Launch of bariatric endoscopy centre in Mumbai
Dr Amit Maydeo and Dr Mohit Bhandari have collaborated for the venture
To help young urban Indian fight obesity, famous Mumbai based gastroenterologist Dr Amit Maydeo, and Dr Mohit Bhandari, renowned bariatric surgeon, have come together to launch bariatric endoscopy centres- ENLITEN. The first ENLITEN was started in Mumbai.
Dr Mohit Bhandari is founder director and chief surgeon at Mohak Bariatrics & Robotics, Indore whereas Dr Amit Maydeo is the chairman of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital, Mumbai.
These centres will be a boon for the ones with obesity and visceral fat (a type of body fat that's stored within the abdominal cavity. The doctors’ duo has already performed 157 Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) procedures and the number is growing.
Said Dr Mohit Bhandari, “I introduced the procedure in India in 2017, and have performed ESG on 52 female and 41 male patients. In mid June, I will perform this procedure on the 100th patient. Overweight people in 20-40 age group, especially the ones following sedentary lifestyle, are opting for ESG. I am a Bariatric & Metabolic surgeon and while I have performed more than 12,000 bariatric surgeries, the thought of introducing the non-surgical procedure arose because in my practice I meet a lot of patients who want to lose around 15-20kg weight and/or are afraid to undergo surgery.” He added that ENLITEN, the new endeavor shall commit to establish bariatric endoscopy centres of international standards, across the country.
Dr Amit Maydeo, director, ENLITEN, said, “ESG is a non-surgical procedure where the patient gets discharged just after a day’s stay in the hospital. It is carried out using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera and an endoscopic suturing device attached. The tiny camera allows the doctor to carry out the procedure without making incisions. The sutures placed in the stomach modify the stomach structure thereby restricting the amount of calories the body absorbs. Starting with a liquid diet to semi-solid foods, and then to a regular healthy diet, the patient resumes the normal lifestyle in about a few weeks.”