Treatment of 500kg Egyptian woman in India may take 4 years

36-year-old Egyptian, Eman Ahmed, was transferred to India last week for bariatric surgery

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Eman Ahmed, the “world’s heaviest woman” who has been transferred from Egypt to India, will have to undergo several procedures before the actual bariatric surgery is performed on her.

According to a Zee News report, Eman, who weighs 500kg, has already lost 30kg in the last two months under the supervision of Dr Muffazal Lakdawala of Mumbai’s Saifee clinic. According to the doctors attending to her, Eman’s complete treatment is likely to take four years and that she needs to lose another 100kg before undergoing the procedures.

The surgery that Eman undergoes will be a routine one that helps people with extreme obesity to lose weight. There are two types of bariatric surgery – restrictive and malabsorptive – and the team of doctors monitoring Eman is expected to announce the further course of treatment soon.

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Doctors attending to her say that bariatric surgery procedures cause significant long-term weight loss (60-80 percent), recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, a reduction in mortality of 23 percent from 40 percent, and reduces rates of developing cancer and psychiatric disorders.

However, as is the case with all types of surgery, weight loss surgery carries risks and can cause a number of side effects, including internal bleeding, infection and blood clots. Those undergoing bariatric surgery are recommended a healthy diet, regularly workout, and making constant efforts to avoid gaining weight again.

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