Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that your partner's obesity is causing such problems. I am not sure which operation you are referring to, but if fat was being pumped out of the body in the TV programme, this may have been a procedure called liposuction. You can contact most plastic surgeons for details about liposuction (i.e. how much it costs, what side-effects there are and how much fat they can actually remove with this process). Ask your gp to refer you to a plastic surgeon. You may find that the amount of fat that can be removed with liposuction is not sufficient for a patient with severe obesity, so in such a case, bariatric surgery where part of the digestive tract (stomach or intestine) is bypassed to reduce the absorption of food, may be more effective. Contact the Bariatric Centres of Excellence in regard to having a gastric bypass to assist weightloss. You can contact Jana Derksen at the Call Centre for the Netcare Bariatric Centres of Excellence on 0861-623-7489 or contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on her cell phone at: 072-373-0155 or visit their Website at www.netcare.co.za to discuss this option. Such Centres of Excellence may well offer both liposuction and bariatric surgery so that you can compare the 2 options.
I do hope you will be able to get help for your partner.
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