NEW TREATMENT FOR “PAR ALYSED STOMACH”
Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have performed the region’s first “POP” procedure, an innovative technique that can alleviate the debilitating symptoms of gastroparesis, a chronic digestive disease. The non-surgical technique, known as Per-Oral Pyloromyotomy (POP), is based on techniques pioneered in Japan and is now available in the UAE capital, where four Emirati patients have already undergone the procedure this year. Gastroparesis, which is also known as delayed gastric emptying or “paralysed stomach”, affects millions of people around the world. While diabetes is one of the main causes of gastroparesis, other illnesses such as chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease, Turner’s syndrome and Parkinson’s disease can also cause the disease.