Bariatric surgery has become the popular choice for people to lose weight in a wholesome way. Dr Raymond Elias explains the procedure to Hasan al Lawati
Amid our ever-growing dependency on technology, the number of people gaining extra, unwanted kilogrammes is on the rise, and so is the demand for weight-loss surgeries, according to health experts.
In Oman, obese people are only allowed to undergo bariatric surgery if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 and above, according to Dr Raymond Elias, Medical Director of Muscat Private Hospital.
You need to divide your weight in kilogrammes (kg) by your height in metres (m), and divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI.
Dr Elias says bariatric surgery is now becoming the most requested surgery, especially in this region.
“Obesity is becoming the disease of the time,” he says, adding that one the best procedures to counter overweight is ‘sleeve surgery’.
Explaining the procedure, Elias says: “In sleeve surgery, we are not changing the digestive track of the patient, we just make a big stomach smaller.”
“It is an easy and safe procedure,” he assures, announcing that Muscat Private Hospital is now cooperating with Europe-trained Dr Ali Fardoun who has earned worldwide recognition for his pioneering work in obesity surgery.
Dr Fardoun has performed around 4,000 surgeries during his 15-year career in Oman, the UAE and Lebanon.
According to Dr Fardoun, “bariatric surgery helps provide immediate solution to the problem of obesity and also offers considerable relief from other associated diseases like diabetes, high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol.”
With cosmetic surgery becoming minimally invasive and more affordable, the number of people opting to go under the knife to look better by getting slimmer or reducing the tummy is increasing in Oman. There is an increased awareness and acceptability about cosmetic surgery in Oman now, besides medical purposes.
Bariatric surgery is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for many in Oman who are exploring all available options to get rid of fat, according to Muscat Private Hospital. ν