Devan, an hotelier, has unsuccessfully battled obesity for 15 years. “I have tried dieting, exercising—by going to the gym, and seeing health practitioners on weight loss programs.” One program seemed to work as he experienced gradual weight loss for the first three months, but when his weight remained stagnant in the fourth and fifth month, he lost interest in the program and eventually regained the lost pounds.
“I resorted to my usual indulgences,” he confesses, adding that he developed a penchant for good food, thanks to his mother’s skill in the kitchen and his career in the hospitality industry.
One New Year's Day several years ago, Devan resolved to lose weight, especially as he and his wife were expecting their first child. “I want to be able to do things with my family, I wanted to help my wife more, and did not want obesity to be a hindrance,” he explained. He came to KPJ Damansara’s Severe Obesity Center, which had opened in the previous year. At the time, his body mass index (BMI) was 54.8. Two months afterward, his BMI was down to 46.
“Now I feel more energetic, more alert and very much lighter,” he says, enthusiastically. “I am very happy with my decision to overcome obesity, and I am looking forward to the next phase of my life, which I hope will be much better.” He has kept off the weight with healthier eating habits and exercise, thanks to the skilled medical guidance he received from the staff at KPJ Damansara.
Last updated on 30 December 2015
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.