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Chennai: Top doctors in the country met in Chennai on Sunday to discuss emerging trends in gastroenterology, obesity prevalence and newer surgical options for obesity treatment.

According to government data, every third person in Chennai is obese and they are at a risk of developing health problems including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, stroke etc.

Though diet, exercise and medication help in preventing obesity, those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above find it difficult to reduce their weight, and some among them opt for bariatric surgeries. Studies show that nearly 47 per cent of them are scared of complications associated with weight-loss surgeries.

So, doctors, who gathered here on Sunday for the multi-city medical conference, discussed the advantages of opting for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (EGP), a minimal invasive surgery option which they claim will help obese people lose 20 per cent of their weight within 12-24 months.

Dr T S Chandrasekar, founder-chairman of MedIndia Hospitals, Chennai said, “EGP, which uses an endoscopic suturing (stitching) device to reduce the stomach’s size and volume by about 70 per cent, is less expensive compared to conventional bariatric surgeries, and is not very complicated”. On an average, an EGP could cost around 3 lakhs to 4 lakhs.

Doctors at the conference also discussed the increase in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s disease here in India, which was prevalent only in the western countries 20 years ago and attributed it to change in dietary patterns.

  • Published On Jun 26, 2023 at 11:40 AM IST

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