Rare bariatric surgery done on 220 kg man

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Chennai, Dec 1 (UNI) Doctors at the Amma Hospital in the city have performed a rare bariatric surgery on a morbidly obese patient using sleeve resection technique reducing stomach size to one sixth of the normal.

The procedure was performed by Hospital Director D Suresh and his team on Pastor Joshi Kumar Jetty of Vijayawada, who weighed 220 kg.

He was so obese that the hospital was forced to hire a battery-operated truck from Chennai Airport Cargo Complex to shift him from the ambulance, on which he travelled from Vijaywada on November 17, to the operation theatre on the third floor, Dr Suresh told reporters here tdoay.

And for shifting him from the operation theatre to the ward, the hospital used a battery-operated crane.

The pastor, who ran an orphanage named ''Light of Hope Home,'' came to the know of the hospital through his friend.

Soon after admission, he developed co-morbid conditions like hypertension, asthma, arthritis and initial stage of diabetes. He was unable to walk because of varicose veins in both the lower limbs.

After controlling hypertension, the seven-hour-long surgery was performed on November 20 and the Pastor's weight reduced by 12 kg.

The doctors used laproscopic technique to remove five-sixth's of the stomach by making a 10 mm hole in the stomach.

He had since recovered fully and would be discharged in a day or two.

Since his food intake had reduced considerably because of resection of the stomach, his body weight was expected to come down to about 75 to 80 kg in the next 10 to 12 months time.

''Obesity is my genetic problem. I neglected my health while concentrating on my orphanage home which has 86 children,'' the Pastor said.


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