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Holistic Living:

Specialists in medical and surgical
approaches to handling Obesity

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a term used to describe someone whose excess weight poses a significant health risk.
The most useful measurement of one’s weight category is the BMI (Body Mass Index), which takes into account an individual’s weight in relation to their height.
Our team of doctors is fully dedicated to helping people change their lifestyles and avoid obesity-related sicknesses.

Non-surgical methods

Lifestyle Coaching

As medical doctors, we understand Obesity as a disease and subsequently an addiction to food. As with all addictions, dependency is psychological. Through years of training and experience, we found that the most important aspect in weight loss is changing how patients think about food, and we do this through our Psychotherapeutic methods for the correction of eating habits. Patients lose around 5-10kgs per month.

Gastric Balloon

This is an Endoscopic procedure where the Gastric Balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth, and inflated with 500 grams of fluid.
There are two ways in which it works: firstly, it occupies space in the stomach by half a liter, and secondly it touches the wall of the stomach, which sends signals to the brain of “I’m full”. Patients lose around 5-10kgs per month.
The patient eats smaller portions and is fuller faster.

Surgical Methods

Surgery for morbid obesity (bariatric surgery) has helped people lose more weight than any other method in existence, and is very effective in maintaining that weight loss. It can dramatically improve the quality of life, as well as treat other medical conditions associated with obesity.
We offer a range of weight loss surgeries, including the Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, and Gastric Bypass, allowing us to select the surgery best suited to each patient.
Bariatric surgery may help you if

  • Your weight is significantly higher than what you would like it to be
  • You find it hard to lose weight by dieting and exercise
  • You are worried about other health consequences as a result of your weight
  • Your weight affects your quality of life

Gastric Band

The Gastric Band is the least invasive method of weight loss surgery. It is an outpatient procedure where an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a sort of small stomach ‘pouch’ above the band, decreasing the volume of food one can eat.
This is a Laparoscopic procedure whereby a few small incisions are made in the abdomen, resulting in lower chances of complications during and after surgery, as well as requiring shorter hospital stays and recovery periods.
Patients typically lose around 50% of their excess weight in the first year after surgery.

Gastric Sleeve

The Gastric Sleeve method removes around 50% of the stomach, which drastically reduces the amount of food you are able to eat, and so patients feel fuller with much less food.
This is a Laparoscopic procedure.
The Gastric Sleeve is shown to be very effective in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes. Patients typically lose about 60-70% of their excess weight within the first year after surgery.

Gastric Bypass

The Gastric Bypass procedure bypasses the stomach and a significant part of the small intestine, resulting in restricted metabolic reactions, and thus a restricted absorption of the processed food.
This is a Laparoscopic procedure.
The Gastric Bypass provides approximately 70-80% of excess weight loss within the first year after surgery, and is also highly effective in the treatment of diabetes.


Holistic Living has been completely transformational in my life, both physically and emotionally. My “Gastric Sleeve” has improved my self confidence and motivation and I have a very positive image of myself. My whole family and I are all very happy.

Mrs. Alice K.Aged 36

Getting surgery was the best decision I’ve ever made, and it was worth every shilling! I can’t believe how amazing I felt the days after surgery, and the two years following it. I feel 30 years younger and am at the prime of my life! I can walk the whole of Uhuru Highway without pain or getting out of breath. Dr. Shchukina is only a call or email away and is very prompt with her help and response.

Ms. R. ThomasAged 23

I had the Gastric Sleeve procedure and in one month the change in my weight was tremendous. I had diabetes type 1 and hypertension. I was on a high dose of insulin, 3 times a day and anti hypertensive medications.
In four months’ time I had lost 34kg and have stopped taking insulin and blood pressure medications. I feel fantastic and am loving life! I would recommend this surgery to whoever has struggled with their weight for a long time. I completely trust Dr. Shchukin. He is very professional and I see how much Holistic Living strives for quality in their procedures. I’m so happy they brought this to Kenya! It has saved me a lot of money and headache. I have never been so happy.

Mrs. J. O.Aged 62

I had always been quite big, even from an early age. In school, I was constantly bullied and made fun of because of my size. I heard about weight-loss surgery and the huge benefits that came from it, but it was only offered in India, Europe and America, and my parents did not want me to travel alone. When I found out that Holistic Living was doing the same procedures done overseas at a lower cost, I was so happy!! I convinced my parents and got the Gastric Bypass. I was 135kgs and now, one year later, I am 65kgs and have never felt more beautiful or healthy. I am infinitely thankful to Dr. Vladimir and Lyudmila Shchukin for all their support and wonderful work.
This has changed my life and I feel like I am finally living.

Mrs. J. WairimuAged 40

I had the Gastric Band done. It was completely painless and I got back to work in less than a week. I lost over 30kg within the first 5 months. I’m very satisfied.

Ms. E. ScottAged 25

My weight was 125 kg. I considered myself healthy, my only complaint was that I felt heavy. I had the Gastric Bypass procedure and now my weight is 75 kg and I feel very good. My son is a student in England, and he is severely obese at 130 kg. I told him clearly that I am taking him for the same procedure that I went through. He must understand that this is the disease that shortens life.

Ms. Faridah M.Aged 66

I was planning to go to India to have the Gastric Balloon procedure. I found out that Dr. V. Shchukin does the same procedure in Nairobi Hospital. I had the Gastric Balloon put in one year ago and have lost 25 kilos. It was removed after six months.
I want to put the Gastric Balloon again because I still need to lose 30 kilos. I am very happy with the progress, but am extremely determined to get to my ideal normal weight so I will get it again.

Mr. K. BangitAged 45

I needed to lose 21kg. I didn’t want to go through surgery, so I decided to go through the Medical Weight loss program with Psychotherapy and calculation of calories. I lost 15kgs.  I am very happy with MYSELF because in the past I had tried to lose my weight using various methods (dieting, exercises and medications) but nothing ever worked. Dr. Lyudmila has been very patient and I am very happy I came to her. My thoughts on food have started to change and I’ve stopped thinking about food in the obsessive manner I did before. My colleagues at work look at me in wonder, and my family has seen a massive change in my confidence and attitude towards life.
I never heard of her method before and had some reservations before undergoing the Psychotherapy, but it really has changed my whole mindset and the mindset of my whole family.
I never want to see my children go through all the things I went through. Because of my wrong eating habits, I was feeding them the same things and I noticed that my 6 and 10-year-old were becoming overweight. After going through the sessions with Dr. Lyudmila, I started feeding my children and husband correctly, and the whole family is so happy and energetic! My children are so beautiful and their weight has become normal and they look wonderful. This decision has changed the lives of my whole family. I don’t know how to thank Dr. Lyudmila.

Mr. P. JohnsonAged 55

2006, 12 years old: I was never able to lose my weight, and since I started Medical weight loss it had helped me a lot. I am grateful to Holistic Living for helping me.
11th April, 2012: Hello Dr. Shchukina, I am so sorry that it has been so long since I last talked to you but I’ve been so busy with school. I just wanted to thank you for helping me with my weight problem. I am now perfectly fit and well shaped all thanks to you. I hope I can serve as an example to all those out there suffering because of their weight. I now weigh 58 kg and feel great. Here is a picture of me of late.
Thank you for all your help. With love, Faith”.

Mrs. Nejri KamauAged 47

I tried many different methods for weight loss (in America, Canada, South Africa, Kenya) but my extra weight did not go. Since childhood my self-esteem was really low, in school children called me different names, and it was embarrassing for me to be obese and to hear those comments.
I started Medical weight loss in 2004 and within the few days I felt that I was already losing weight. I lost 25 kg and am comfortably maintaining the result for 3 years. I am very grateful to Dr. L. Shchukina. My life has completely changed.

Ms. Faith. L.

I was diabetic and on insulin with 120 units a day.  My weight was 140 kg and despite the high dose of insulin, my blood sugar was still high. My brother is a doctor and he said that without weight loss I wouldn’t be able to improve my health. I was also on a high dose of blood pressure medications. With my severe obesity, my only treatment option was bariatric surgery.
I did the gastric sleeve procedure and now I am 50 kg down. I am off insulin completely, I do not take any more diabetic or blood pressure medications, because my blood sugar is perfectly normal.”

Mrs. Betty. M.Aged 43

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Now it is time to contact us and let our medical doctors help you determine which of the methods mentioned here is the right one for you…

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