Obese Man Loses 30kg In 1 Month After Weight Loss Op

CENPublished: February 13, 201812 views
Published: February 13, 2018

A man has lost an astonishing 30 kilogrammes in one month after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

Dharamveer, 46, from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, formerly weighed 410 kilogrammes (64 stone 7 lbs).

He underwent the operation at Mohak Hospital in the city of Indore in central India's state of Madhya Pradesh and has since lost 30 kilogrammes (4stone 10 lbs).

Doctors at the hospital said Dharamveer was the first patient of his size to survive bariatric surgery.

Egyptian woman, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who was the world's heaviest woman at 500 kilogrammes (78 stone 10 lbs), died last year in Abu Dhabi, after undergoing bariatric surgery at a hospital in Mumbai, India.

Dharamveer, who had been confined to a bed in his room for the last five years, underwent the operation on 4th January and is already walking unassisted.

He had been turned away by hospitals in Mauritius because they believed the risk was too great.

Dharamveer had to book three business-class seats on Mauritius Airlines to fly to Mumbai for the operation.

Indian airline operators refused to accommodate him on an internal flight to Indore and he had to be brought by road in a specially designed car.

Mohak Hospital director and chief surgeon Dr Mohit Bhandari said Dharamveer had all of the complications associated with obesity — including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, pulmonary artery hypertension and acanthosis (thickening of skin).

"He was refused care by federal hospitals of Mauritius as they were concerned about the anaesthesia risk. They refused him basic obesity care and referred him to a higher centre," he said.

Dr Bhandari said: "It was one of the most challenging cases of my life as there was a dilemma in considering the patient for surgery.

"The surgery itself was difficult as a special bariatric table, able to bear 500 kilogrammes (1,102 lbs), extra-long instruments, and special surgical staplers were required."

Super-obese patients, weighing more than 400 kilogrammes (62 stone 13 lbs), had a high risk of cardiac arrest after surgery, so the decision to operate upon Dharamveer was a daunting one, he added.

"The torque on hands during surgery was immense and three instruments broke down due to the intense abdominal wall thickness," said Dr Bhandari.

Dharamveer was discharged three weeks ago, and is doing fine, say doctors. They believe he will lose around 250 kilogrammes (39 stone 5 lbs) within two to three years.

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