Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top 10 Myths and Facts about Bariatric Surgery

With number of people suffering from Obesity reaching an alarming level, WHO has declared Obesity as an Epidemic. Conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and mostly the risk of dying; Bariatric surgery seems to be a blessing for those who desperately try to lose weight and have failed miserably.

Myth 1 – Bariatric Surgery is a Cosmetic surgery to remove fat from the body
difference between weight loss surgery and obesity surgery
Cosmetic surgery removes localized fat deposits while
Bariatric surgery  results in massive weight loss

Fact- It’s a common notion that fat is removed from the body during weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery works on the principle of restriction and malabsorption; i.e., limiting the amount of food that the body can take and nutrients that are absorbed by the body. Cosmetic surgery works on a particular area of the body to remove fat. There is no weight loss during fat removal i.e with Liposuction. 

Bariatric surgery infact is a life saving surgery.  As the size of the body size increases, longevity decreases. For several morbidly obese people suffering from a number of life threatening conditions; including their risk of dying; bariatric surgery truly is a life saver.

Myth 2 – Bariatric Surgery is very risky

how risky is weight loss operation
Bariatric Surgery is in fact a life saving procedure 
Fact- From a health condition that is considered morbidly obese or overweight with co-morbid than dying because of the weight loss surgery. An average study on 60,000 patients reveals that risk of death within 30 days after WLS is just 1 in 1000 patients; lesser than other surgeries. Thus, inspite of poor health condition of bariatric patients, chance of dying from operation are grim.
conditions; your risk of dying early are much higher

 Myth 3- People who choose bariatric surgery don’t have willpower

Fact- On the contrary; choosing to undergo weight loss surgery shows a lot of couarge and commitment on the part of the person. It is not an easy decision. People who opt for the procedure have possibly tried various ways to lose weight in the past, have struggled for years and have failed miserably. They understand that surgery is the final option in their quest for weight loss.

Myth 4 - Bariatric surgery is a quick and easy fix for rapid weight loss

Fact- Bariatric surgery is a life changing decision. It is not a quick and easy fix. You need to make life long commitment to change your eating habits and lifestyle in order to reduce and maintain weight.

Myth 5 - Only morbidly obese can undergo Bariatric surgery

Fact- Morbid Obesity is not the only criteria. Overweight people suffering from co-morbid conditions because of obesity such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint problems are also good candidates for bariatric surgery.

Myth 6 – All Weight loss surgeries are the same

Different Weight loss surgeries work differntly
Fact- There are different types of weight loss surgeries and they all work in different ways.  Gastric band surgery and Gastric sleeve surgery restricts the amount of food that the body can accept, while gastric bypass works on malabsorption principle where the amount of nutrients the body can absorb are limited. You would thus be advised different procedures as per your unique conditions.

Myth 7 – Weight Loss Surgery is always covered by Insurance

does insurance cover bariatric surgery?
Weight loss surgery is often not covered under Insurance

Fact-   Insurance does not always cover bariatric surgery for everyone. A highly individual plan;
insurance involves a pre-approval processes inclusive of health evaluations, documented history of medically-supervised weight loss, history of being obese for a long period and lots more.  Besides, there is no guarantee that insurance will cover the costs for all types of weight-loss surgery.

 Myth 8- Weight loss after the surgery is permanant

Fact- This is the biggest myth of all. For maintaining weight loss post-surgery you would need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some regain is likely; for example after having lost 120 pounds a gain of 20-30 pounds is possible. Perhaps one of the reasons is because the body is adjusting to the “new norm” and learning to store fat even on a very limited diet.

Myth 9 - Women should undergo Bariatric surgery only after they have finished with childbearing

Fact- On the contrary, many women are unable to conceive because of Obesity and are thus advised to undergo Bariatric surgery. Conception for a year or two is not advised after the operation as you may not be getting enough nutrients. But after you have reached a stable weight, it is completely alright to get pregnant.

Myth 10- You won’t be able to eat anything that tastes good after WLS

Fact- Patients who undergo gasric bypass need to avoid sweet food because of the nausea and dizziness that it creates. You could have your favorite foods after you have completely recovered, though you would need to be wary of your portion size. High caloric foods should be avoided at all costs while you experiment with new foods. Besides; sacrificing a few food items would not be as difficult after having acquired a new shape.  

If you are also suffering from Obesity and health issues because of your weight and looking for affordable weight loss surgery options, write to us at

IndiCure is the most renowned name for providing affordable weight loss surgery options in India in association with top bariatric surgeons. You can also call us at +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) or +91 93200 36777 for further information. We are also available on skype@ Indicure

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rehabilitation after ACL repair surgery

The distressing knee injury – the ACL tear is caused by the hyperextension of the knee which typically occurs in sports while jumping, quickly changing direction or making a sudden stop. These high-risk sports include football, rugby, tennis, volleyball, skiing and even golf. Unfortunately, a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can leave you suspended for months. However, following these simple protocol for Rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction surgery in India could aid in your early ACL recovery.

ACL rehabilitation protocol: An overview

The ACL rehabilitation protocol is a guide to the patient who underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. Though, there is no pre-determined timeline for the Rehabilitation, you need to follow the ACL protocol at your own pace and let your body decide how quickly you can recover.

Your orthopedic surgeon and expert physical therapist will design an appropriate exercise rehabilitation program and advice you through each Level of ACL rehab protocol. This ACL Rehabilitation protocol gives a brief idea about the standard exercises for each level, however, the programs should always be individualized.

The ACL rehabilitation protocol has been divided into 5 levels, each with definite goals and outcome measures that need to be accomplished at the end of each level to progress on to the next level.

The 5 Levels are:
  • Level 1: Recovery post-surgery
  • Level 2: Strength & neuromuscular control
  • Level 3: Agility exercise & landing training
  • Level 4: Return to Sport and Activities of daily living
  • Level 5: Prevention of re-injury

Here are the guideline to monitor your progress through an ACL rehab protocol after ACL reconstruction surgery:

  1.  Encourage early knee straightening within first 2-3 weeks post-surgery
  2.  Knee flexion should be initiated and progressed gradually
  3. Keep an eye on knee pain and swelling. If present and intensifying,  note that your knee is not bearing what you are doing.
  4. Focus on correct movement and bio-mechanical pattern while exercising as one tends to develop compensation pattern post ACL tear
  5. Develop muscle strength gradually as knee joint will take time to re-adapt high impact activities.
  6. The later 1/3rd of the rehab protocol is most critical and aids to lessen the risk of re-injury, enhance the chance of early return to sports  and activities of daily living and more likely reduces the possibility of OA knee
  7. Your ACL rehab is accomplished, once you are back to high impact activities with no pain.

IndiCure has chosen few of the best orthopedic hospitals in India and top orthopedic surgeons in India to provide affordable and trustworthy treatment options to the medical tourist looking for low cost surgery options abroad.

To get a free medical opinion from experts for ACL tear and ACL reconstruction surgery in India, please e-mail Medical history and diagnostic reports of the patient to

You can alternatively call us at +91 93200 36777 or US Toll Free at +1-877-270-2448 or talk to us at Skype@Indicure

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Look young and rejuvenated this summer with Affordable eyelid surgery in India

Eyes are the most important part of your face and it is usually the eyes which are the first to get give away the real age.  Aging, stress, sun all play a role in making our eyes look tired and droopy.  The skin loses its elasticity and muscles slacken; the loose skin gets collected as folds in upper eyelids and deep creases in lower lids.

If you are waiting to look young and get your face rejuvenated this summer, look beyond borders. You can opt for affordable eyelid surgery in India. The advantages of getting plastic surgery in India are many; the cost is affordable, the surgeons are skilled and experienced, the hospitals are accredited , language is not a problem and you get to see a country which is a MUST see by most travel magazines of the world.

Eyelid surgery- the procedure

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty can be single eyelid surgery or double eyelid surgery . Single eyelid surgery means either the lower or upper eyelid surgery is operated while double eyelid surgery means both upper and lower eyelids are operated.  The surgery takes about 30 min to an hour depending upon whether one or both eyelids are being operated.

The procedure can be done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending upon your and surgeon’s preference. For upper eyelids, the incision is made in the natural crease of the skin to avoid any scars and for lower eyelid, the incision is either made in the lower lid or can be trans-conjunctival to avoid scarring. The excess fat is removed, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed and incisions are closed.

You would stay at the hospital for a day and it is advisable to stay in town for another 5-6 days before you go back to your country.

Recovery after eyelid surgery/ blepharoplasty

Recovery is fairly quick. You need to follow certain instructions given by the surgeon for a quick and smooth recovery.

So, plan your trip to India this summer and get yourself rejuvenated at most affordable cost. You can combine your trip with getaway to one of the great places of tourist destination in India. 

For assistance and planning, write to us at or call us at +91 93200 36777 or US Toll-free at +1-877-270-2448 or talk to us at Skype@Indicure

IndiCure is the most popular provider of plastic surgery in India.  With hundreds of happy patients from across the world, we understand your requirements well. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Single Incision Laparoscopic surgery – newest and most popular in the US

Single Incision Laparoscopic surgery (SILS)

Single incision laparoscopic surgery is fast becoming a popular technique in US and other Western countries. It is the newest technique in laparoscopic surgery and is regarded as non-invasive. The technique offers many advantages. The procedure as the name suggests is performed through a single incision and thus, there are minimal or no scars, less blood loss, lesser post-operative pain and quicker recovery.

Besides, the surgery is financially advantageous to hospitals, insurance companies, and caregivers too because the patient’s hospital stay is shorter and recovery is much faster.

In a traditional laparoscopic surgery, 4-5 small incisions are made and surgical instruments are placed through these incisions. In single incision laparoscopic surgery, only one incision is made which is used as the entry point. All surgical instruments are placed through this incision, which is located either in the left abdomen or umbilicus.

SILS - advantages and disadvantages
SILS - advantages and disadvantages

Various procedures that can be performed through SILS technique are:

Surgeries performed through single incision take almost the same time as traditional laparoscopic procedures. It is, however, important to note that not everyone is a candidate for single incision laparoscopic surgery. Since the procedure is considered complicated because of the proximity of all the instruments, restricted degree of freedom of movement and thus manipulation is tough. Only very few surgeons are trained to perform the procedure. Factors such as severe obesity, severe adhesions or scarring from previous surgeries prohibit patients from undergoing SILS.

India has few of the most qualified and experienced surgeons performing Single incision laparoscopic surgery at most affordable cost. If you are looking for similar surgery, write to us at or call us at +91 93200 36777 or US Toll-free at +1-877-270-2448 or talk to us at Skype@Indicure
IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company in India providing quality medical treatment at most affordable prices. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Knee replacement in India – surgery and recuperation

Replacement surgery and India

Knee replacement surgery in India is a great choice for international patients. Not only is the country known for its medical know-how and infrastructure, the costs associated are a huge plus. No wonder the medical tourist traffic to the country is steadily rising from the Americas and Europe to Africa and other Asian countries! India is fairly popular when it comes to knee and joint replacement cases. 

Knee replacement in India
Knee replacement surgery is a great option for International patients.
Knee replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. The replacement can be partial or complete and usually calls for a hospital stay for a maximum of four days and minimum of one. Since the knee is one of the most stressed parts of the body, it is crucial that the patient goes through careful therapy and rehabilitation which can take just a couple of months to a year. 

In many cases, patients are also placed in CPM (continuous passive motion) which enables movement of the knee while still in bed. This continuous movement is recommended in order to avoid any kind of stiffness. In the next few days of recuperation, the patient is encouraged to start with light movements like getting up from the bed, walking and low impact exercises. By the third or fourth day of surgery, the patient is usually able to move around with support like crutches or a cane, at which stage he/she is allowed to be discharged and follow-up needed after about six weeks.

A medical tourist in India

As a medical tourist in India, this is a good time to spend at your destination hotel/resort and recuperate in peace and convenience. If a physical therapist has been assigned to visit the patient on a regular basis, then one must continue with the exercises and gradually get to a stage where it's possible to head out and maybe enjoy some sight-seeing opportunities in the city. It makes the rehabilitation both fun and interesting! It’s not a bad idea to time the surgery in one of the good seasons like spring or autumn when the moderate temperatures do not hamper any outdoor plans.

Though each case would differ, a long-term recovery of a year is a sufficient time by which a patient is able to resume to normal and active lifestyle akin to pre-surgery. Though the new knee may seem a little stiff, it is quite normal and expected. The key is right post-operative care and physical therapy. 

In the nutshell, if you are travelling from overseas to get your knee replacement in India, plan for a stay of 2-3 weeks for a good recovery and some site seeing before you go back home.

IndiCure is the most renowned provider of knee replacement in India in association with few of the best orthopedic surgeons in India. To arrange free consultation, call us at +91 93200 36777 or + 1 (877) 270 2448 (US toll-free). You may alternatively write to us at or talk to us on Skype @ Indicure.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The number of American men seeking mid-life nip/tuck overseas escalates.

Cosmetic surgery for the American male

Vanity is no more a domain restricted to women alone. More and more American men are taking a leap into self-beautification and rejuvenation. All thanks to higher self-consciousness, social obligations, and propagation of perfect faces and bodies through electronic media, and more importantly easy availability of beauty treatments both invasive and otherwise.
Men’s salons until a couple of decades back meant just a hair cutting and shaving place, but not anymore. They now offer everything from facial, waxing, threading, manicure and pedicure! For the more motivated menfolk, especially in their middle ages, cosmetic surgeries are the next step to more youthful and attractive self.  It is hardly surprising that there is a large market for nip tucks for middle-aged men in their 50s and 60s.  
Cosmetic surgery overseas
American men seeking mid-life nip/tuck overseas has seen a prominent increase.

Nip/tuck – Cosmetic surgery overseas

A nip and tuck are referred to plastic surgery for the face to reduce/remove wrinkles. Skin is pulled back after making an incision near the hairline and excess tissue is removed, providing almost instant results. Also sometimes referred to as a facelift, nip-tuck is no longer limited to celebrities. Though still an expensive proposition for the average American, choices now are much more when it comes to opting for the surgeon, the hospital, and even the country.
That’s right, with a surge in demand for mid-life nip tuck, American men are increasingly accepting the idea of travelling abroad to go under the knife. Reasons are many:
  • Unaffordable operating costs in the home country; USA is one of the most expensive countries when it comes to medical procedures
  • Zero insurance because cosmetic surgeries are not covered
  • Comparable services offered in another country
  • Successful stories of friends and family members who opted for surgery abroad
  • A chance to visit a new country and clubbing the procedure along with sightseeing opportunities

Plastic surgery overseas

Countries around the globe are laying out the red carpet for this particular segment of clients. A typical middle-aged American man is presumed to have sufficient savings so as to spend well. He is also already retired or ready for retirement so has plenty time for a vacation abroad. Men, who are at the peak of their careers, feel young but might not have the looks to prove so are also a large segment of this clientele. This desire leads them to have a nip-tuck done to enhance or rectify their looks and features. It is not surprising then, that medical tourism hotspots are going all out to attract prospective clients with a promise for superior and safe medical healthcare facilities.

Cosmetic surgery in India

India is one of the rising stars in hosting foreign patients to its soil every year and is renowned for its reputed doctors and world class hospitals. However for an American residing in the USA, it is a daunting task to find the right resources that will help him getting the surgery done in India. Medical tourism facilitators are a great help in this scenario. Credible and reputed medical tourism facilitators are the bridge between patients and their destination countries. To ensure a hassle-free trip for your cosmetic surgery in India, they offer everything from customized travel itineraries to thoroughly planned nip tuck procedures by coordinating with best cosmetic surgeons and top hospitals in India followed by recuperating vacations.

So if a nip tuck is on your agenda, look no further than getting in touch with IndiCure today. Mail in your queries to or call us at + 1-877-270-2448 (US toll-free) or +91 93200 36777 or Skype @ Indicure.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Conserving the joint - Hip resurfacing overseas

Hip resurfacing is a type of hip replacement surgery in which the bone is conserved by avoiding removal of a large portion of the thigh bone i.e. femur. It does not completely replace the “ball” of the hip; instead, the bone is restructured and covered with a metal prosthesis. The hip socket is then fitted with a metal cup. 
Hip Resurfacing Surgery in India

Some advantages of hip resurfacing are the reduced risk of hip dislocation, more normal walking pattern and easier revision surgery if needed. 

Who is an ideal candidate for hip resurfacing?

Young and active adults who are under 60 and in need of hip replacement are considered to be suitable candidates for hip resurfacing. For patients over 60 and in need of a hip replacement, the bone quality must be reviewed before recommending hip resurfacing. This is because if women with poor bone quality undergo resurfacing, there is a high risk of bone fracture at the top portion of the thigh bone. Furthermore, this surgery can be a good option for patients with retained hardware that is difficult to remove for a standard stem placement. All-in-all, hip resurfacing is the treatment of choice for patients who have an active lifestyle, are not morbidly obese, are not allergic to metal implants or have not acquired any infection. It is also indicated for patients with osteoarthritis, post-traumatic, inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, dislocations of the hipbone and avascular necrosis of the femoral head. 

How much does hip resurfacing cost?

Hip resurfacing has become a fairly common procedure in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is an inpatient procedure with about 2-3 days stay at the hospital for recovery and observation. The cost of hip resurfacing surgery can be different in different countries. In India, the cost is $5,000. In the USA, the average cost is $12,000 while in the United Kingdom the average is approximately £11,000. The individual cost also depends on whether or not the patient has personal insurance. 

Is travelling overseas an option for hip resurfacing surgery?

While considering hip resurfacing overseas, it is imperative to verify the reputation and experience of the surgeon to make sure that the surgery does not end up in any complication or problem. Also, make sure you get adequate post-operative follow-ups. 

From the above information, it is clear that the most affordable country to undergo the surgery is India. Our experts will help you with the appointment and get assistance with planning the itinerary for your entire trip from start till you are safely back home. World class hospitals with expert surgeons and skilled paramedical personnel make India a great choice for travelling for medical treatment for hip resurfacing surgery. 

For a free consultation about affordable hip resurfacing in India, write to us at We are also reachable by phone on +91 93200 36777 or in the US on a toll-free line at +1 (877) 270 2448 and Skype @Indicure