Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Centre

Bariatric surgery at Mediclinic City Hospital is carried out within the Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Centre.

Our multidisciplinary team includes: 

  • Bariatric nurse coordinator
  • Internal medicine specialist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Laparoscopic surgeons
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologist
  • Anaesthetists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Diabetic educator
  • Cardiopulmonary therapists
  • Pharmacists 

Our team offers patients struggling with obesity the most realistic and effective opportunity to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.  Our advanced treatment plans include counselling, nutritional advice and laparoscopic surgical procedures such as:

  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy: the removal of a large portion of the stomach, restricting the amount of food the patient is able to eat
  • Gastric bypass (Roux en Y): a portion of the small bowel is bypassed in order to decrease the amount of food that is absorbed by the body and the isolation of a large portion of the stomach, so decreasing the amount of food the patient is able to eat

99% of our procedures are performed via laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. This means that patients will experience minimal pain and will be discharged quickly from hospital. Patients will also be able to return to work or their normal activities within seven to 10 days.

Why should you consider having bariatric surgery?

Obesity is harmful to your health. If you are 40 per cent or more overweight you are twice as likely to die prematurely than an average-weight person.

Who is eligible for bariatric surgery?

To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must weigh no more than 200 kgs, be over sixteen years of age and be able to live and move around independently.

Are you overweight or obese?

Obesity is measured by BMI and classified according to the table below:

OCF OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY BY BMI

OBESITY

CLASS

BMI (kg/m2)

Underweight

 

< 18.5

Normal

 

18.5 - 24.9

Overweight

 

25 - 29.9

Obesity

I

30 - 34

 

II

35 - 39.9

Extreme Obesity

III

< 40

All patients entering a programme at the Obesity and Metabolic Disorder Centre will be assessed by a doctor at their first visit for suitability and given a plan of treatment. 

Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing remedy for long standing obesity, however it is important that patients understand that it is not a magic cure. The procedures will allow patients to change their lifestyle so they can maintain their weight loss. For the first six to 12 months after the procedure, it is vital that patients learn to eat the food that will help them maintain their weight loss, and adopt a pattern of exercise to further support the benefits of surgery.

Costs

Note that bariatric surgery is not covered by insurance.  Please contact us for details of costs.

Contact details

For further information please contact the hospital on 04 435 9999/056 226 7161 or email us at MCH-Obesitycentre@mediclinic.ae

Useful links

You may find the following related websites useful: 

www.obesityhelp.com

www.obesity.org

www.obesitylaw.com

www.obesity-online.com