Malaysia’s obese people are on the increase and their chances of contracting modern illnesses are double. With an aim of reducing obesity in the country, Damansara Specialist Hospital has created “The Severe Obesity Centre” operated by a team of very experienced surgeons, doctors and medical assistants to perform “Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass” to assist obese people to reduce weight.
Also known as “Roux-en-y”, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass” will restrict obese people’s food intake and reduce food absorption. After the surgery, all food taken will bypass the stomach and go directly into the intestine.
Damansara Specialist Hospital Severe Obesity Centre started its operation in November 2006. Interested patients will need to go through a series of tests and counseling by a team of Doctors comprising General & Gastro Intestinal Surgeon, Advance Laparoscopic & Obesity Surgeon, Psychologist, Radiologist, Anesthetic, Gastro, Lung and Cardiac Specialists and Plastic Surgeon.
Both Dr. Haron and Dr. Sukumar are Consultant Surgeons of Advance Surgical Training (AST). AST is based in Florida USA and managed under the supervision of Dr. Norman Samuels, American Executive Surgeon and Dr. Paul Wizman, Medical Director of Bariatrix, Florida. Both Dr. Samuels and Dr. Wizman are very experienced surgeons and have done over 2,000 and 1,000 surgeries respectively. Dr. Samuels said Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is not new and has been in practice for sometime. The main advantage of this surgery is low risk and patients can recuperate within a short period.
Damansara Specialist Hospital is currently conducting free tests and diagnoses for the public who are obese and want to know whether they are suitable to do this surgery. Dr. Samuels said this surgery is suitable for obese people between the ages of 18 to 63 years.
Dr. Wizman said from testing, diagnose, counseling to surgery will cost around 40,000 Ringgit Malaysia. He said patients also need to return to the hospital for post surgery observation for a period of time.