Oman’s Khoula Hospital performs first of its kind Gastric Bypass Surgery

Muscat: A specialized medical team in obesity surgery at Khoula Hospital succeeded in performing the first operation of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman, which was a gastric bypass operation in the day care department for a patient suffering from severe obesity was admitted on the same day.

Dr. Badr bin Aflah Al-Hadrami, a consultant in obesity and upper gastrointestinal surgery at Khoula Hospital, confirmed that this operation is the first bariatric surgery such as one-day operations at Khoula Hospital, where the patient was admitted and licensed on the same day. Obesity surgeries are among the major surgeries that are performed via laparoscopic surgery.

He added that these operations have been approved in many countries as one-day operations, which come through continuous follow-up of the patient by communicating with him and adopting a rapid recovery system, which constitutes a basic foundation in this type of operation to contribute to reducing waiting lists and performing a larger number of operations per week.

Dr. Alia Bint Ali Al Balushi, Head of the Day Care Department, indicated that the operation was conducted under the supervision of a specialized medical team of obesity surgeons, anesthesiologists, and a team of nurses at Khoula Hospital in the Day Care Department. Day care operations – or as one-day operations are called – have witnessed a noticeable increase over the past two decades in World level.

She explained that day care operations were previously an option for healthy patients undergoing simple procedures, but with the development of modern surgical techniques and the advancement of anesthesia, it was allowed to expand to operations that include different categories of patients and more complex surgeries.

Dr. Rashid bin Mohammed Al-Alawi, Director General of the General Directorate of Khoula Hospital, confirmed that the success of performing such an operation reflects the high level of development reached by the various medical services at Khoula Hospital, pointing out that activating the day care department in the General Directorate of Khoula Hospital comes within the Directorate’s plan to reduce Waiting for appointments and reducing operating lists. This comes within the Ministry of Health’s plan to improve the quality of health services provided.

It is noteworthy that the General Directorate of Khoula Hospital activated the day care department to conduct one-day operations in various specialized medical specialties, such as general surgery, plastic surgery, ear and throat operations, and dental operations for children under full anesthesia, with the aim of reducing waiting lists for appointments and surgical operations.

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