Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of
surgical and non-surgical procedures performed to help people with obesity lose
weight. The Bariatric Surgery Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive
Disease Institute specializes in the surgical treatment of obesity and
weight-related health complications.
The Bariatric Surgery Program is run by
Western-trained bariatric surgeons who are experts in surgical and advanced
endoscopic (non-surgical) procedures. Their expertise ranges from first
time bariatric operations to complex
revisional bariatric surgery for patients who have had weight loss operations
in the past, but either had a complication or did not get the results they
hoped to achieve.
What We Treat
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery or metabolic surgery, is the
surgical treatment of obesity and weight-related health problems, such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
In Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Bariatric
Surgery Program, each patient is assessed and treated by a multidisciplinary
team that includes bariatric surgeons, a nutritionist, endocrinologists, and
psychiatrists. Depending on the health of the patient, patients may also see a
pulmonologist and/or a cardiologist.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Bariatric Surgery
Program offers the following treatments for weight loss:
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: A non-invasive surgery to remove 75 percent of the stomach.
- Laparascopic gastric bypass: A surgery to reduce the size of the stomach.
- Intragastric balloon: An inflatable, implantable medical device placed in the stomach that helps patients feel full faster.
- Revisional bariatric surgery: A surgery for weight regain or poor weight loss that follows a previous surgery. This procedure is performed when initial surgery did not produce desired results or when complications develop from a previous weight loss surgery.
- Advanced non-invasive procedures: Includes endoscopic suturing (stitches made using a device inserted through the esophagus) as well as endoscopic management of surgical complications, like re-tightening the stomach pouch after bariatric surgery.
Diagnosis & Treatment
At the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland
Clinic Abu Dhabi, our team of specialists are highly trained in the diagnosis
and treatment of obesity and weight-related health complications.
Diagnosis for Bariatric Surgery
After being referred to Cleveland Clinic Abu
Dhabi’s Bariatric Surgery program, a patient will typically have an initial
assessment with a nutritionist, a surgeon, an endocrinologist, and/or a
Once the patient has made the appropriate
modifications to his or her lifestyle, there is an additional appointment with
the nutritionist. In some cases, the patient will also undergo cardiac and
Treatment With Bariatric Surgery
Two weeks before surgery, the patient is put on
a special diet to reduce the size of the liver, which improves the safety of
Approximately one day before surgery, the
patient undergoes a full evaluation by the anesthesiologist. On the day of
surgery, the patient meets with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist before
proceeding to undergo laparoscopic surgery, also known as “keyhole surgery.”
Four hours after surgery, the patient is
encouraged to walk around, as walking reduces the risk of complications. Patients
are typically asked to stay in the hospital for two days after surgery. This
may vary based on the patient’s overall health and the extent of the operation.
During this stay, the patient meets with nutritionists and receives verbal and
written guidelines on how and what to eat over the following weeks and months.
After discharge, the patient is required to
return to the clinic one week after the operation, and then one month later.
The patient is expected to attend appointments to review progress with his or
her nutritionist, surgeon, and internist every three months without fail.
Bariatric Surgery Program Caregivers
The bariatric surgery team at Cleveland Clinic
Abu Dhabi are experts in the surgical needs of individuals with obesity and weight-related
health complications. Caregivers involved in patient care for the Bariatric
Surgery Program are:
- Bariatric surgeons
- Bariatric nutritionists
- Internal medicine physicians
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