A life-transforming journey of Aly from Kenya
In 2013, I weighed 194 kgs. Life was a struggle beyond words.
Today I weigh 85 kgs and the journey has been life-transforming.
An asthma patient since childhood, I had been put on steroids for medication and this led to an abnormal rate of weight gain. At the age of 21, I weighed 194 kgs and was faced with the emotional, mental, physical and psychological trauma of being severely obese. It became extremely hard to lose that excess weight by natural means.
I had hit an emotional low point. Day to day activities had become a challenge. The remarks and taunts from people hurt. Even something as basic as breathing had become difficult. There were many other problems. It was at this point that I was recommended to approach Dr. Abhay Agrawal for bariatric surgery and I agreed.
My family was extremely supportive of my decision and I flew down from Nairobi, Kenya to Mumbai, India for the surgery. When I went in for the surgery, my BMI was 58. The surgery went off well and Dr. Agrawal was very responsive to my every concern and question. I returned to Kenya two days after the surgery.
During the first few days after the procedure, one is put on a liquid / semi-solid diet as the body starts preparing itself for a controlled diet.
In the first two weeks after the surgery, I lost 15 to 18 kgs. In the first year, I was down by 45 kgs. In two years, I lost 111 kgs.
Things are much easier today and I am able to enjoy living a normal life. I still have an asthma problem but things have improved. Even today, I am required to take steroids in case of severe asthama but my weight is under control. It has been a long journey but a fulfilling one.
In my opinion, there is a tipping point in the weight loss and weight gain journey. Up until that point, exercise, diet, nutrition etc may be able to help in losing weight but once the weight is beyond that tipping point, natural weight loss is impossible. If one finds themselves in such a situation, it is better to consider surgical options like bariatric surgery as a means to resolve the problem of obesity.
Today, I am fit, I go to the gym regularly to exercise, I can enjoy going out like other people and receive complements for my looks. I feel confident and good about myself. I look back at the decision to go in for bariatric surgery as a turning point in my life.
About Dr Abhay Agrawal:
Dr Abhay Agrawal is a world-class expert in all types of Bariatric surgeries: Mini Gastric Bypass, Roux-en- y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Ileal Transposition (Diabetes Surgery) with vast experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Dr Agrawal is one of the few in world to be certified as International Surgeon of Excellence from the non-profit accreditation organisation Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) USA.
He has treated more than 4000 patients with Bariatric surgery and his Bariatric program is well known for consistent and high quality results in long term weight loss as he personally treats every patient.
Dr Agrawal is available for consultations and surgeries at his own Center for Obesity and Diabetes Control (CODC) Malad East; SevenHills Hospital Andheri East; and Apollo Spectra Hospital Tardeo, at Mumbai, India.
For appointments, call or what’s app on +91 98210 32169 or email at email@example.com