New Delhi: A 27-year old man here underwent a first-of-its-kind Gastric Sleeve Surgery at a private hospital here to get rid of his morbid obesity and has lost about 70 kgs in three months.

The surgery also called Sleeve Gastrectomy is a simple procedure that adopts technique free of side effects like malabsorptionetc as opposed to a Gastric Bypass Procedure, Dr Tom Babu, who led the surgery said.

Oneal Sabu, who is a lawyer by profession, weighed 178 kgs and had to go through lot of physical and mental issues due to his abnormal weight. He decided to reach out to the doctors at Silverline Hospital for treatment. Dr Tom Babu said while the Gastric Bypass is fraught with risks like malabsorption, etc, a simple procedure like Sleeve Gastrectomy can be as effective for keralites.

Weight-loss procedures such as 'bariatric surgery' is a final step for people weighing at least 40kg over their ideal body weight. Morbid obesity which has now become a threat to life is one of the alarming conditions prevailing in Kerala.

(Agencies)

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