Staff Reporter

  • Obesity caused by lack of awareness even among educated people
  • Only slightly overweight people can reduce weight by doing exercise

    COIMBATORE: Keyhole laparoscopic surgery for weight reduction is not a cosmetic surgery, but a necessity to prevent the onset of diseases, said C. Palanivelu, Director of Gem Hospital India Private Limited.

    It would increase the life span and reduce complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart ailments and liver failure.

    The hospital would have an exclusive Obesity Surgery Centre, he said, while speaking to presspersons.

    The centre to be inaugurated on November 26 to mark the World Obesity Day would have state-of-the-art facilities specially designed to cater to obese people.

    "Special chairs, operation theatre, stretcher, beds and various other infrastructure facilities have been established to make treatment easier for people weighing between 150 kg and 300 kg.

    "Also a separate team that includes an endocrinologist, dietician, anesthesiologist, etc., have been identified for the centre," Dr. Palanivelu said.

    A free medical camp that would include screening of overweight people would also be held.

    After screening and assessing their BMI, the required treatment, diet and exercise would be suggested to the patients.

    If surgery was required, such people would be called for follow up on a later date. People from the lower strata who can ill afford the surgery would be treated on a concession basis or would have the charges waived.

    This would be undertaken in collaboration of Johnson & Johnson.

    "It will be like a nutritional clinic. Exhibits, booklets, seminars and interaction with doctors will be arranged to make people aware of the dangers of being overweight. Patients who have been successfully operated upon in the hospital for obesity will be there to share their experiences," he said.

    Speaking on the necessity of such a centre, Dr. Palanivelu said that obesity was a result of lack of awareness even among educated people.

    "Either people eat more and become obese or eat less and suffer form nutritional disorders.

    "The incidence of obesity is very high in South India, particularly in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, where the workforce is predominantly IT related. Only slightly overweight people can reduce by doing exercise. Obese people who weigh more than 100 kg have to go in for weight reduction surgery for significant results".

    For professionals and those for whom time was a premium, the best solution for weight loss was keyhole laparoscopic surgery. It did not involve time and bed rest that usually follow a surgery.

    "It is a permanent procedure and success rate is very high when compared to the banding technique," he said.

    Health and Family Welfare Minister, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran will inaugurate the centre. Those interested in attending the free camp at the hospital can register by calling 98943-33999 or can register on the spot.