Workshop held on obesity operations’ complications
A workshop on complications in obesity operations was held over three days at Adan Hospital. International obesity surgeon Dr Sultan Al-Timyat was the chief guest, while doctors Aws Al-Azairi, Alaa Akrof, Nael Al-Shimmari, Mohammad Al-Kandari and Bashayer Al-Kandari were present. Sixteen operations were performed and the most modern techniques and equipment used in the procedures were discussed to reduce complications. The best means to deal with complications during obesity surgeries were also discussed.
“We held a workshop on complicated obesity operations, and we operated on an obese woman who was operated on before, but she wasn’t satisfied, so we held corrective surgery,” said Dr Shimmari. “Dr Timyat is the number one consultant in obesity operations in the Middle East. He operated on the patient, performing a small bypass after correcting the earlier operation that was done in the US. He used the most modern equipment on the woman, who is an American living in Kuwait,” he added. He said the success percentage in such operations is over 95 percent and complications are less than 1 percent. Dr Shimmari said more than 200 obesity operations have been done at Adan Hospital.
“We have done more than 700 obesity procedures before, and it is known the Arabian Gulf region has a high rate of obesity. Kuwait now leads the world in obesity, and this is due to the adoption of Western lifestyles,” said Timyat. He said the obesity rate in Kuwait is 48.8 percent, which is a very alarming figure, and is more prevalent in the younger generation. Youth make up 60 percent of Kuwait’s population. Dr Timyat said surgery is one of the means but not the first option for fighting obesity. “You will not be able to fight obesity only with surgery,” he cautioned.