Live Workshop On Obesity Surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wockhardt Hospitals,Mumbai had recently conducted a live workshop on the obesity surgery at the Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity.

Dr.Francesco Rubino from Cornell Medical Centre, the first person to perform research to establish diabetic cure by surgery was there to share his cutting edge research with other physician & surgeons. Similarly, Many other surgeons like Michel Gagner from Mt. Sinai Medical Centre, USA, Phil Schauer from Cleveland Clinic, USA,Martin Fried from the Czech Republic, Kazunori Kasama from Japan also participated in this mega event.

The Wockhardt hospitals Bariatric Surgeon & Chairman, Organizing Committee, Dr.Ramen Goel Stated that for the first time in the entire Asian region a program of this nature was held. Almost all bariatric surgeons from india too, participated in this program.Many patients benefited from this surgery as they were treated by experts in this field.

This conference was supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research, was attended by hundreds of experts from the field of obesity & bariatric surgery. Eminent surgeons at the Wockhardt Hospitals, Mulund conducted live surgeries on obese patients. The bariatric surgery department of Wockhardt Hospital is a well equipped centre of excellence and attracts a large number of international patients for this kind of surgery, Last year, India`s heaviest patient, had undergone surgery at Wockhardt hospitals, Mulund.

The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. If this fails, anti-obesity drugs may be taken to reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. In severe cases, surgery is performed or an intragastric balloon is placed to reduce stomach volume and or bowel length, leading to earlier satiation and reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

In general, bariatric surgery is successful in producing (often substantial) weight loss, though one must consider operative risk (including mortality) and side effects before making the decision to pursue this treatment option.

Complications from bariatric surgery are frequent. A study of insurance claims of 2522 who had undergone bariatric surgery showed 21.9% complications during the initial hospital stay and a total of 40% risk of complications in the subsequent six months.


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