical problems.

To know more or to meet Dr. Deepti, please call 040-45208108. You can also write to her at contactus@thebirthplace.com or visit www.thebirthplace.com

In India, especially, women suffer a lot before consulting a doctor. They are also hesitant to share such problems with their family or even to their husbands and keep postponing treatment while suffering in silence. I agree that perianal diseases like piles, fissure, fistulae etc are not life threatening but they are so painful and inconvenient! Why go through all this pain when they are all amenable to simple treatment?

Another challenge with most of the Indian patients is that they try to avoid surgery at all costs. Even if it means years of suffering, medications, living a hermit lifestyle, it doesn’t matter to them as surgery is considered a curse.

It’s the 21st century! We have the most advanced and simple procedures available today to treat piles, fissure, fistulas etc. With LASER technology, the surgeries have become completely painless.

It is high time we stop postponing right treatments in favour of home remedies and non scientific techniques. We must educate ourselves and seek help when essential.

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So here are some simple signs that tell you the need to see a Surgeon

  • Pain while passing stools

  • Bleeding with or after stool

  • Passage of very hard stool

  • Pus coming from anywhere near your anus

  • Sensation of some mass/tissue coming out of your anus

    Of course, Prevention Is Better than Cure. So we must

  • Drink 8-12 glasses of water per day (that’s 2-2.5lit)

  • Include a portion of fruit and vegetables in our diet

  • Cut down on refined foods, breads, non-veg, spice, fried food

  • Avoid sitting for long hours at a stretch

    So, to conclude, do not hesitate to get yourself treated for constipation in the initial stages itself. Go for a consultation right away!