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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!


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!