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Monday, December 3, 2012

Dharavi man undergoes weight-loss surgery


MUMBAI: Every night, when Dharavi resident Samiula Khan, 34, went to sleep, his family worried that he wouldn’t wake up the next morning.

Khan, who weighed around 225 kg, suffered from obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that hinders the flow of oxygen to the brain – because of the excess fat around his neck.

On Monday, Khan underwent laproscopic bariatric surgery at Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri. Doctors at the hospital claimed he is the heaviest patient to undergo the surgery in the city.
“He needed a machine to force air and oxygen into his lungs to maintain adequate oxygen supply to the brain. Owing to his obesity, the oxygen levels reaching his brains were less which could have resulted in death,” said Dr Abhay Agrawal, laprascopic bariatric surgeon Seven Hills Hospital.

To reduce the risk of the surgery, doctors first advised Khan to shed a few kg through diet and exercise. However, they yielded no results. Before the surgery, Khan also underwent liposuction, to no avail. “He lost ten kilos in six months, but his condition worsened, so we opted for surgery. He couldn’t travel by taxi or even walk a few steps; his engagement was called off because of his weight,” said his sister.

Doctors said that Samiula had a very slow metabolic rate and indulged in binge eating, which had caused the weight gain. “Had he not opted for surgery, his weight could have reached 300 kg. In the last five years he has gained around 100 kg. People who are that obese can’t live too long,” said Agrawal, adding that the anaesthetists refused to give him anaesthesia because of his obesity.

Source: MUMBAI: Every night, when Dharavi resident Samiula Khan, 34, went to sleep, his family worried that he wouldn’t wake up the next morning.

Khan, who weighed around 225 kg, suffered from obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that hinders the flow of oxygen to the brain – because of the excess fat around his neck.

On Monday, Khan underwent laproscopic bariatric surgery at Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri. Doctors at the hospital claimed he is the heaviest patient to undergo the surgery in the city.
“He needed a machine to force air and oxygen into his lungs to maintain adequate oxygen supply to the brain. Owing to his obesity, the oxygen levels reaching his brains were less which could have resulted in death,” said Dr Abhay Agrawal, laprascopic bariatric surgeon Seven Hills Hospital.

To reduce the risk of the surgery, doctors first advised Khan to shed a few kg through diet and exercise. However, they yielded no results. Before the surgery, Khan also underwent liposuction, to no avail. “He lost ten kilos in six months, but his condition worsened, so we opted for surgery. He couldn’t travel by taxi or even walk a few steps; his engagement was called off because of his weight,” said his sister.

Doctors said that Samiula had a very slow metabolic rate and indulged in binge eating, which had caused the weight gain. “Had he not opted for surgery, his weight could have reached 300 kg. In the last five years he has gained around 100 kg. People who are that obese can’t live too long,” said Agrawal, adding that the anaesthetists refused to give him anaesthesia because of his obesity.

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