Supporting Your Weight Loss Success

August 4, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

On Successful completion of 2-Years of Surgical Weight Loss technique , Department of Gastroenterology , SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana has launched “Weight Loss Support Group” also called “Bariartic Support Group” involving Doctors, Anesthetists, Psychologists, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Bariartic Nurses and most importantly Post-Operative patients to discuss issues, share successes and trade helpful hints with one another as well as with those considering surgery..Having weight loss surgery does not by itself guarantee successful weight loss said Dr. Arindam Ghosh, noted Laparoscopic Surgeon  - surgery is only one of many tools that will help you achieve your goals. Key factors to success include: following the diet, exercise, proper use of nutritional supplements, and the ongoing support of those who share this experience with you. We have launched this support group to  provide a sense of community, and provide information and encouragement during this life-altering time.
We require people to attend our support group prior to having the surgery so that that can get the perspective of those who have gone before you. We encourage you to come to the support groups prepared to ask questions.


According to Dr. Rajan Damathia, Consultant General Surgeon, Ludhiana is now being considered one of the emerging Weight Loss Surgery destinations in India. Many patients are  put off by the high prices in Europe and the US and are traveling to India to get the same treatment at vastly reduced cost of 60% or more. The slogan thus is, “First World treatment’ at Third World prices” In addition to the cost savings the benefits of this surgery  are huge;  immediately following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so until 18 to 24 months after the procedure.
Weight reduction surgery has been reported to improve many conditions including sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. In one study, the blood sugar levels of most obese patients with diabetes returned to normal after surgery. According to Dr. Ghosh, For an experience surgeon to perform the operation will cost at least $17,000 upwards to $30,000 to get the operation carried out in the US.But lots of people are getting their surgery done in India for much cheaper. Ludhiana will start giving competition to facilities elsewhere in the country by being even more economical. According to Dr. S.P. Singh , COO, “We have offered an all-inclusive deal in Ludhiana for fraction of an amount as compared to the USA or else where in India. The price normally will include pick-up at the airport, hospital,  physician fees, and pre-op workup etc So, all that is needed is to add the cost of a flight” he adds “In our hospital, once the door is closed you could be in a hospital in America.



Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups. An estimated 97 million adults in the United States  are overweight or obese. That figure represents more than 50% of the American adult population. Of this group, 11 million adults suffer from severe obesity. In India 3% (>3 Crore) of Indians are obese and almost 1% suffer from severe obesity,  of these 17 per cent of men and 15 per cent women  are obese and the numbers are growing by leaps with changing lifestyles and eating habits. The Obese individuals have a 50-100% increased risk of death as compared to normal weight individuals, This substantial increase in health risks has made obesity the second leading cause of preventable death in the USA, Canada and other European countries .

Recently Mr. Jaswinder Gill , a 53 year male from Tronto, underwent a successful stomach bypass surgery . His weight was 175 Kgms and BMI 57. The operation will reduce his extra weight by 80% in 1 Year and afterwards he is going to maintain his slim body for life. The operation was performed by Dr. Arindam Ghosh, Dr. Rajan Damathia and their team.

Dr. Arindam Ghosh-+ 91 92 16830032, + 91 92 9814117997

Manager Marketing , SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, Punjab, India