Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam has performed the first Flex Dex assisted bariatric case in Australia outside of the centres of Sydney and Melbourne. Due to his robotic training and experience with the technology in the USA, he was one of a select group of bariatric surgeons chosen to help introduce this technology.
IF obesity was treated as a chronic disease, it could save billions of dollars in health care costs and productivity, a Hunter obesity surgeon says.
The Newcastle Herald has previously reported the Hunter is home to some of the fattest suburbs in NSW, with Raymond Terrace and Scone claiming the dubious honour of having 70.8 per cent of its adults recorded as overweight or obese.
Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam after many years of performing robotic surgery in Melbourne has undertaken the first robotic keyhole weight loss operations performed in NSW outside of Sydney
Robotic Surgery via the Da Vinci system allows the use of 3D vision, precise image stability, multiple instruments under surgeon control, precise robotic dissection and minimisation of surgeon fatigue via reduced need for physical effort. All these factors enhance the keyhole surgery performed by Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam.
Dr Dhan is the youngest son of a local Maitland medical family. His father Dr Thiru Thiruchelvam or Dr Chelvam to his many patients was the longest serving GP practising in the local community at the time of his retirement.
His brother is long time Newcastle ENT Surgeon Dr Thya Thiruchelvam. Dr Dhan attended Maitland High School.