Dr. R. Padmakumar - Laparoscopic and Obesity Surgeon, VPS Lakeshore Hospital

Dr. R. Padmakumar is a Sr. Consultant Laparoscopic and Obesity Surgeon at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. He has been changing lives through Keyhole Surgery. He is renowned for new and improved treatment techniques, hailed as a leading Obesity Surgeon in India & UAE. He has got more than 20 years of hands-on experience in laparoscopic Surgery in major hospitals across India and has completed more than 6000 cases of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgeries. With national and international repute, he is one of the pioneers in performing surgical treatment of non-obese diabetics.

He is the first surgeon to win approval from the UAE’s Ministry of Health to conduct Keyhole surgery for diabetes.

He has the unique distinction of being an expert Bariatric surgeon who is highly skilled in endoscopic thyroidectomy, thoracoscopy, laparoscopic colorectal and hernia surgery as well.

His achievements include:

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Bariatric / Weight loss surgery is considered in patients suffering from clinically severe obesity and is the valid treatment option that leads to sustained weight loss. This includes a variety of procedures.

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FAQ - Bariatric Surgery / Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery leads to about 65 to 75% excess weight loss, that is weight in excess of the ideal body weight.

Weight loss will be very quick after Bariatric surgery in the first 6 months, 10-15 kg in the first month itself. It takes around 12 months to reach the ideal body weight.
Patients need to be on liquid diet for about 15 days after undergoing bariatric surgery, which can be followed by semi-solid or soft diet for another 15 days. Most patients would be able to have a normal diet after a month, although the quantity would be limited. Nutritional supplements are advised like protein supplement, iron, calcium and multivitamins only for a month or two.
Diet and lifestyle modifications are necessary in the management of obesity. Weight gain to some degree is expected in the long term, but with a healthy lifestyle this can be controlled. 95% of people maintain the healthy weight range for many, many years.


VPS Lakeshore Hospital | Keyhole Clinic - Center for Obesity and Laparoscopy

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy

Endoscopic thyroidectomy is also called Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Thyroidectomy. It is a new surgical technique which allows the surgeon to perform thyroid surgery through a small skin incision. In endoscopic thyroidectomy, very small incisions are made in the axilla. A video camera helps in providing magnified vision of the structures and comfortable dissection. This technique

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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery deals with the study of obesity, the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric Surgery or Weight Loss Surgery is considered in people struggling with severe obesity.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Intragastric Balloon

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

In Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery, an instrument called a laparoscope is used by the surgeon for performing the surgery. Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery has the advantage that the recovery time is less as the surgery is performed through a Keyhole incision. Postoperative pain is also much reduced.

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Inguinal Hernia Hiatal Hernia Femoral Hernia Obturator Hernia Ventral Hernia

Diabetes Surgery

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a common disease associated with numerous complications. Obesity is the leading cause of the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus in both developed and developing countries. By keyhole surgery the stomach size is brought down hence excess food intake will be reduced and gastric emptying is accelerated.

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Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is performed to remove excess abdominal fat and skin to tighten the abdominal wall muscle and fascia.

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I had a minimally invasive thyroid surgery (Endoscopic Total Thyroidectomy) with no pain and with minimum discomfort. I was up and about hours after my operation. I would happily recommend Dr R. Padmakumar at every opportunity I get.

-Hazel Fernandes/
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Adhesiolysis is a procedure performed to break up and remove adhesions It is a minimally-invasive procedure This procedure is also called Lysis of Adhesions Adhesions are thick or thin bands...

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Adrenal Diseases

The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing different hormones Adrenal gland disorders can be caused by variation in the production of hormones Depletion of hormones produced by other organs...

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Anal Fissure Treatment – VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi

Anal Fissure: An Anal fissure is a small tear that occurs in mucous lining tissues of the anus This crack in the skin can cause severe pain and bleeding after bowel movements  The condition...

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Appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove an inflamed appendix from the body  Laparoscopic Appendectomy is a minimal invasive surgical procedure performed through few small incisions...

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Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is a disease Bariatric Surgery or Bariatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the study of obesity, the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity The Greek word Baro means heavy...

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Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast cancer surgery is performed to remove one or both cancer affected breast  Breast cancer surgery is performed as a single procedure or in combination with other treatment methods such as...

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Cancer Surgical Treatment

Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery, VPS Lakeshore Hospital, headed by Dr R Padmakumar, offers comprehensive surgical care of a variety of cancers including, stomach cancer, colon cancer,...

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 A colostomy is a surgical procedure performed when the remaining healthy portions of the intestine and rectum is not able to reconnect to make a passage to eliminate the waste from the body...

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Endoscopic Thyroidectomy at Kochi – VPS Lakeshore Hospital

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy at Kochi is performed regularly at VPS Lakeshore Hospital by minimally invasive surgery team headed by Dr R Padmakumar Endoscopic thyroidectomy is also called Minimally...

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Gastrojejunostomy is a surgical procedure performed when the individual is suffering from stomach cancer causing obstructing in the passage of food in to the gut The surgery is performed between the...

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy | Gallbladder Surgery

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy or minimally invasive gallbladder removal is a procedure performed to remove the gallbladder from the body This is a keyhole surgery and therefore allows the surgeon to...

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Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery

Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery is performing hernia surgery using an instrument called a laparoscope The laparoscope is pass through small incisions made on the abdomen What is hernia Hernia is...

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Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery in Kochi

Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery is regularly performed by the Dept of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi The department is headed by Senior Consultant Laparoscopic and...

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Laparoscopic Splenectomy

Laparoscopic Splenectomy procedure is the removal of spleen that has been ruptured or enlarged by any abdominal injury Laparoscopic splenectomy is a widely used minimally invasive treatment...

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Stapler Hemorrhoidectomy – VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi

Stapler Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure for the treatment of hemorrhoids It is a new technique and can be used to treat hemorrhoids that protrude with straining and can be seen on physical...

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Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty – VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure which is performed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen and to tighten the abdominal wall muscle and fascia Hanging abdomen with...

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Type 2 Diabetes Surgery

Type 2 Diabetes Surgery - Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a common disease associated with numerous complications Obesity is the leading cause of the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes...

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Publications, Articles, and News

Laparoscopic Surgery is also called Minimally Invasive Surgery. In this method of surgery small incisions are made through which a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. Laparoscope is a long metal tube which has a lighted camera at the tip for visualization of the internal structures. The incisions measure around 0.5 to 1 cm and is called "port". Trochar, which is a tubular instrument, is placed at each of the port site through which the laparoscope is passed. Carbon dioxide is used to inflate the abdomen for better visualization of the internal structures and to provide a working space for the surgeon. The surgeon views and performs the surgery by viewing the high resolution video monitors in the operating room that display high resolution images of the internal anatomy that is transmitted through the video camera placed at the tip of the laparoscope.

Contact Details

Dr. R. Padmakumar
Senior Consultant Laparoscopic and Metabolic Surgeon &
Director - Verwandeln Institute (Transforming Lives)
(Specialist in Laparoscopy, Hernia, Cancer, Obesity Surgery or Bariatric Surgery, Diabetes Surgery, Endoscopic Thyroid Surgery, Thoracoscopy, Intragastric Balloon)
Keyhole Clinic, Metro Pillar no. 448, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala, India
VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala, India
Past Chairman - Association of Surgeons of India, Kerala Chapter, 2019 - 2020


Keyhole Clinic - Center for Obesity and Laparoscopy

Metro Pillar no. 448, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala, India

VPS Lakeshore Hospital

Maradu, Kochi, Kerala

Mobile: +919447230370, +919846320370
Email: [email protected]


Past Chairman, Association of Surgeons of India - Kerala Chapter
National President - Indian Hernia Society (2016)
GC Member, Association of Surgeons of India (2013 - 2018)
Vice President- Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of India
Jt. Secretary - Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (2016)
Founder Member, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society Of India
Founder Member, Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India
International Faculty of IASGO on Hernia and Diabetic Surgery
International Faculty of IFSO on Diabetic Surgery
Associate Editor : Diabetes and Obesity International Journal