Bariatric Surgery

Arun Prasad

Dr. Arun Prasad has over 32 years of total surgical experience. Senior Consultant for the last 23 years since Dec 1994. This was after 10 years training in India (4 years) and the United Kingdom (6 years).

Involved with Laparoscopic Surgery from the time it started in the UK. Belongs to the first generation of laparoscopic surgeons. One of the first in the UK to be doing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Hernia repair on day case. One of the first surgeons internationally to be doing Minimally Invasive Piles Surgery (Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy), Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis of Palms and Axilla and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) of the gallbladder, appendix, bariatric and thoracoscopic surgery. Experience of over 7500 laparoscopic surgeries that include over 5000 laparoscopic cholecystectomy, over 1000 laparoscopic hernia surgery and rest advanced laparoscopic surgery including Thoracoscopic and Bariatric Surgery.

Have the privilege to have done the World's first laparoscopic operation for:

  1. Cholecysto-colic fistula ( Bedford Hospital, UK, Mar 1994)
  2. Hydatid cyst of the lung ( Batra Hospital, New Delhi, Jan 1995)
  3. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a 100-year-old patient

Arun Prasad is a medical graduate from the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.  He did his masters in surgery from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1988 and went to the UK for higher surgical training in GI surgery.  After doing FRCS in 1990, he worked at Charing Cross Medical School, London and associated hospitals.  Laparoscopic surgery was started by his team at that hospital.

On his return from the UK in 1996, he joined Apollo Hospitals as one of the youngest senior consultants and had been working there for the last 22 years before accepting his current positions at Manipal Hospitals, New Delhi.  He is one of the pioneers of Minimal Access Surgery (Advanced & single incision laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy, Bariatric Surgery and Robotic Surgery) in India.

He has many international publications in peer-reviewed journals describing techniques and results.  He currently is President of Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI), and has been the vice president of national laparoscopic and national obesity surgery associations of India.  He is a teacher- post graduates and adjunct professor of surgery.  He has one of the largest experiences of robotic gastrointestinal surgeries and particularly robotic bariatric surgery.

Hospital directory listing: 







H​ead of Department of Surgery, Chief of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Centre



Manipal Hospitals, Delhi

MBBS (AFMC Poona), MS Surgery (MAMC New Delhi), FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glas)                                  

  1. Awards and Achievements

    • Recognition by National Health Service ( UK ) for developing Laparoscopic Day Care Surgery.
    • Recognition by Royal College of Surgeons of London for developing Laparoscopic Training program.
    • Recognition from Health Minister, Delhi for developing Thoracoscopic Surgery in Delhi, India.
    • Recognition from Apollo Hospital for 2 land mark international publications on Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy Surgery.
    • Prize by Indian Association ( IAGES ) for study on 3mm Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
    • 1st International study demonstrating the feasibility of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Published in European Journal of Surgery 1994
    • 1st Laparoscopic surgery for cholecysto-colic fistula. Published in British Journal of Surgery, 1994
    • 1st Thoracoscopic Surgery for Pulmonary Hydatid Cyst in the World. Limca book of Records.
    • Over 2000 Thoracoscopic Surgeries ( one of the highest in India )
    • Over 6000 Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies.
    • Pioneer in robotic gastrointestinal surgery ( Including 1st series in the world for robotic one anastomosis bariatric gastric bypass surgery for morbid obesity ).
    • Over 50 publications in International peer reviewed journals. Invited guest lectures at over 20 international and 100 national conferences.
    • One of the very few surgeons in the world doing Robotic, Bariatric, Thoracoscopic, Single Incision Laparoscopy and Advanced Upper & Lower GI laparoscopic surgeries.
    • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) – UK
    • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
    • Fellow of Indian Association of Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons (FIAGES )
    • Fellow in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery ( IAGES ) – after Jan 2012
    • Executive Committee, Vice President – Obesity Surgery Society of India
    • Executive Committee, Vice President – Indian Association of Gastroendoscopic Surgeons
    • Tutor – Royal College of Surgeons UK , Surgical Skills course
    • Tutor – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Skills course
    • Examiner – MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
    • Examiner – MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow
    • Member of following Indian Societies and Faculty member
      • ASI (Association of Surgeons of India )
      • IAGES (Indian Association of Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons )
      • AMASI ( Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India )
      • OSSI ( Obesity Surgery Society of India )
      • APHS ( Asia Pacific Hernia Society )

    From Manipal Directory 7-2018:

    President of Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI), affiliated to International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity Vice President of Indian Association of Gastroendoscopic Surgeons ( IAGES )


1.Changes in mammographically normal opposite breast in patients of breast cancer British Journal of Cancer (1989; , 235)

2.Low cost laparoscopic cholecystectomy British Journal of Surgery (1994; 81, 1547) 3. Prasad A, Avery C, Foly RJ. Abdominal wall metastases following laparoscopy. Br J Surg

1994;81:1697. 4.Laparoscopic treatment of cholecystocolic fistula British Journal of Surgery (1994; 81, 1789-90) 5.Laparoscopic Management of Intra-abdominal fistulae Minimally Invasive Therapy (1994,3:1,66) 6.Laparoscopy in the management of Crohn's disease Minimally Invasive Therapy (1994,3:1,68) 7.Exacerbation of groin hernias after laparoscopy Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy (1995; 5,

155-6) 8.Simplifying mesh placement during laparoscopic hernia repair British Journal of Surgery (1995;

82, 642). 9.Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a safe and cost effective procedure. Eur J Surg. 1996

Jan;162(1):43–4 10. Laparoscopy in the diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease. Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech

A - 1998 Feb; 8(1): 39-46 11. Laparoscopic treatment of cholecystogastric fistula. Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy (2001;

4, 125-6) 12. Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery, In, Comprehensive Laparoscopic Surgery. Ed. Kriplani A,

Bhatia P, Prasad A, et al. 2007. 13. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis: Technique and results. J Min Access Surg

2008;4:23. On line at 14. Thoracoscopic splanchnicectomy as a palliative procedure for pain relief in carcinoma pancreas.

J Min Access Surg 2009;5:37-9.

Online at 15. Laparoscopic splenectomy in a case of blunt abdominal trauma. J Min Access Surg 2010;5:78-81.

Available from: 16. Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) World J Gastroenterol 2010 June 7; 16(21): 2705-

2706. Online at 17. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for primary palmar hyperhidrosis. Surg Endosc 2010;

24;8:1952–1957. Online at 18. Preoperative Prediction - Difficult Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Indian Journal of Surgery:

2010; 72 (6): 488. Online at 19. Laparoscopic vagotomy with gastrojejunostomy for corrosive pyloric strictures. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2011;16:34-5. Available from:

20. Post operative pain after cholecystectomy: conventional laparoscopy versus single incision laparoscopic surgery. J Min Access Surg 2011;7:24-7. Online at