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Bariatric Surgery at Burjeel Hospital

Bariatric Surgery Options

The Department of Bariatric Surgery at Burjeel Hospital delivers advanced care which is in line with international best practices and protocols of care and treatment. Burjeel Hospital offers the full spectrum of Bariatric Surgery option and follows a true multispecialty approach to help patients with severe obesity and obesity related problems. The program at Burjeel Hospital involves a 360 degree approach which starts from the pre surgery evaluation to a long term follow up post procedure. Such an approach reinforces the Burjeel's ethos of delivering the "art of healing" and is vital for the success of Bariatric Surgery.

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Obesity increases your risk of having type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, sleep apnea along with other associated health issues. You could be a possible candidate if

  • You have BMI over 40 or have a BMI of 35 and experience any negative effects associated with being obese or overweight
  • Even though you have been trying to achieve ideal bodyweight under medically supervised dieting over a long period of time, you are unable to lose weight

Key Procedures

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding - this is a procedure that basically uses an adjustable silicon band which is inserted Laparoscopically (with small cuts in the belly) into the stomach that restricts the amount of food which can eaten at a time. This results in weight loss as the body burns fat for energy. The procedure has some key advantages which are as follows

  • The surgery is reversible
  • Can be a solution to conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, High Cholesterol as well as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  • Does not interfere with food absorption

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – in this procedure, a thin sleeve is created out of the existing stomach using a stapling device and the rest of the excess stomach is removed. This reduces the size of the stomach making a person eat less food and hence making the body burn fat for energy leading to weight loss. Removal of the part of the stomach causes a lower production of ghrelin (hormone that stimulates hunger) . The procedure has the following key advantages

  • Natural nutrients of Food are fully absorbed since food passes through the digestive tract
  • Post-surgery follow-up visits are minimal

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – Gastric bypass surgery focuses on making the stomach smaller as well as bypassing a part of the intestine to reduce the amount of food and nutrients absorbed leading to weight loss. In the Roux-en-Y technique, the stomach is stapled to reduce its size to a small pouch and consequently it is attached directly to the small intestine bypassing the upper part of it and the rest of the stomach. The key advantages are similar to Laparoscopic Gastric Band and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Mini Gastric Bypass- the mini gastric bypass is a simpler variation of the Roux-en-Y procedure. The advantages are similar to the Roux-en-Y procedure along with being a quicker procedure with lesser complications along with similar weight loss and better recovery times.

Intragastric balloon insertion and removal – this procedure is incision less ( no cuts are required) and uses an inflatable silicone balloon which is inserted into the stomach endoscopically ( through the mouth ). Subsequently, the balloon is then filled with a solution that causes the balloon to expand as per the stomach's volume or the requirement of the guest. The expanded balloon reduces the volume of the stomach and causes the guest to feel fuller faster and hence eat less.