Rising obesity is an immediate threat to our natural health. Besides unhealthy dietary habits, changing lifestyle and physical inactivity are the main contributing factors for the increased prevalence rate of obesity in Pakistan.
We sat down with Dr. Maaz-ul-Hassan, one of the best laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons in Pakistan to tell us more about the challenges of rising obesity in Pakistan and the treatment options for it. Dr. Maaz did his Dip in Laparoscopic Surgery (France), Fellowship in Bariatric Minimally Invasive Surgery and has 21 years of experience.
Q.1. Tell us a little about the work that you do?
I am a general and laparoscopic surgeon and perform all my procedures laparoscopically, such as gallbladder, hernia, appendix, even some tumors. However, my super specialty is obesity. I have treated the heaviest person in the world who weighed, 612 kg and is now 85 kg. I have also treated the heaviest person in Pakistan, who weighed 360 kg and is now 140 kg.
I have also successfully treated children plagued with obesity who lead healthy and normal lives now. Just recently, I operated on a 10-year-old child who weighed 200 kg. Such an operation had not been performed in the world until now.
Q.2. What is the current situation of obesity in Pakistan?
You would be surprised to know that just a few years ago, Pakistan was at 34th number in the most obese countries but now we have bumped up to 7th or 8th position.
Obesity is seen everywhere these days and affecting everyone these days. The side effects of obesity are deadly; such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, joint problems, and fertility.
Last year, I operated on 25 patients who were childless for 10 to 15 years and now they have conceived.
Q.3. What can you tell us about bariatric surgery used to treat obesity?
Well, of course, weight loss procedures are done by bariatric surgery. There are three most common bariatric procedures popular worldwide.
- Sleeve gastrectomy, that is a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of weight-loss surgery that involves removing part of the stomach to make it smaller by 80%.
- Laparoscopic keyhole surgery is a type of surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen (tummy) and make 4 to 5 circular incisions in the skin. The patient loses 60% of the weight in the next six months.
- Gastric bypass surgery, which is a type of surgery in which the surgeon makes changes to your stomach and small intestine that alters the way you digest food. This is normally performed on patients who have been suffering from diabetes for more than 10 years, are elderly and find it difficult to lose weight.
Q.4. Would you like to give your viewers any health message?
Well, I believe many diseases can be avoided if one loses weight naturally and adopts a healthy lifestyle. I advise people to stay from toxic junk food such as oily, greasy foods, chips, burgers, pizzas, sweets, and fizzy drinks. I believe that if you have a hold over your diet, I would never recommend you for surgery.
You can watch the full interview with Dr. Maaz-ul-Hassan to learn more about the effectiveness of weight loss treatments. If you are facing weight problems, you may find professional help at oladoc by reaching out to a weight loss expert.
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