MEXICO CITY – Juan Pedro, the world’s most obese man with a body weight of about 595 kilograms, is scheduled for surgery on May 9 in Guadalajara after losing almost 30% of his initial weight, medical sources announced on Tuesday.
Juan Pedro has lost over 175 kg, reaching a total body weight of 419 kg. Although he is still one of the most obese men in the world, the weight loss gives him an opportunity to undergo surgery with less risk, according to the Center of Gastric Bypass in Mexico, a medical institute specializing in obesity surgery.
After spending three months under the care of Dr. Jose Castañeda Cruz, Pedro will undergo an operation at Jardines de Guadalajara Hospital.
Castañeda visited Juan Pedro at his home in Aguascalientes in November 2016, where he spent several years laying in a bed specially designed by his family to support his weight.
Castañeda, a surgeon specializing in obesity treatment, decided to take Pedro’s case as part of the social support program that his center pushes forward every year.
The medical team transferred Juan Pedro to Guadalajara, where he underwent comprehensive health examinations and shock treatment, enabling him to undergo surgery as soon as possible.
Juan Pedro has been diagnosed with a series of serious diseases which have put his life on the line; uncontrolled type II diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hypothyroidism.
The treatment consisted of a balanced diet which was designed to help Pedro lose weight without going hungry. This treatment would give him greater opportunities for the surgery.
Pedro will undergo a gastric bypass with biliopancreatic diversion. The process will be divided into two phases; in May, his stomach will be reduced from its current five liters capacity to just over 40 centiliters, and around November, a second operation will be carried out to decrease his nutrient absorption.
Juan Pedro is expected to lose up to 50% of his remaining weight in the next six months and almost a third more after the second operation.
He will then undergo plastic surgery to get rid of more than 30 kilograms of left over skin.
It is estimated that by the end of 2018, Juan Pedro could weigh around 110 kilograms with an absolute pathological improvement which will greatly increase his life expectancy.