Hyderabad, Mar 24 : India’s ace badminton player and Olympic silver-medalist P.V. Sindhu inaugurated KIMS LivLife Center here on Saturday.
Leading South Indian Healthcare Major, KIMS Hospitals and South India’s first International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery – LivLife Hospitals announced that they have entered into an agreement to work as a single force in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgeries through KIMS and LivLife network, bringing together two South Indian renowned institutions.
This collaboration is the first of its kind to offer complex bariatric care directly to all patients of all socio-economic levels. Under this agreement, both the hospitals together provide latest technological advances like Robotic surgeries, endoscopic bariatric surgical procedures to patients at affordable prices.
KIMS LivLife Centre collaboration is agreed to be in line with vision and commitment of ‘Passion for Healing'. Speaking on the occasion, KIMS Hospitals CEO and Managing Director Dr. Bhaskar Rao, said “LivLife Hospitals are renowned for their commitment in providing high-quality patient outcomes and together, would develop and provide constant high-quality treatment which will benefit patients and their families.
The collaboration between our organizations offers access to high quality, cost effective care to patients who need the most complex obesity care, he added.
LivLife Centre Clinical Director and Chief Surgeon (obesity and Diabetes) Dr. Nanda Kishore D, said, we have partnered with another renowned institution such as KIMS to provide a way for more patients from across the country to access world-class specialized care.
We plan to create a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery division, with multiple centers of excellence, with group of well-trained surgeons, to provide safe and effective services to patients and also offer best training programs for the upcoming surgeons, he informed.
In India, the incidence Obesity is around 9 per cent, but in a cross-sectional view, most of the obesity is in Urban India. Several lakhs of people are suffering Obesity and its consequences like Diabetes, Hypertension, high cholesterol levels, joint related issues, infertility, heart diseases, strokes and certain cancers.
However, only about 16000 surgeries have been performed in India during last year. Although, each year, this number is growing, it is still a drop in the ocean. The reasons for people not availing such services are fear, cost and lack of awareness, he said.
Few insurance companies have started providing Obesity surgery related insurance policies, while many are yet to. In comparison, few lakhs of such surgeries were performed in USA as there is proper awareness and support from insurance companies, Dr Kishore added. (UNI)