Work­shop held on obe­sity op­er­a­tions’ com­pli­ca­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

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.

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