A Couple of Big Problems

Muscat based man and wife underwent
Bariatric Surgery on the same day

THE CASE

A couple from Oman, 52-year old Mr. Khalfan and 48-year old Mrs. Khalfan, were both morbidly obese, 113 kg and 98.5 kg respectively. They have been struggling with their weight gain issue for years. They had tried numerous diets and exercise routines but were unsuccessful in reducing their weight. Coming from a family of diabetics, the couple was well aware about the importance of keeping their sugar levels under control. Moreover, Mrs. Khalfan was also suffering from Osteoarthritis in both her knees due to excessive weight. The couple wanted to improve their mobility and avoid obesity-related health issues. Mr. Khalfan’s nephew had undergone weight loss surgery and he had advised the couple to fly to Mumbai for the surgery and seek expert advise from the doctors in Nanavati.

THE PROCEDURE

After thorough examination, the team of doctors at Nanavati led by Dr. Jaydeep Palep advised the couple to undergo Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, which is one of the most effective bariatric procedures for weight loss. It is a procedure which helps in controlling Type 2 diabetes and is also less mal absorptive than some of the other radical surgeries. It was a challenge as both husband and wife were operated on the same day for same surgery but with different medical conditions.

THE RESULT

The couple got discharged from the hospital within three days postsurgery and are now doing quite well. The success of this life-changing surgery has inspired Mr. Khalfan’s sister and other family members to undergo the same procedure at Nanavati.

DISCUSSION

With advancement in surgical procedures, obese people have enough reasons to smile as they too can live a normal, professionally more active and healthy life. Today weight loss surgery is more popular for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and hence is also known as ‘Metabolic Surgery’. India being dubbed as the world capital for Type 2 Diabetes needs to be more aware of this treatment option.

“All the Bariatric Surgery procedures are known to have varying degrees of anti-diabetic effect in Type 2 diabetes and the right procedure needs to be chosen for the right patient especially when looking for remission of Type 2 DM.” ― Dr. Jaydeep Palep.

Dr. Jaydeep H. Palep

Dr. Jaydeep H. Palep
Director & Head
Department of Bariatric and
Minimal Access Surgery
Nanavati Super Speciality
Hospital, Mumbai



Dr. Nidhi Khandelwal

Dr. Nidhi Khandelwal
Associate Consultant
Department of Bariatric and
Minimal Access Surgery
Nanavati Super Speciality
Hospital, Mumbai



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