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Weight-loss surgery helps 65 year old Shantamma overcome knee pain and manage blood-sugar.

A spiritual writer and “Amma” to many people, Shantamma suffered from debilitating arthritis due to morbid obesity, making her bed ridden. Ironically her spiritual preaching could not bring her any solace. Until she discovered the truth of bariatric surgery. From 115 kgs she weighs 82 kgs now.

For some years now, Obesity had limited Shantamma’s movements to the confines of her bed. Eventually the 65-year-old woman’s dependence on others for even the smallest of tasks began taking a toll on her mental well-being. Her bodyweight of 115 kg had made her suffer from multiple-obesity related problems and had weakened her knee joints. To make matters worse she also had a family history of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and bronchial asthma. In order to reverse a lot of the problems she was suffering from, her orthopaedic surgeon counselled her to lose weight.

“I was facing severe health issues, I could not exercise, and whenever I tried exercising to lose weight I used to feel giddy therefore I consulted many doctors. I also tried homeopathy, ayurveda and almost everything. I was a very active person, involved in many activities; I am also a writer and have written for magazines and films. When my health restricted me from pursuing my activities I got fed up to the extent that one day I wished I could give up my life. But due to my spiritual inclination and strong belief in God I couldn’t take such a step”.

Dr. Aashish Shah of Fortis Hospitals performed a thorough check-up of her health and advised her to undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy. She was admitted at the Fortis Hospitals and Dr. Aashish Shah operated upon her along with Dr. Lingaraj Patil.

Less than a month later, she was back on her feet and her bodyweight had reduced to 82 kg. Her quality of life has improved ever since and she is expected to lose an additional weight of 20 to 30 kg in the coming months.

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