Being morbidly overweight is not easy to live with. It brings down quality of life, restricts mobility, causes intense issues in a person’s social life and can be the singular factor by which a person is judged. At Aster CMI, the Bariatric Surgery department works on providing such morbidly obese people with hope, through treatment protocols that ensure one is brought back to society to live a normal and productive life. At Aster CMI, the whole spectrum of metabolic surgeries are performed through minimally invasive laparoscopic or Robotic surgery. The precision that robotic surgery affords a bariatric is unprecedented, in terms of freedom of movement and the ability to address unexpected complications quickly and efficiently. Procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypasses, mini gastric bypass and banded sleeve gastrectomies are performed on a regular basis. The scars are minimal and the healing process quick – there is no blood loss or the use of numerous tubes. Patients need to stay in the hospital post-surgery for 2-3 days. They are prescribed a liquid protein diet for a few weeks, before they are called back in for an evaluation. By this time they will be back on their feet.
All of the facilities for examination and supportive examination that include sleep studies, cardiac and respiratory medicine department and consultations with Bariatric physicians is offered before the surgery. Post the operation patients are offered weight management services inclusive of diet and nutrition care as well as rehabilitation and physiotherapy where necessary. Completing the comprehensive Bariatric surgery package, Aster CMI also offers cosmetic surgery and body contouring after weight loss. A multidisciplinary team of specialists take care of all the bariatric patients. There are 5 bariatric suites which are unique and custom-designed for the overweight patient are available. Motorized beds, broader doors, strong furniture with weight bearing abilities of up to 250 kgs and even toilets that are ground-mounted are available in these suites. Special diagnostic needs of MRI and CT have been provided, with extra care being taken to be able to accommodate heavy patients.The department is headed by Dr. Shivaram H V, Chief Surgeon and Sr. Consultant - GI & Bariatric Surgery and offers end-to -end service from counselling to post-surgical care.