GUWAHATI, December 22: Narayana Super-specialty Hospital in Guwahati announced the launch of ‘Shape Clinic’, and Surgeons specializing in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery from Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), Kolkata, which is a unit of Narayana Health, were present on the occasion, said a press release.
It said, ‘SHAPE – The obesity and metabolic clinic’ at Narayana Super-specialty Hospital addresses the facts, causes, health risks and the treatment options for Obesity. The dedicated clinic for assessment of obese patients opting for weight-loss surgery is operational Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shape Clinic is led by experienced laparoscopic surgeons, supported by a team of doctors from other specialties to ensure multidisciplinary approach and effective treatment outcomes. This implies the services of the bariatric surgeon are clubbed with other multi-disciplinary services such as Psychiatry, General Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Diet & Nutrition as well as Physiotherapy, said the press release.
Commenting on the launch of Shape Clinic, Deepak Venugopalan, Zonal Director (East) – Narayana Health said, “Usually people opting for this type of surgery had to travel to other cities outside the state of Assam. Now, with the services of ‘Shape Clinic’ offered at our hospital in Guwahati, people need not travel long distances and can avail of counseling, assessment and treatment under specialist doctors including those from our unit in Kolkata”.
It said, Narayana Health has launched an awareness campaign about obesity, metabolic diseases and weight-loss surgery through the launch of this dedicated clinic. Commenting on this, Deepak Venugopalan said, “We have seen that there is a rise in the number of people showing interest in weight loss surgery as an effective means to a healthier life. Keeping the same in perspective, we are reaching out through our other centers in Eastern India to ensure that this health service is available to those beyond the purview of only this city”.
Being overweight or obese greatly raises the risk for other co-morbid health problems such as heart ailments, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis and sleep disorders. An obese person is typically susceptible to cholesterol, liver and gall bladder problems as well bringing down his or her overall quality of life. The Shape Clinic is an initiative that has been particularly taken to improve the quality of life for those who are affected by the co-morbidities associated with obesity, said the press release.
Speaking about metabolism, Dr. Pinak Dasgupta, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Guwahati said, “Apart from performing bariatric surgeries for weight-loss, we will also treat all kinds of metabolic disorders, inherited or developed, which alter a body’s normal metabolic processes. Shape Obesity & Metabolic Clinic is led by experienced Laparoscopic Surgeons. It has been accepted that one of the most important factors behind leading a healthy life and keeping diseases at check is to maintain the right Body Mass Index”.
It said, the weight-loss operations are gaining popularity as evidence builds of their usefulness in fighting diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other obesity-related co-morbid conditions. Trends reveal a growing number of patients in the country finding this procedure attractive and affordable for combating weight and obesity related issues.