Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-11-21 16:25 Bengaluru: Reducing weight always bothered Bharat, who weighed 127 kilograms. He had tried every trick that was mentioned in the book but in vain. However, his meeting with Dr Tulip for bariatric surgery changed his life. Today, Bharat weighs just 72 kilograms. Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures and recommended for people with obesity. Long-term studies show the procedures cause significant long-term loss of weight, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality rate. Dr Tulip, a well-known and dynamic laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon, has completed her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery in the year 2005. Her thirst for enhanced knowledge continued and Dr Tulip studied Bariatric Surgery in early 2006. Presently she works with Vikram Hospital, Sagar Hospital and AV Hospital in Bengaluru and has been associated with Dr. M Ramesh in the Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery. Gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy is quickly becoming the preferred surgical procedure. People who undergo this surgery lose about 40 per cent to 50 per cent of extra weight, on an average. Most gastric bypass surgery is laparoscopic, which means the surgeon makes small and minimum cuts. That makes for shorter recovery time. Most people stay in the hospital only for two to three days and get back to normal activities in three to five weeks. Interestingly, weight loss surgery can also improve fertility and reproductive outcomes in obese women. Being overweight or obese impacts on natural conception, miscarriage, pregnancy and the long term health of women and their children, due to an increased risk of congenital anomalies and pregnancy complications. However, those women who undergo bariatric surgery as an intervention will show improvement in fertility and reproductive outcomes in obese women. Dr Tulip, who is the first lady surgeon in our country to operate in an international bariatric surgery workshop and also credited for performing various live surgeries in conferences and workshops, said as a person's body size increases, longevity decreases. Individuals with severe obesity have a number of life-threatening conditions. There are a number of advantages for bariatric surgery. Cancer mortality, for instance, is reduced by 60 percent for bariatric patients. Death in association with diabetes is reduced by more than 90 per cent and that from heart disease by more than 50 per cent, she added.