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Obesity cure lures foreigners to India
RxPG News ^ | May 3, 2006 | Sujoy Dhar, Reviewed by: Dr. Priya Saxena

Posted on 10/23/2006 7:43:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Christine is a Canadian, Amir a Bangladesh-born American and Hardeep a Sikh from the US. What binds them is their desperation to get freedom from those extra pounds through much cheaper surgery in Indian metros.

They do not want to be anorexic but are desperate nevertheless to rid themselves of their obesity and lead a better life.

Obese people across the world are flooding the email box of noted laparoscopic surgeons such as B. Ramana in Kolkata for dates to undergo operations. Kolkata is considered one of the emerging medical tourism destinations in India.

"I am looking for a hospital that does good quality, affordable laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Please tell me if this is possible in your hospital," asks Christine.

Amir says: "I have minor diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and I weigh 360 lbs. I have to urinate three to five times at night. I wake up in the middle of the night due to breathlessness. My family has a history of obesity."

Said Ramana: "There is a previously unrecognised need for morbidly obese patients to undergo surgery to reduce weight. We call it bariatric surgery and it is the only proven way to achieve major weigh loss and sustain it.

"Because there is a long queue for such operations abroad and because it is far economical here, we are flooded with queries from abroad for operation dates in India."

He says the international demand for such surgery was very high, adding that he received email and telephonic enquiries every other day. "Many of these patients expect a package deal with a vacation and pick up.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bariatricsurgery; india; medicine; obesity; tourism

1 posted on 10/23/2006 7:43:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess simply eating right and working out is so much more involved than going to fricken INDIA.


2 posted on 10/23/2006 7:47:20 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cool. Outsourceing obesity.


3 posted on 10/23/2006 7:48:17 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Ethopia had the cure for obesity.


4 posted on 10/23/2006 7:49:06 PM PDT by SampleMan (Do not dispute the peacefulness of Islam, so as not to send Muslims into violent outrage.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I'm sure you drink some tap water in India you lose a few pounds in a hurry.


5 posted on 10/23/2006 7:51:36 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Axhandle
The hardest part is starting. After 3 months, you feel bad if you stop. And now there's also Rimonobant knock-off's up the whazoo.

I cannot believe some people...,P> I do 60 min of very hard cario 5 days a week. I'm 13% bf now, and there was a time when I was like....40%+.

I was disgusting.

6 posted on 10/23/2006 7:53:04 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cool!! I can go on vacation, see the sights and have my gastric bypass done on the cheap. This is great!!


7 posted on 10/23/2006 7:54:34 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: satchmodog9

The best cure for obesity is to burn more calories than you consume. Works every time.


8 posted on 10/23/2006 7:54:40 PM PDT by kempo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

India also has an excellent weight loss program known as CHOLERA.


9 posted on 10/23/2006 7:57:44 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("We will slaughter anyone who calls Islam violent!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmmm. Bargain basement surgery. A number of related but unrepeatable jokes come to mind.


10 posted on 10/23/2006 7:58:04 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Enterprise
Cool. Outsourceing obesity.

Does this mean that you can stuff your face as much as you want, while moving your body no more than a garden snail, and somebody else will become a fat slob?

11 posted on 10/23/2006 8:01:28 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: Axhandle

lol, too true.


12 posted on 10/23/2006 8:09:12 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: satchmodog9
I'm sure you drink some tap water in India you lose a few pounds in a hurry.

Actually, merely driving around the country will likely result in extreme weight loss due to accelerated heart rate and ensuing panic attacks and loss of appetite. Every road there is the equivalent of driving in the Indianapolis 500, but with three lanes of traffic going in both directions at alternating times. One of the most harrowing experiences of my life (and I've been to over 30 countries).

13 posted on 10/23/2006 8:09:22 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: gaijin

A buddy of mine was always ridiculously overweight - until he got a date to report to the police academy. He lost 105 pounds in about 6 months. I didn't recognize him. He just needed that last bit of motivation to push himself away from the table, start running, and start lifting.


14 posted on 10/23/2006 8:20:13 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Image hosted by Photobucket.com i used to work for an F500 company that wouldn't let anybody drive in India, China and a couple other third world countries cause you presented such a prime target for an accident.

many of these people will gladly step out in front of your car and lose a leg knowing full well they will sue your company for the life long care and feeding of their entire extended family and win.

15 posted on 10/23/2006 8:23:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: satchmodog9

Well only if you catch one of the many bacteria found in it. Otherwise Indian water is quite high in calories and protein.


16 posted on 10/23/2006 8:25:42 PM PDT by Bogey78O (<thinking of new tagline>)
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To: Bogey78O
Otherwise Indian water is quite high in calories and protein.

Just the thought of that is a serious weight-loss program!

17 posted on 10/23/2006 8:27:32 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess the flight in question is a C-4; it can carry a few tanks or 100 weight challenged, responsibility shirking, Clintonistas. Meals served every 10 minutes. 600 cans of coke for each passenger. Dessert follows each meal and also immediately precedes the next serving of a full meal, it's all non-stop, the flight also.


18 posted on 10/23/2006 8:29:38 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: satchmodog9
I'm sure you drink some tap water in India you lose a few pounds in a hurry.

Worked for my dad when he did some business in South America and my uncle when he went to Egypt. I swear, both men lost about twenty pounds in a matter of days (while on the toilet).
19 posted on 10/23/2006 8:32:13 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here's a good diet: Red hot curry and subsequent diarrhea.

It works.


20 posted on 10/23/2006 8:54:26 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went to Hermosillo, Mexico for Obesity Surgery (duodenal switch). The surgeon was wonderful, the hospital was first class and the care was prompt and first class. In under 11 months, I've lost over 120 lbs. and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The cost was $11,000 as compared to between $35,000 and $55,000 here in the states.


21 posted on 10/23/2006 8:58:43 PM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas , Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Called the calcutta diet


22 posted on 10/23/2006 9:04:26 PM PDT by pissant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

India is becoming quite popular with westerners for all manner of medical procedures. Foreigners with cash get first rate medical care and "the royal treatment" during their stay (private rooms, private nurse, lots of personal attention) for far less than what they'd pay in their home countires.

It's important to note, though, that this is NOT the same medical system that the average Indian has access to. The state run health care system there is a nightmare:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1523577/posts


23 posted on 10/23/2006 9:36:12 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Try Atkins. I lost 65 lbs. in 3 1/2 months.

It's saved me.


24 posted on 10/23/2006 9:59:20 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash
I went to Hermosillo, Mexico for Obesity Surgery (duodenal switch). The surgeon was wonderful, the hospital was first class and the care was prompt and first class. In under 11 months, I've lost over 120 lbs.

Tell me again at the 5 year mark how happy you are with it.
80% of all those who undergo this type of surgery gain it back in 5 years.
God is a genius, he made it very hard to starve yourself to death. Cut your intake of calories and your metabolism slows, and the body starts hoarding fat cells.
Heck, when I was dieting, all I had to do was look at a candy and I gained 5 pounds.
Diets don't work, exercise does.

25 posted on 10/24/2006 1:19:49 AM PDT by JoinJuniorAchievement (“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.")
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To: Axhandle

I thought they just went to, say, Calcutta then ate as well as the locals. That would suffice.


26 posted on 10/24/2006 1:24:43 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: JoinJuniorAchievement

You're right. Fat is stored in fat cells. The body has a genetically-determined distribution of these storage cells. And they are limited in number. Only the amount of fat stored in each of these cells can change. So, when a surgeon removes these storage cells from say, the abdomen of a patient, and if the patient continues the lifestyle he had prior to surgery, the fat will almost definitely come back, and will usually end up in other regions of the body, where the fat cells have been left intact.

In other words a person who had his fat tissues removed from the abdomen might gain back the same amount or more, in time, but the fat will end up in his buttocks instead of the abdomen.

About 30 minutes on the treadmill at about 7 mph (gradually increased upto this from a more comfortable speed initially) , some 15 minutes of cycling, some weights...all in all about 1:30 hrs a day, every day of the week, with big cut-downs on carbs, will loosen you by atleast 20 pounds in 3 months. You'll see changes at the end of the first three weeks itself.

I did.


27 posted on 10/24/2006 3:52:00 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: JoinJuniorAchievement

And although 20 pounds in 3 months may seem less, remember, one would have lost a lot more than 20 pounds of fat, but also gained a fair amount of muscle-mass, which is far denser than fat.


28 posted on 10/24/2006 3:59:57 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Bogey78O

ewwwww


29 posted on 10/24/2006 5:19:47 AM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: JoinJuniorAchievement

You need to look up the statistics on the Duodenal Switch surgery. It is NOT the standard RNY Gastric Bypass and has excellent statistics regarding percentage of excess weight lost and kept off.

My daughter had the RNY Bypass about 6 years ago and has had a bit of regain (20 lbs.) but is doing ok with it.

Not all surgeries are created equal - I did my homework.


30 posted on 10/24/2006 5:57:24 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas , Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: JoinJuniorAchievement
"Tell me again at the 5 year mark how happy you are with it. 80% of all those who undergo this type of surgery gain it back in 5 years."

A relative of mine had the gastric bypass two years ago. He is depressed because he is gaining the weight back again, even tho he can't eat normally. I feel so bad for him :(

sw

31 posted on 10/24/2006 6:04:39 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: CarrotAndStick
one would have lost a lot more than 20 pounds of fat, but also gained a fair amount of muscle-mass, which is far denser than fat.

Yes, and because of that, it is inches not pounds that matter. I only lost 100#, but I lost 13 inches off my belly.

32 posted on 10/25/2006 3:14:19 PM PDT by JoinJuniorAchievement (“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.")
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To: spectre
He is depressed because he is gaining the weight back again, even tho he can't eat normally. I feel so bad for him :(

Me too.

33 posted on 10/25/2006 3:15:49 PM PDT by JoinJuniorAchievement (“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Step away from the doughnuts and you'll do better (and it's cheaper than a round trip ticket to India).

34 posted on 10/26/2006 12:50:42 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (We can't be brilliant all the time but the path to conservative brilliance starts at Free Republic!)
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