“GEM Hospital” Announced 100 Successful Bariatric Surgeries under “Chief Minister Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme”

GEM Hospital Celebrates 100 successful bariatric surgeries under the
Chief Minister’s Health Insurance scheme.

Chennai, 8th August 2019: GEM Hospital, India’s premier Gastroenterology, laparoscopic and
Robotic surgery hospital, organized the “Beneficiary meeting” of patients who underwent
bariatric surgery under the Tamil Nadu Comprehensive Chief Ministers Health Insurance
Scheme. Over 100 such surgeries have been performed already under the scheme. Thiru Dr C.
Vijayabaskar, Honourable Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Dr. Beela Rajesh,
Health Secretary, Govt of Tamilnadu graced the occasion with their presence.
Speaking on the Occasion Thiru Dr C. Vijayabaskar, Honourable Minister for Health & Family
Welfare said that, “Tamil Nadu is the only state to recognize Bariatric Surgery under the ChiefMinister’s Insurance Scheme benefitting those suffering from Obesity”.Dr. Praveen Raj, Head – Department of Bariatric Surgery, GEM Hospital mentioned that,
“Bariatric surgery refers to laparoscopic procedure performed with the intent of treatment ofmorbid obesity, type 2 diabetes and related co-morbidities. It is a part of the special procedures
under TNHSP (Tamilnadu Health Systems Project), which is the first of its kind in India. Many states are in the process of following our model on the same. With lifestyle diseases emerging to
be the major killer of today’s century, bariatric surgery has evolved to be a boon for many, suffering from these diseases that’s refractory to lifestyle modifications and medical
management alone”.
He also added that, “World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised Obesity as a disease.
Hypertension, infertility, sleep apnea, cardiac illness and eventual increase in morbidity and
mortality, Chances of type 2 diabetes are some of the ill effects of Obesity. Any treatment relating to this disease is a life saving procedure. We have already completed Over 100 such procedures
in our hospital successfully with tremendous improvements in the quality and quantity of life ofthese patients. We celebrate this moment and thank all the stakeholders involved with the
success of the program”.

Many patients who have recovered from obesity shared their journey and improvements in the
associated co-morbidities and their suffering. More than 50 patients from different parts of the
state participated in the function and were honoured..
About GEM Hospitals:
GEM Hospital,India’s premier Gastroenterology and laparoscopic speciality hospital based
out of Coimbatore have inaugurated their 5th and flagship hospital in Chennai recently.
Pioneering laparoscopic surgeon Dr. C. Palanivelu is the founder of GEM Hospital.He was the
first to introduce laparoscopic key hole surgery insouth India.He has been instrumental for
development of many innovative techniques in laparoscopic surgery and spreading laparoscopic
surgery amongst the masses.
GEM Hospital focuses mainly on the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases (including GI cancers,
liver transplantation and obesity) and laparoscopic surgeries. GEM was the first to include the
concept of organ based specialization to provide much superior outcomes.

This includes
specialities like Upper GI Surgery (Stomach & Oesophagus), Colorectal Surgery (Small &large intestines), Hepatobiliary surgery (liver & pancreas), Bariatric surgery (obesity &diabetes), Interventional endoscopy, Liver transplantation etc. It also has advanced
treatment facilities in the speciality including da Vinci Robotic surgery, 4K/3D laparoscopy,Advanced Truebeam Radiotherapy, Comprehensive Obesity and Liver transplant departments.
GEM Hospital is also the only hospital to perform liver transplant using the laparoscopic

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