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Gastric ballooning for weight loss
Our Correspondent

Prof Peter GohLudhiana, February 21
Obesity, the root cause of majority of diseases like hypertension, heart attack, cancer, knee problems, diabetes and joint pains, is the second most common cause of death worldwide. The mortality rate can be cut down if obesity is controlled. Gastric ballooning is the latest technique in reducing the weight of obese persons and this laproscopic procedure can reduce 30 to 50 kg of weight, without any side effects.

Indian population is fond of having rich food and many people are overweight, so this technique should be introduced by Indian surgeons to cut down the mortality rate. These views were expressed by Prof Peter Goh, a member of the International Endoscopic Society and first to perform laproscopic gastric surgery in Germany, in an interview with Ludhiana Tribune here today. Professor Goh is here to attend the sixth National Conference of Endoscopic Surgery.

He said a lot of revolution has come in the field of surgery during the past 15 years. Robotic techniques had been introduced to perform complicated surgeries. “Diet, medication and regular exercises reduce body weight but not more than 10 to 15 kg. Through gastric ballooning, a lot of weight can be shed. This is one of the safest techniques ever introduced by surgeons. The procedure is performed through tiny holes and the recovery is wonderful,” said Professor Goh.

Prof Goh said though the technique was introduced in the USA, it was not being practised there. However, surgeons in countries like Germany, Mexico and the UK were successfully performing the technique on obese patients.

“The procedure is very simple. A balloon is inserted in the abdomen of the patient. The balloon is harmless. Initially it may cause minor problems like indigestion or vomiting but once it settles, there is absolutely no problem. Doctors have to follow-up the patient for six months to know the recovery speed. Then the balloon is removed and by that time the person sheds up to 20 kg weight”, he added.

For greater weight loss, adjustable gastric bands are used. The device is implanted through keyhole surgery. The procedure is fast, safe and relatively painless. Professor Goh said, “after the surgery, the amount of food you are able to eat can be regulated by adjusting the tightness of the band. As with gastric balloon technique, the gastric band technique, allows a feeling of being full after meals while reducing food intake and encouraging the body’s natural weight loss mechanism of fat burning. Up to 50 kg of weight can be lost through the band technique”.

Meanwhile, the conference, organised by the Department of Surgery, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, and the Indian Association of Gastro Intestinal Endo Surgeons (IAGES), concluded today at Hotel Park Plaza. More than 1,000 surgeons from all over the world attended brainstorming sessions conducted by world renowned surgeons with the aid of audio-visual projections on the last day of the conference.

Today’s session opened with a plenary session conducted by renowned experts in the field of laproscopy like Dr Jacques Perrisat, Dr Philippe Mourret and Dr R.W. Stitiz. There were symposiums on solid organs, disaster in laproscopy, thorax and spine and oncology.

Dr Kuldeep Singh, organising secretary of the conference, said IAGES decided to update its website regularly. It would act as a platform for direct interaction between laproscopic surgeons and patients and help surgeons share their views and experiences. To ensure safe and quality laproscopy, IAGES had also decided to recognise training centres of laproscopy after inspection so that budding surgeons could deliver highest standards of minimal access surgery through proper training and with minimum complications. There was also a discussion on the topic, “disaster in laproscopy — when bad things happen to good surgeons.” Dr Philippe Mourret, the first surgeon to perform laproscopic cholecystectomy in the world, said, “this is my first visit to India. This is one of the best conferences of laproscopy and I am glad to be a part of it. I am quite impressed with the work done by Indian surgeons in the field of laproscopy and they are equivalent to the best in the world.”



74 students donate blood
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 21
At a blood donation camp organised by the Punjab State apex body of NGO’s with the collaboration of the college authorities, 74 students of Guru Nanak National College here donated blood.

The camp was inaugurated by Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, General Secretary of College Management Committee. The camp was presided over by Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college. Prof Gursharanjit Singh, Prof M.S. Bhandari, Mr Arun Bector, Mr Balwant Singh Bajwa, Mr Gurmit Singh and Mr Jatinder Puri were honoured by the BSB Welfare Society.

Mr Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal, SDM , Payal congratulated the students who donated blood.

Ludhiana: Ms Shweta Verma, chairperson of the district branch of the Indian Red Cross Society, inaugurated a blood donation and first-aid training camp at the GGN Khalsa College for Boys on Thursday in which 52 units of blood were donated by students. First-aid training was also imparted to the students by an instructor from the St John Ambulance Association, Ludhiana.



Neeru is fastest runner at college meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 21
Neeru emerged as the fastest runner, winning 100 m sprint on the opening day of the 57th Annual Athletics Meet of Arya College, Civil Lines, here today. Dimple Ratra and Prabhjot Kaur finished second and third, respectively.

Earlier, Dr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director, Physical Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, inaugurated the meet in which more than 250 students are participating in different disciplines. Teaching and non-teaching staff members of the college also participated in some events. Dr Singh was presented mementoes by Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Prof H.S. Sidhu, president, sports section, and Prof Parminder Singh, secretary, sports section of the college.

Results: 800 m slow walk (girls) — Dimple Ratra 1, Kiran Sood 2, Neeru 3; 5000 m (boys) — Krishan Madhav 1, Peeyush Rana 2, Vinod Kumar 3; 100 m (girls) — Neeru 1, Dimple Ratra 2, Prabhjot Kaur 3; long jump (boys) — Preet Kanwal Singh 1, Ankur 2, Hardeep Singh 3; shot put (boys) — Rajbir Singh 1, Neeraj Bhandari 2, Baljit Singh 3; 800 m (boys) — Rajbir Singh 1, Rohit Pathak 2, Krishan Madhav 3.

Triple jump — Rajbir Singh 1, Balwinder Singh 2, Preet Kanwal Singh 3; shot put (teaching staff) — Prof Praveen Sharma 1, Dr Vedvrat Pawar 2, Prof V K Bhardwaj 3; shot put (women teaching staff) — Ms Shalu Sharma 1, Prof Pooja Chatley 2; shot put (non teaching staff) — Karan Singh 1, Balwant Singh 2, Rakesh Kumar 3; javelin throw (boys) — Surinder Singh 1, Maninder Singh 2, Preet Kanwal Singh 3.


Panchayati raj sports meet opens

Sahnewal, February 21
The panchayati raj sports meet was inaugurated at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Sahnewal, yesterday. Mr Gurdev Singh Sandhu from the USA inaugurated the bullock-cart race show. The sports were presided over by Mr Satinderpal Singh Sandhu. A cultural programme was also organised.

On the second day, sports events such as Hockey (Girls), Kabbadi (57kg), hockey Junior(boys), Kabbadi (62kg) and Tug of War were organised. OC


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