Rashid Hospital internationally certified as a centre for metabolic and bariatric surgery

Dubai Health Authority run Rashid Hospital recently received international recognition as a centre for metabolic and bariatric surgery. The Surgical Review Corporation presented Dr. Alya Al Mazrouei, CEO of Rashid Hospital and her team with the certification.

In 2016, the general surgery department performed 400 bariatric surgery procedures, of which 65 per cent of the patients have several comorbidities. Of these, in 95 per cent of the cases, the procedure helped reverse Type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure are other lifestyle related comorbidities including infertility in patients. The hospital performs a high number of surgeries and is the largest centre in the region to perform the mini-gastric bypass procedure.

Dr Al Mazrouei said: “The hospital received this certification as we provide all services related to bariatric surgery and follow a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to treat patients. We have team of physiologists, dieticians, gastroenterologists, surgeons and doctors who specialise in minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. This helps ensure only those patients who need surgery undergo the procedure. We also have a strong post-surgical recovery and follow-up management system.”

She added the hospital is currently expanding its bariatric services due to a high-waiting list. The hospital performs surgeries bi-weekly but intends on performing these surgeries five days a week before the end of this year. The hospital currently has one Operation Theatre (OT) for such surgeries and they will double capacity to two dedicated OT’s before the end of this year.

He said the bariatric surgery clinic in Rashid hospital, first puts every patient that visits the hospital on a six-month weight loss program with the clinical nutrition department. They also ensure patients visit a psychologist and specialists such as endocrinologists to tackle their diabetes. “After six months, we evaluate the case. Not every patient is selected for bariatric surgery. Those who have shown improvement through non-surgical methods during the six-month period are asked to continue the same plan. We highly recommend that patients should first consider weight loss through regular exercise and diet programs and they should take the assistance of health professionals to ensure the right way of weight loss, so that it can be sustained,” said Badri.

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