The year was 2009. After a decade of experience as general surgeon and his expertise in laparoscopy, Dr. Digvijay Singh Bedi took a plunge and entered into Bariatrics. The decision of the switchover came when he saw a close relative suffer from obesity.
What followed was his first bariatric surgery together with another well-known surgeon on the same kin. At that time, people hardly knew about bariatric surgery. In fact, obesity was synonymous to being fat and people did not realize its dire consequences.
Also, Ahmedabad had just one bariatric surgeon. But Dr. Bedi was determined to take the risk in order to improve the lifestyle; rather give a new lease of life to the one’s suffering from obesity. He decided to expand his knowledge on Bariatrics by joining a fellowship programme in Australia. Back then, bariatric surgery was more prevalent in foreign countries like Belgium, U.S. and Australia.
He came back with his newly acquired knowledge to realize how people approached with the hope of transfiguration. And that is how Hope Obesity Centre happened. The clinic was first established in Prahladnagar and was equipped with the basic facilities to conduct bariatric surgeries.
It was later moved to a more spacious place in South Bopal, consisting of all the amenities needed for conducting a bariatric surgery. Moreover, Dr. Bedi was responsible for the commencement of the Bariatric unit at CIMS Hospital. In this way, slowly and steadily, he became a renowned name in the field of Bariatrics.
Today, he has the distinction of conducting around 1500 bariatric surgeries, his youngest patient being a 13 year old teen and the eldest a 72 years old woman. Other than this, he has even presented various papers and journals on the subject and he constantly keeps on upgrading his knowledge on the same.