As QMC in one of the leading centers in the Middle East in the field of plastic surgery, it is not a surprise for us to have a supporting general surgery department that not only addresses all the common general surgery problems but also is a leading center in both surgical and non-surgical weight loss.
The general surgery department at QMC is offering a wide range of services that include diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:
- Laparoscopic surgeries including lap. Cholecystectomy, appendectomy, different types of hernia, etc.
- Breast diseases and early detection of tumors.
- Gastrointestinal and colorectal surgeries.
- Anal diseases including anal piles, fissure, fistula
- Pilonidal sinus, lipoma, sebaceous cysts, papilloma, abscesses, circumcisions.
- Gastroscopy and colonoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic).
- Weight losing procedures that encompasses surgical and non-surgical tools.
However QMC is concerned more than others in the non-surgical procedures for weight loss with a special interest in Balloon Therapy.
Balloon Therapy is a non-surgical procedure carried out either endoscopically or by swallowing a pill, and is indicated for those who are either obese or overweight and have failed dieting attempts, patients who don’t want to have bariatric surgery, or it could be that procedure the patient does before embarking on cosmetic surgery or unfit for surgery.
An intra-gastric balloon is a soft balloon that partially fills the stomach and is filled with water. It gives a feeling of early satiety hence limits food intake, and also slows down the gastric emptying of food so it gives a sense of satiety for longer periods.
On Average, people lose between 20% and 30% of their excess weight with a gastric balloon but the amount of weight loss will depend upon how closely patient will maintain healthy diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes including regular exercise. The most commonly used intra-gastric balloons are:
• Elipse Balloon (No Anesthesia – No Endoscopy – No Removal) This balloon is swallowed as a pill with a glass of water under X-Ray supervision and then inflated in the stomach (with 550 cc saline), and after 4 months it opens spontaneously allowing it to empty and pass naturally from the body like any other food that we ingest.
• Orbera Balloon ( Anesthesia – Endoscopy insertion and removal) The unfilled gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth with the aid of a Gastroscopy, then filled with colored saline according to the size of the stomach (400-700 cc), and after 6 months the balloon is removed by Gastroscopy.