The Centre for Obesity Control (COC) is a boutique center of excellence in Bariatric surgery that is synonymous with personalized care, uncompromising quality and cutting edge technology. The Centre is one of the leading Bariatric centers in India, with a focus on management of morbid obesity. Today, the Centre is globally recognised and accredited as an International Center of Excellence by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) of USA, a non-profit and highly reputed global accreditor of Surgical Centers and Surgeons. COC was founded in 2002 to evaluate, develop and expand Bariatric procedures and techniques to help patients with Morbid Obesity. When conventional weight-loss techniques fail, surgery becomes a viable treatment option for extremely obese patients. Bariatric surgery helps these patients to not only lose weight but also keep the weight off successfully. This is effective in facilitating control or avoiding various co-morbidities of obesity such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary artery disease, Obstructive sleep apnoea, Arthritis and other disorders that are triggered when obesity is left untreated.
The team of practitioners at COC comprises of highly experienced clinicians in Nutrition Management, Endocrinology, Counseling and Anesthetics. Administering anaesthesia to obese patients calls for high caliber supervision. Our esteemed senior anaesthetist is with us since 1991 and has handled over 35,000 patients during his tenure of 26 years with us. Most of our nursing staff have been a part of our Centre for over 30 years. Our Nurse to Patient ratio of one nurse for every two patients is amongst the best in India.
COC is housed in Agrawal Clinic, a 30-bed boutique Surgical Hospital rooted in strong legacy while constantly keeping ahead of times. It was established in 1974 by the legendary surgeon Dr. J. B. Agrawal who is a true pioneer of laparoscopic surgery in India. In 1981, it became the first hospital to bring Surgical Staplers to India to replace suturing and thus saving significant operating time. It was the second hospital to perform Gall Bladder surgery through Laparoscopy in India, in 1991. Agrawal Clinic also carries the distinction of having performed the maximum number of Laparoscopic Gall bladder surgeries in Mumbai (12000+).
Today, the Center is renowned for its ultra-modern surgical facilities. It houses specialised theaters with advanced endoscopic surgery equipment. The Minimal Access Surgery Theater has state of the art equipment in the field of endosurgery. The best energy systems required for advanced endosurgical procedures i.e. Ultrasonic shears (harmonic scalpel) and Ligasure are also provided in the theaters. It has a fully equipped Surgical ICU with the latest life saving equipment including ventilators and cardiac Defibrillators, portable X-ray machines, ABG, and central oxygen. The hospital is equipped to perform X-ray, Sonography, Fluoroscopy, 2D Echo cardiography and Stress test. It has two specialised theaters fully equipped with a Bariatric Surgery Table, Laminar flow and High definition Laparoscopic camera system. Its Deluxe class recovery rooms are equipped with amenities like air conditioner, TV, fridge, telephone, wireless internet and microwave oven. The rooms are fitted with large-sized furniture for the comfort of Bariatric patients.
Spectrum of Surgery
More than 100 major laparoscopic procedures are performed every month. They include Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric bypasses, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies, Laparoscopic Gastric Bands, Intragastric Balloons, Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Surgeries, Endoscopic Hernia Repairs, Lap Fundoplication for acid reflux, Cardiomyotomies when there is difficulty swallowing, Laparoscopic Spleen Surgery, Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery, Laparoscopic Adrenal Gland Surgery, Bowel Surgery, Oesophagus surgery, Kidney Stone Removal and diagnostic procedures such as Thoracoscopy etc.
Training and Accreditation
Training of surgeons in the art and safe practice of laparoscopy remains one of our priorities. The training courses conducted at our Center are endorsed by the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-surgeons (IAGES). We have trained over 150 surgeons from India and abroad so far.