The number of weight-loss surgeries in India has shot from 2
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Late last month, the Obesity Surgery Society of India reported that there has been a 100-fold increase in weight-loss surgeries in India in just 15 years - clinical data show that the number of surgeries has gone up from 200 in 2004 to 20,000 in 2019.

During this period, the number of specialised bariatric surgeons has also increased from eight in 2003 to 450 now. New Delhi, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra accounted for most of the bariatric surgeries so far.

Bariatric surgery or weight-loss surgery works by making the stomach smaller. Doctors usually prescribe this procedure for patients who are at high risk of getting obesity-linked chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, joint pain, sleep apnea and heart disease. Sometimes surgeons also change the morphology (form) of the small intestine during the operation, increasing the risk of nutritional deficiencies in the body.

Growing obesity

The consistent increase in bariatric surgeries parallels the trend of growing obesity. According to a recent survey — 'Prevalence of obesity in India: A systematic review' — published in the peer-reviewed journal Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome, more than 135 million people in India are affected by obesity.

Bariatric surgery is a treatment alternative for patients suffering from morbid obesity. On the website of one of America’s most well-known hospitals, Mayo Clinic, medical practitioners warn that gastric bypass — the most common type of bariatric surgery in the U.S. — is for people who have a body mass index or BMI or 40 or a disease such as type 2 diabetes in addition to a BMI between 35 and 35.9.

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Surgery only is not a substitute to healthy living habits. It is well-known in medical field, that even after bariatric surgery recurrence of the problem is inevitable, in the absence of healthy habits.
Sep 28, 2019Like