Embarrassing Fat Bodies: Layers of Fat
Super Morbid Obesity
Patience, a 56 year old with an out-of-control appetite, has grown to weigh 36 stone. She can barely walk, and standing for longer than 10 minutes becomes physically exhausting. Patience hasn’t left her home in over a year and spends each day sat in the same chair, watching TV and eating. She’s already undergone three gastric balloon operations, but each has failed.
With a huge hernia and another large lump of fat called a lipoma, Patience’s mobility is severely impaired. The lipoma is a bit like benign tumour made up of fat cells, and in Patience’s case weighs several stone. Patience also has a painful swelling known as lymphedema, caused by the blockage of her lymph ducts. Before any of these problems can be medically treated, Patience will have to lose some weight on her own.
Multiple consultations follow, with everyone from therapists to surgeons involved in different aspects of Patience’s treatment. Patience is admitted to ‘lock down’, meaning three months of strictly controlled meals and confinement to the hospital. By only eating 800 calories per day, Patience should lose the necessary weight to make surgery less of a risk.
The Embarrassing Fat Bodies team would like to thank:
Mr Evangelos Efthimiou, Consultant Bariatric SurgeonNext » « Prev
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