Obesity is a fast growing medical problem in Kenya, Dr. Shchukin a Bariatric, general and laparoscopic surgeon with over 30 years’ experience in surgery, explains a few insights on the Conditions and viable ways of treatment.

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Have you ever felt the urge to stretch and twist your back after a long ride in a bus or in economy class on a plane? How about when you finally get up from your desk at the end of a long day at work? For most people, this discomfort, or sometimes even pain, comes and goes. Others battle with these back problems constantly for weeks or even months on end.

Millions of people around the world suffer from back pain. Some sources even claim that it is one of the most common reasons why people miss work or go to the doctor, and that it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite this being such a highly prevalent problem, many people are still unclear about the causes of back pain and the treatment options available to them.

Dr. Vladimir Shchukin, a general and laparoscopy surgeon and a sport injury consultant shared his knowledge and expertise on back pain on the K24 program, K24 Alfajiri.

Whether a person’s back pain or discomfort is temporary or chronic, Dr. Shchukin explained that the root cause of back pain is the misalignment of the bones or vertebrae that form the spinal column. When the bones shift from their proper position, back pain results and it can be severe enough to result in immobility. When there is misalignment of the vertebrae, that misalignment puts pressure on the nerves coming out from the spinal canal, and that causes the pain that so many people suffer from.

In his years of treating patients with back pain, Dr. Shchukin has found that the most widespread cause is back pain related to trauma following accidents. Other reasons are the aging process, gynecological factors such as pregnancy, diseases such as arthritis and being overweight.

One of Dr. Shchukin’s patients was severely overweight and had terrible back pain. This combination resulted in the patient having to use a wheelchair for mobility. For this patient to get effective and lasting treatment for the back pain, Dr. Shchukin’s strategy was to first, help the patient lose the excess weight. This can be done using either surgical or non-surgical methods depending on the patient’s BMI. After sufficient weight loss, back pain was then treated effectively.

Dr. Shchukin stated that, although it is quite a common complaint, back pain is highly individual, it depends on the condition of the patient. “I do have different types of patients” he said “young people and elderly people, overweight people and people with normal weight”. So, when it comes to treatment, one size does not fit all.

As far as treatment options are concerned, this is what Dr. Shchukin offers at his clinic.

“We are doing medical, non-surgical treatment to reduce the inflammation and pain in the nerves, and after that, using the chiropractic manipulation to set up the spine so that it is aligned. After that, we advise patients on what type of exercises to do to maintain that alignment.”

If you experience back pain, it’s almost certain that you’ve asked this question: Can you cure back pain? Dr. Shchukin responded to this by saying, “ I cannot say that it is completely curable; like if you have appendicitis and you just remove the appendix and it’s not there anymore. But [after treatment] you can really go on with your life which will be of a much higher quality than it was before”.



Written by Tasha

It is often believed that overweight people are lazy, irresponsible, unmotivated and good for nothing. This is simply not true. Sharon had been struggling with her weight since she was in high school. She tried everything from exercise, slimming pills, and even the Atkins diet, but was still unsuccessful in her weight loss.

Sharon wasn’t the only one in her family to struggle with excess weight. Weight-related complications and diabetes led to her mother being admitted in hospital many times. During her last admission, she spent two months in the ICU, after which Sharon’s mother died.

Through doctors’ consultations, Sharon learnt that the only way to prevent diabetes and its complications is to get rid of the extra weight. So, she continued with her journey to a healthy weight. An essential part of this journey was to analyze her own situation, considering previous unsuccessful attempts to get sustainable weight loss using conventional methods such as diet plans, food supplements and exercise. Sharon finally understood that Bariatric Surgery would be the only effective solution for her.

She ventured online in search of surgical weight loss solution for weeks on end, and all she found was that this and other medical weight loss procedures are done in Thailand, Malaysia and India. Sharon was both surprised and relieved to later learn that there are weight loss doctors in Kenya who specialize in and offer Medical as well as Surgical Weight Loss solutions.

This was an exciting discovery for her. She could finally get a lasting weight loss treatment without incurring additional travel costs. Her research online also showed her that the procedure would be more expensive overseas than in Kenya. Ultimately, Sharon chose to have the Gastric Sleeve.

All medical tests and evaluations were done before admission.  It was laparoscopic procedure and Immediately after the surgery, Sharon was comfortable and only had minimal pain and small, almost invisible scarring on the stomach of about 1 cm. She was discharged one day after the Sleeve procedure was done and walked out of the Nairobi Hospital with a big smile on her face.

A short while later, the food cravings she had before reduced. She continued with regular follow-up visits with her weight loss doctor who was easily available to her at his clinic as well as on telephone calls.

It’s been two years since Sharon had the weight loss surgery and now she has a perfectly healthy BMI of 22.

“This is the thing I thank Holistic Living for: it shows that they are not just after money but after the person’s health improvement. They have time to take good care of their patients” she said.

Interestingly, when someone asks Sharon how much she spent on her weight loss surgery, she usually gives this answer: “If you compare the amount money which my family spent on my mother’s last admission, while trying to do everything possible to save her, with the cost of the weight loss surgery, it’s just a peanut”.

Sharon continued, “this process has boosted my confidence a lot and changed me a lot, I love myself more. I am happy that I am out of danger of developing diabetes. I am more comfortable with my size and no longer ashamed.

Thank you, Holistic Living. I’m forever grateful.”

“I have been struggling with weight for a long time and because of my weight I developed Diabetes. I could not move with ease and I had become dependent on Insulin Injections. My sugar levels moved to 29 and could only reduce to 17 being the lowest. I used to have 24 units of insulin in the morning, 9 – during lunch and 13 units at night… My life had become a Nightmare.

My diabetologyst and my nutritionist told me that before anything else, I needed to lose weight. I had planned to have a bariatric surgery, “secretly”.

So I went to the Holistic Living Clinic – and had the Gastric Balloon, which was inserted endoscopically. From 140kgs I went down to 112.

No more injections for me and I only take 1 tablet of Galvasmet per day. In addition to this, I can now do light exercises and I can even wear heels. To me this the Great Improvement…

I can proudly tell you that the next time we meet I will be right here in bikinis just slim and posing for photos.”

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