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Alchemist Hospital, Panchkula

Bariatric Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist
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Sector 21
Panchkula, Haryana - 134112
Details for Dr. Atul Sharma
Armed Forces Medical College Pune
MS - General Surgery
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery
Professional Memberships
Association of Surgeons of India
Indian association of Surgical Gastroenterology
Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons
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Past Experience
Sr Consultant in G I Surgery at Army Medical Corps
  • MS - General Surgery, Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery
    Bariatric Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist
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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    Recovery after Weight Loss Surgery

    To let your stomach heal, you will be advised a liquid diet as it isn’t advisable for you to eat for the first few days following bariatric surgery. You will very slowly transition back to solid foods. Your calorie consumption will be much less of what it used to be, and your diet will be completely different. It typically takes patients anywhere from two to six weeks to start feeling balanced and back to normal again.

    It is also important that you drink approx (about 6-8 glasses) 1.5 – 2 L per day, as it's important that you remain well hydrated... YOU MUST DRINK FLUIDS, not just water. If you only drink water, you may develop electrolyte abnormalities. Keep the drink next to you and sip it slowly with a straw every 15 to 20 minutes.

    Diet plan after Weight Loss Surgery: Generally, the diet pattern advised is: -

    Weeks 1 & 2 – liquid diet - Oral rehydration fluid ORS (Electral or Walyte) lemon water, musambi juice, cocoanut water, unsweetened, green / herbal tea, clear dal / veg / chicken soup, khichdi / rice water, dilute lassi made of double toned milk, Glucerna SR, (the taste can be improved by adding a few drops of rose water or some Elaich powder), Protienex in double toned Milk.

    Weeks 3 & 4 – semi solid diet – Should be of sauce consistency, something which doesn’t need to be chewed eg Dalia, Patli Khichri, Peeli moong dal, Curd rice, Milk dalia, Milk suji, custard.

    Weeks 5 & 6 – soft solid diet - like Veg upma, Veg dalia, wheatflakes in milk, oatmeal, egg white, well cooked vegetables like lauki, tori, kaddu, Dals, Veg Raita

    Week 7 onwards – normal diet (with necessary restrictions) chewed well and eaten slowly

    Keeping a food diary is useful because it aids as a monitoring guide of the food intake to the patient. About 1200 calories and 60 to 70 g of protein should be the goal once the patient reaches the normal diet phase. Healthy eating for weight loss surgery patients has two angles… what you eat and how you eat.
    In general, there are 7 food principles to live by:

    1. Eat healthy
    Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as Papaya, Melons, Apples, Cucumber, Ghia / Lauki, Tori, Tinda, Spinnach, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Sprouts in curd, Raita with Lauki / Cucumber

    2. Protein first Protein is one of the most important nutrients for your body, and you need 60 to 80 grams a day in order to stay healthy.
    (Egg white, Steamed fish / Chicken, Chicken soup, Soya bean dal, Nutri nuggets, Tofu, Cottage cheese made from double toned milk,

    3. Keep your blood sugar stable – by eating on time 3 - 4 times a day at 6 to 8 hr intervals

    4. Drink the right amount of water at the right times

    5. Don’t snack

    6. Be religious about taking your Vitamins, Calcium and iron supplements

    7. How you eat is as important as what you eat;

    Stop eating before you feel full to avoid vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and difficulty in swallowing and to prevent stomach stretching and weight regain.

    Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly

    Do not drink during meals or up to an hour afterwards

    Eating healthy means that your diet should consist primarily of FOG foods…

    What NOT to eat

    The following foods should be eliminated from your diet forever…
    Sugar, sugar-containing foods and concentrated sweets
    Fruit juices
    High-saturated fat, processed cheese,
    Fried foods

    Foods that may give you problems.
    Carbonated beverages, White bread containing maida, Pasta, Rice, Red meat, Cashew / Pea Nuts, Popcorn, foods high in fibre (Guava, Pears etc)
    Caffeine and Alcohol is best abstained from

    How you prepare your food is as important as what you buy…
    When cooking, bake, grill, poach or broil………….don’t fry.
    Use low fat (skimmed / double toned) milk instead of whole milk.
    Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of oil, replace oil in recipes with curd.
    Add spices or lemon juice to add flavour instead of olive oil or butter.

    Side Effects after Bariatric Surgery

    Nausea or vomiting is common within the first few months following weight loss surgery.

    How you eat is as important as what you eat when it comes to preventing nausea and vomiting. Avoid eating and drinking too quickly or too much, take small bites and chew your food thoroughly. Do not drink any liquids during your meals or within an hour afterwards. This can flush your meals through your new stomach which can cause you to eat more and contribute to malabsorption and dumping syndrome.

    Body aches – should pass with time. If they become too uncomfortable, talk with your doctor about which pain relievers are safe. You should avoid NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Brufen or Combiflam.

    Feeling weak, tired or cold – should also pass with time, especially once your new bariatric diet is in place and, as soon as you are feeling up to it, your exercise program has begun

    Constipation – drinking more fluids, eating fibrous foods or taking fiber supplements and moving around regularly should help.

    Diarrhea or loose stools - Is usually caused by intake of food not being cooked or stored hygienically, or as part of Dumping Syndrome. Introduce one new item at one time so that the offending item can be identified.

    Dumping Syndrome, especially after gastric bypass, is caused by rapid emptying of your stomach after a meal. This happens if water is drunk with or soon after meals OR of you have consumed high caloric drink / food. Symptoms include weakness, dizziness, flushing and warmth, nausea and palpitation and diarrhoea immediately or shortly after eating. If you don't adopt the right habits, this problem can continue over the long-term.

    Your emotional state may also be a little shaky immediately following surgery. It’s common for patients to feel scared, uncertain or moody due to hormonal changes and to the emotional effects of adjusting to a new life after weight loss surgery.

    Skin changes such as acne or dry skin occur with some patients. The right bariatric diet and bariatric vitamins are your best defence. There are also many over the counter creams and lotions that can help. Worst case, partner with your dermatologist to find a treatment that works.

    Hair loss – this can be an alarming side effect of rapid weight loss, but it is only temporary. It happens in about half of all patients in the year following surgery. Proper nutrition is the best prevention, specially ensuring adequate protein and the right bariatric vitamins. Several other treatments can also help, including the application of special shampoos, flax seed oil, biotin tablets or powder.

    In order to maintain your weight loss and health improvement after weight loss surgery, you'll need to develop proper long-term diet and exercise habits. Otherwise, you will gain your weight back.
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    Dietary advice to loose weight:

    To loose weight one has to persist with a drastic reduction in the intake of carbohydrates, (specially refined sugars) and fats, increase the intake of proteins and increase the expenditure of energy by regular exercise.

    Starving ones self does not work for any length of time and three meals at regular times, eaten slowly is the best method. Avoid snacking between meals, have a good breakfast, moderate lunch and a light dinner.

    The foods to avoid are sugars, or anything that contains sugar and fat such as bakery products, ice creams, desserts, fried foods (like pranthe, pakore, puris) pizza and potatoes. Rice can be replaced with two chapattis made of multi grain atta.

    To fill your stomach one should take lots of fruits (papaya, apples, guava) and green vegetables (cucumber, ghia, laoki, teenda, and tori) and sprouted dal. Milk should be double toned.

    Your protein intake should be increased by taking egg white, grilled / steamed fish or chicken made in small amounts of olive / sunflower oil. Vegetarians can use soya bean dal, nutri nuggets and cottage cheese made from double tone milk.
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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    Some myths about Bariatric Surgery

    Myth: You?ll live on a liquid diet and protein shakes for the rest of your life & it will be difficult to eat with family and friends.

    Truth: All patients put on a liquid diet for 10 ? 14 days before and after surgery, to help with the operation and healing process. A couple of weeks post-surgery, they are weaned off liquid diet and soon all patients eat small quantities of home cooked food. Dieticians work with patients to show them the kinds of meals they can make that will fit in their new healthy lifestyle, which can actually be shared with family members and friends.

    Myth: Bariatric surgery is the easy way out.

    Truth: Bariatric surgery is only a tool to help patients follow a diet plan & achieve weight-loss faster and for a prolonged duration, and to prevent a rebound weight gain by reducing their appetite and inducing early satiety. If patients don?t follow a healthy diet, exercise, and take their vitamins, it won?t work.

    Myth: You will be left with a big scar after weight loss surgery.

    Truth: All weight loss surgeries are now carried out laparoscopically, meaning you will be left with a very small mark. The laparoscopic technique is a way that a surgeon can perform complex procedures that used to require the conventional large incisions through minimal access.

    Myth: you cannot get pregnant after weight loss surgery

    Truth: It is possible to have children after weight loss surgery, your fertility will improve. However, most doctors will advise you to wait 1-2 years before trying to get pregnant. This is because you need to wait until you have lost most of what you wanted to lose and your weight loss has stabilized.
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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    Do gallstones cause cancer ?
    The incidence of gallbladder cancer parallels the prevalence of gall stone disease; large and long-standing gall stones being associated with a higher risk of gallbladder cancer. Gall stone disease is common in north India and occurs at a younger age than in the western populations. Moreover, patients with gall stone disease present for treatment a long time after the onset of symptoms. Both these factors result in prolonged exposure of the gallbladder to stones. Besides gall stone disease, various other factors may also play a role in the causation of gallbladder cancer which is a North Indian disease.
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    Symptoms of gallstone disease
    Asymptomatic Gallstones:
    Most do not develop symptoms even after follow up periods as long as 20 years. Approximately 20% of patients develop symptoms by 15 years. Asymptomatic gallstone disease does not need surgery but there are important exceptions tabulated below.
    1.High risk for gallbladder cancer
    North Indian women with gallstones
    Gallstones larger than 3 cm in diameter
    Porcelain gallbladder (calcification in the wall)
    Gallbladder polyps larger than 12 mm
    Note:- The role of prophylactic cholecystectomy in young patients from various parts of India has been emphasized in many recent papers.
    Infection in the gallbladder in patients with gallstones can be life threatening
    Working for prolonged periods in remote parts of the world with poor medical facilities
    Symptomatic Gallstone Disease:
    Although dyspepsia (upper abdominal fullness, flatulence or gas formation, heart burn, hyperacidity) are not considered typical symptoms of gallstones, in a study from AIIMS new Delhi of the 1,680 consecutive dyspeptic patients, 500 (29.8%) had gallstones. The common presentation of patients with gallstones is:-
    Biliary pain: The typical first symptom is frequently characterized as pain in the right upper abdomen after a meal, more so after fatty foods.
    Complications of gallstone disease
    a. Acute Cholecystitis: Often patients will have history of biliary pain which lasts for > 3 hours, associated with fever and right upper quadrant tenderness (Murphy?s sign).
    b. Chronic Chlolecystitis: Patients will have episodic epigastric or right upper abdominal pain lasting for more than 30 minutes
    c. Choledocholithiasis: When a stone from the gallbladder slips into the common bile duct it can lead to biliary colic, obstructive jaundice followed by acute cholangitis or pancreatitis.
    d. Acute Cholangitis: is a medical emergency. Patients may present with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, fever and jaundice. (Charcot?s triad)
    e. Pancreatitis: A most dreaded and life threatening complication of gallstones presents with very severe, persistent central upper abdominal pain, retching and prostration.
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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    How do gallstone form ?
    Gallstones are either cholesterol gallstones (pure and mixed) or pigment stones (black or brown). Super-saturation of bile with cholesterol and stagnation of bile in the gallbladder are the two major causative factors which predispose to cholesterol gallstone formation. Mixed cholesterol gallstones are the commonest stones in adults and in adolescent girls. Pigment stones are more common in children. The composition of gallstones is also different in different parts India. In north and eastern India gallstones are predominantly cholesterol stones. The myth that seeds in vegetables lead to gallstone formation needs to be dispelled.
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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
    General Surgeon
    In a study - titled 'Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013' published in the “The Lancet” in August 2014, India is very closely following USA and China in the prevalence of obesity - a trend in most developing countries. Rising income is increasing the average caloric intake per individual among the middle class. Unhealthy processed “junk” food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles is making one in every five Indian overweight. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake, lack of physical activity and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications, or psychiatric illness.

    Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. WHO views it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. In western countries a Body Mass Index (BMI - which is the ratio of the individual’s weight divided by the body surface area in M2) more than 25 kg/m2 is considered overweight. Due to genetic tendency of Indians towards abdominal obesity and its associated risk of related lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnoea, infertility, arthritis of the hips and knees, depression and social ostracism. As per the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) updated guidelines of 2012 Indians with a BMI over 23 kg/m2 is considered overweight; over 25 is considered obese and more than 32.5 an indication for Bariatric surgery.
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