Surgery for morbid obesity now in state

Published: 09th July 2013 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2013 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

The Shanti Memorial Hospital here has introduced mini gastric bypass (MGB) surgery to treat morbid obesity.

The first MGB procedure of the State has been successfully conducted on two patients weighing 108 kg and 155 kg respectively and suffering from co-morbidity as well as diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, arthritis and obstructive sleep apnea by a team of surgeons led by Dr Sreejoy Patnaik. The patients are recovering well. Dr Patnaik said MGB outweighs other surgical procedures like sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-Y-Gastric bypass to treat morbid obesity as it causes sustained weight loss for more than a decade and resolves most of co-morbid diseases associated with obesity.

The procedure involves dissecting the stomach to create a small tubular pouch, thereby limiting the space so that satiety is reached on eating less quantities. While bypassing most of the stomach, the pouch is connected directly to the long loop of intestine. This results in greater malabsorption of food as the enzymes that break down and digest food come in contact with the intake later in the digestive process. “Both malabsorption and limited space or restriction causes more effective reduction of obesity to the tune of over 80 per cent among the patients,” Dr Patnaik said.

So far, 31 patients have undergone obesity or bariatric surgery at the hospital, he added.

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