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Youth loses 50 kg 3 months after surgery

DNPUN29224 | 7/30/2010 | Author : Nozia Sayyed | WC :454 | Health

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But surgeons caution against post-operative complications like developing gallstones and multivitamin deficiency

Muzaffar Khan (22) from Lonar, Buldhana, who underwent bariatric (weight loss) surgery in Pune this April, has reduced 50 kg in just three months. Khan, whose weight was 265 kg and made him one of the heaviest persons in India, underwent the surgery at Jehangir Hospital.
A team of 12 doctors operated on him. Khan was in the city on Wednesday and told DNA that the surgery had worked wonders for him. "Earlier, I was not able to walk or sleep properly. Routine activities would suffocate me. But now I can walk freely and sleep well," he said.
Khan's family too is happy with the change. His uncle, who accompanied him said, "Hopefully, in a year or so we will see him in a different avatar."
Khan suffered from childhood obesity and had a tendency to put on weight. This continued and his lifestyle changed to such an extent that he only indulged in two activities: eating and sleeping.
He always faced humiliation due to his weight, but is now relieved and feels that in a few months he can be like any other normal individual. "Once I reduce totally I will start my studies. I will also start exercising and going out," Khan said.
Founder president of Bariatric Surgery Society of India, Dr Srihari Dhore Patil, said, "We expected Khan to reduce weight and the surgery has worked. In the next few months, he will reduce up to 10 kg. Later, he will lose only one or two kg till he reaches 110 kg. This will continue for a year-and-a-half and the reduction process will stop. The next follow-up of the patient will be after 6 months."
Patil added, "One must eat slowly and should keep a tab on what he/she is eating. We have asked Khan to avoid sweets and fried food."
However, Patil warned that patients who undergo weight reduction surgery are more at risk of developing gallstones and multivitamin deficiency. "Compared to obese people who do not undergo weight reduction surgery, such patients are more at risk. Chances of developing gallstones in these patients are around 15% after the surgery. They can also fall prey to malnutrition and the chances are up to 5%," he said.
This happens because after surgery the fat that dissolves in the patient's body is broken down into fatty acid and cholesterol. The cholesterol level increases and forms gallstones, which can be green or yellow. Added Patil, "Patients should take care after surgery and always empty their bladder whenever there is a natural desire."

Photo Caption: Muzaffar Khan, whose weight was 265 kg and one of the heaviest persons in India, underwent bariatric surgery at Jehangir Hospital. Khan with his uncle Safdar Siddique on Thursday.

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