After regaining weight following her first surgery, Onood’s BMI (body mass index) reached 63 kg/m2 , which can bring about obesity-related disabilities. As a result, she was a candidate for the first-of-its-kind, fully robotic bariatric revision surgery in the UAE, which was conducted at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The surgery is designed to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body, by allowing food to travel faster through the digestive system.
To reduce Onood’s post-operative pain, the robotic Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch surgery rerouted a portion of her small intestine allowing for more precision and easier suturing. Her fast recovery resulted in being allowed to travel home to Fujairah only 4 days after her surgery.
Onood is determined to sustain her new diet and daily routine: “I feel like my life has started again; like I have a second chance to become the person I want to be”.