Women, all over the world, tend to neglect their own health while focusing on the health of their family. Cultural barriers and societal prejudices prevent them from seeking timely healthcare advice. Lack of awareness and delay in seeking treatment can sometimes lead to undue consequences.
Till date, women's healthcare has been identified mainly with reproductive health and diseases of the breast. But women are as prone to surgical diseases as men are. Still, there is a severe lack of healthcare facilities that focus on other ailments in women like hernia, acid reflux disease, obesity, piles, cancers of the stomach and intestines etc.
CODS Woman is a healthcare facility dedicated exclusively to the treatment of gastrointestinal problems in women. It is a unique service that seeks to fill this void in women's healthcare and promises to be a Women for Women practice.
- To alleviate fear and to help women shed their anxieties and inhibitions when seeking treatment for surgical ailments.
- To provide state of the art medical care in the most culturally sensitive, relaxed and secure environment.
- To be the one-stop comprehensive solution for surgical problems in women of all ages.
- The only facility of its kind that offers Single Incision (Scarless) Surgery to women.
Gall Bladder Stones
Medical Condition : Cholelithiasis. Gall stones are stones that form in the gall bladder or bile duct.
Signs & Symptoms : Acidity, fullness and bloating sensation after meals, belching, intolerance to fatty foods, pain in the right side of abdomen just below the ribs.
Who is at risk : More common in women, obesity, pregnancy, older age, women on birth control pills and hormonal supplements, rapid weight loss, increased triglyceride levels, crohn's disease.
Diagnosis : Ultrasonography, blood tests, other tests like endoscopic ultrasound, MRCP etc are needed from case to case basis.
Complications : Inflammation of the gall bladder, jaundice, pancreatitis, sepsis, fistula, cancer
Treatment : Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy/ Single Incision Cholecystectomy
Medical Condition : Hiatus Hernia with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
GERD or acid reflux is a condition where the acid from the stomach regurgitates into the food pipe
Signs & Symptoms : Heartburn, regurgitation, nausea. All the symptoms increase on bending or lying down. Angina like chest pain at times.
Who is at risk : People with hiatus hernia, those with a lax lower esophageal valve, abnormal contractions of the food pipe and slow emptying of the stomach.
Diagnosis : Upper GI Endoscopy, esophageal manometry, 24 hour ambulatory pH testing
Complications : Ulcers in the lower part of foodpipe, narrowing of food pipe and difficulty in swallowing, precancerous changes in lower esophagus, asthma like symptoms
Treatment : Laparoscopic Fundoplication
Medical Condition : Ventral Hernia
Ventral hernia is an opening or weakness in the muscular structure of the abdominal wall
Signs & Symptoms : Localized swelling on the abdomen especially through the navel or a previous surgical scar. Pain and discomfort, increase in the size of swelling on straining and decrease in size on lying down.
Who is at risk : Patients with a previous surgical scar on the abdomen, people involved in strenous activities, people with a congenital abdominal wall weakness
Diagnosis : Clinical examination by a surgeon, ultrasonography, CT scan
Complications : Strangulation where a loop of intestine may get stuck in the hernial defect leading to severe pain and swelling, intestinal obstruction and eventually gangrene of the bowel
Treatment : Laparoscopic Mesh Repair Of Hernia
Medical Condition : Morbid Obesity
Morbid obesity is defined as excess amount of body weight
Signs & Symptoms : BMI > 27.5 is considered to be obese in the Asian region.
Who is at risk : People who have a family history of obesity, poor lifestyle, sedentary habits, genetic predisposition, certain hormonal disorders
Diagnosis : BMI > 27.5- Grade 1 obesity, BMI> 32.5 - Grade 2 obesity, BMI > 37.5- Grade 3 obesity
Complications : Obesity brings on a host of metabolic problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol levels, heart disease, obstructive sleep aponea, joint pains, gout, PCOD and infertility
Treatment : Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery / Single Incision Bariatric Surgery
Medical Condition : Haemorrhoids / Fistula / Fissure
Painless bleeding due to swelling of blood vessels in anal canal is Piles. Fissure is a small cut in the anal margin with a small painful swelling around it. Fistula is an abnormal opening next to the anus from where there is intermittent pus discharge.
Signs & Symptoms : Fresh blood before or with stools, pain while passing stools, itching, swelling near the anus. Pus discharge from a small opening next to the anus.
Who is at risk : Chronic constipation or diarrhoea, straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, older age, hereditary
Diagnosis : Clinical examination, proctoscopy, colonoscopy to rule out any other disease of the large bowel
Complications : Thrombosed piles can be extremely painful, excessive bleeding can lead to anemia, infection, gangrene
Treatment : Injection Sclerotherapy, Band Ligation, Stapled Piles Surgery, Fistulectomy, Fissurectomy
The team at CODS Woman
It is an all woman team all the way!
At the helm of the CODS Woman team is Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker who specializes in the treatment for gastrointestinal diseases in women She is one of the few women surgeons in India who specialize in advanced laparoscopic procedures and single incision surgery. She is the youngest female bariatric surgeon from Asia credited with having performed the largest series of single incision bariatric procedures in Asia. She is also the first and only female surgeon in Asia to have achieved the International Centre for Excellence accreditation conferred by the reputed US based Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Bhasker collaborates with her core team of nutritional counselors, psychologists and with resident empaneled super specialist consultants to ensure the best treatment plan for every patient.
Ideology behind CODS Woman
The brainchild of Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala (Founder, Centre for Obesity & Diabetes Surgery) and Priyanka Kaul (Principal Trustee, Centre for Obesity & Diabetes Support Trust), CODS, has been driven by excellence and innovation since 2005. CODS Woman endeavors to leverage CODS's five years' experience in cutting edge laparoscopic procedures including scarless surgery to offer women the combined benefits of surgical expertise and skills of reputed super specialists. With a medical and management team that works in synergy to provide world class care in state of the art facilities, we ensure women a 'one stop shop' experience in quality healthcare.
Course of Action
From your first call to our specialised women's team, we begin to plan your complete medical care. We guide you through the process of obtaining accurate diagnoses and the development and completion of a customized treatment plan. All surgeries are performed using latest technologies like advanced laparoscopy and single incision surgery. Our goal is to deliver MORE through LESS. We strive for shorter hospital stays and rapid recovery times with minimal surgical scarring for all our women patients. And you can be rest assured that all services are provided under the highest levels of privacy and confidentiality.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss your condition. We will carefully review all possible treatment options and work with you to determine the best plan for your condition. We assure you complete privacy regarding the same.
Clinic: +91-22-23649941, +91-22-23649942
Toll Free Line: 1-800-229-928
To find out more, see the CODS WOMAN brochure.