Obesity is one of the most common health hazard seen by urban India. Blame it on wayward lifestyle, bad food habits, lack of time to cook food at home or overwhelming options of fast food at every step, weight gain has become very common these days. It has given rise to numerous health clubs, gymnasiums, different companies offering weight loss pills, gels etc. But all these options have temporary effects. There are conditions where an obese person is left with no choice other than going under the knife. This means that losing weight by surgical procedures. These procedures are collectively called bariatric surgery. With all leading hospitals dedicating a complete department for it, bariatric surgery in India has become a very popular medical field.
In bariatric surgery, gastronomical tract is modified so that it does not absorb or take nutrients to its full capacity. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an example of this procedure. Removing layers of fat is not a permanent solution of obesity. Special care is taken for obese people because various related diseases and disorders can come with it. However, good sign is people are now exposed to its ill effects and its burning example is more and more people opting for bariatric surgery in India itself.
However, there are still miles to cover as not all big cities of the country have facilities and equipment to treat obesity by these procedures. Cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai etc offer bariatric surgery in India. The infrastructure of the hospitals in these cities is so good that patients come from different parts of the world to cure their morbid obesity. The consultants as well as related specialists of obesity and metabolic surgery procedures of these institutes are so well trained that they yield better results than their international counterparts. This is the reason that medical tourism is increasing which in turn is enhancing India’s position in world’s health map and at the same time, contributing to country’s foreign exchange. Even though, bariatric surgery in India is not a very old and established department, it found its foothold in urban society quite rapidly, thanks to the exposure of the patients and efficiency of the doctors.
Best part of undergoing this surgery is that it requires very minimal access. Even Type 2 diabetes which is so prevalent in India can be controlled by this procedure where a portion of patient’s stomach is stapled so that another small pouch can be created and attached to its intestines. It sounds complicated, but does wonder by improving the quality of life. With bariatric surgery in India getting so popular, little far are those days when every small and big hospital in all cities of our country will have a dedicated department for it.