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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s bariatric surgery program treats more than 3,200 patients with complex chronic conditions


  • More than 1 billion people worldwide are obese, and the World Health Organization estimates that by 2025, some 167 million people will be obese or considered overweight

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Since its launch in 2017, the Cleveland Abu Dhabi Clinic, part of M42, has reached a major milestone with its bariatric surgery program completing more than 3,200 procedures. As global obesity levels continue to rise, with rates nearly tripling over the past 50 years, bariatric surgery is increasingly seen as a successful long-term solution for obese patients for whom other methods of weight loss have failed .

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide are obese, while the UAE National Health Survey 2017-18 reported that 27% of respondents were obese, with the highest prevalence among the 30-44 age group.

Despite the many weight loss options available today, maintaining a healthy weight after bariatric surgery is considered a challenge. However, through its bariatric surgery program, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is offering longer-lasting solutions for those seeking significant weight loss. In addition, this surgical option offers many other life-changing health benefits, including relief from type 2 diabetes, improved heart health, relief from depression, joint pain relief, and improved fertility.

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi milestone of completing more than 3,200 procedures demonstrates its level of clinical excellence in advancing bariatric surgery as a successful treatment option for obesity and related comorbidities.

Dr. Javed Raza, Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Attending Physician at the Institute of Digestive Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “The prevalence of obesity is increasing. It affects vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and reproductive system, leading to a range of health problems. These include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, various cancers, and obstructive sleep apnea. These all significantly affect the patient’s quality of life.”

Dr. Raza also highlighted the benefits of bariatric surgery for obese patients: “Bariatric surgery including gastric bypass; sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch have been shown to be effective treatment options for patients with obesity-related chronic diseases. Studies have shown that, Bariatric surgery not only helps patients achieve significant weight loss, but also improves overall health and quality of life. When accompanied by important lifestyle changes, it is the most effective long-term and sustainable treatment for class III obesity.”

The multidisciplinary bariatric surgery program at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers two different types of treatment, among other surgical procedures: laparoscopic SADI surgery and robotic sleeve surgery, and uses national and international benchmarks as eligibility criteria for the procedure. The hospital treats patients with a variety of complex issues, including those with high body mass index, multiple comorbidities, and those who have failed to lose weight using traditional methods. In addition to the latest technology, the program offers comprehensive personalized care, education and post-operative support.

“At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, our goal is to help our patients achieve long-term success in their weight loss journey and improve their overall health and well-being,” said Dr. Raza. “Using the latest technology and a multidisciplinary approach, we provide individualized care, education and support to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.”

For more information, visit the Comprehensive Obesity and Metabolism Center page: https://www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae/en/institutes-and-specialties/digestive-disease/compressive-obesity-metabolic-center

To book an appointment at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, please call 800 8 CCAD (2223) Visit www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae Or download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Patient Portal app.


About the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an M42 company, is a multi-specialty hospital located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unrivaled extension of the US-based Cleveland Clinic model of care, designed to meet a range of complex and critical care needs unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following institutes and departments: Cardiology, Vascular and Thoracic, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Respiratory Medicine, Intensive Care, Oncology, Transplantation, Surgery Specialties, Internal Medicine Specialties, Emergency Medicine , Anesthesiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality and Patient Safety, Clinical and Nursing, Research and Education. In total, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has more than 50 medical and surgical specialties.

The campus also houses the Fatima Bint Al Mubarak Centre, a separate specialized cancer centre. This state-of-the-art facility offers patients diagnostic and treatment options through world-class facilities across 24 clinical departments, including a range of cancer subspecialties and programs: blood cancers, breast cancers, endocrine cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, urology Reproductive system cancer, gynecological cancer, head and neck cancer, nervous system cancer, breast cancer, ophthalmic cancer and soft tissue cancer, etc.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, which includes state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service standards, closer to home.

please visit us www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

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