Bangalore witnesses its first bariatric robotic surgery for weight loss

For the first time, a bariatric robotic surgery was performed in Bangalore. The first of its kind bariatric robotic surgery in the country was performed in Delhi followed by Ahmedabad. Doctors say that more and more robotic surgeries would be performed in the future

Bangalore witnesses its first bariatric robotic surgery for weight loss

A 40-year-old resident of Bangalore, who works in corporate sector, weighed around 170 kg. Recently, he became the first person to undergo robotic bariatric surgery in Bangalore.

Dr Arun Prasad, robotic bariatric surgeon from Delhi, successfully performed the procedure on a 40-year-old patient, to relieve him from the agony and risk, which he was going through, because of being overweight.

Bangalore witnesses its first bariatric robotic surgery for weight loss
Dr Arun Prasad, robotic bariatric surgeon from Delhi

Doctors said that the patient had piled up kilos, because of his sedentary lifestyle. The option of robotic surgery over conventional surgery was chosen to make the surgery simple and less risky.

Dr Prasad, who performed the surgery at Aster CMI hospital in Bangalore, on August 19, said, “The robotic surgery is a way to operate patient in a less risky manner. The price of robotic surgery is ten per cent more than the conventional surgery. The patient will lose around 80 to 90 kgs of weight, in a year. Also, the patient is discharged within a day, while in the conventional surgery, a patient has to be hospitalized for at least three days.”

He added, “Around five to seven years ago, only ten robots were there in India. Today, we have around 50 robots. In the future, more and more robotic surgeries would be performed in the country.   Till now, I have performed around 250 such kind of surgeries in Delhi.”

Doctors informed that the patient’s family was well educated, aware and was able to understand the benefits associated with robotic surgery.

A plethora of reasons, but primarily, a bad lifestyle, leads to weight gain. According to a study, obesity is one of the primary reasons for the rise in cancer cases and while it affects both the sexes, women are more likely to be affected by the obesity related forms of cancer.