New Delhi: Dr Mohit Bhandari, an eminent Bariatric, Metabolic & Robotic Surgeon and Founder & Director of Indore-based Mohak Bariatrics & Robotics, recently performed a record 53 bariatric operations in 13 hours, thereby entering the World Book of Records.
In an exclusive interview with India Medical Times, Dr Bhandari shared some insights into the making of this world record.
Why did you do this feat, performing 53 bariatric surgeries in a marathon 13 hours? What was the key objective in taking this challenge?
The thought was never to make any record; we have a big support team in the OT as well as post-operative care team also. Since all these patients were waiting for the surgeries and Mohak Bariatric & Robotic Centre, Indore has adequate equipment, infrastructure and a dexterous team to perform these many surgeries in a day and since we felt that we are competent enough to complete these surgeries, we booked all these 53 patients for operation. The key take away from this was that it gave a wide message that one should not be afraid of this procedure.
How did you manage to pull off this fascinating feat, performing 53 bariatric surgeries with an average of just 15 minutes per surgery, whereas a typical bariatric surgery takes 1-2 hours?
Like I said, we have a big team with us. As it is a dedicated bariatric surgery centre with a monthly patient base of 125-150, we routinely do 15-20 surgeries on a daily basis with 5 operating rooms running simultaneously.
Please share some details in terms of space, number of OTs, number of specialist doctors, nurses, support staff, infrastructure, etc employed to achieve this feat. What sort of things / medical tools was used in this? Please share some numbers.
We have 5 operating rooms, with a staff strength of 150.
What was the success rate in this? How are the patients doing now?
All the patients were discharged 3rd day after surgery, and have been seen in the follow up also. They all are doing good.
What were the top most challenges in doing this feat? How did you overcome them?
The only challenge was that we provide the best possible care to all the patients. And it gave me immense joy when one patient went on camera and said that she never thought this much individual attention would be given to each patient.
Since you have done about 11,000 bariatric surgeries so far, have you observed some key patterns?
India has become the diabetes capital of the world. Along with obesity, this new disease called as ‘diabesity’ is a serious concern. Contrary to popular notion that obesity is a disease of the rich and limited to metros, it is the tier 2-3 and rural areas which are now more affected by obesity.
What message would you like to give to young bariatric surgeons?
Bariatric surgery is a life changing surgery. Invest in your patient and when you see the results, nothing will give you greater joy.