Dr. Imran Ul Haq, Chief Consultant, Pediatric Robotic Oncology Surgeon at the American Hospital in Dubai, performed a laparoscopic vertical gastrectomy with his first robot.
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The forty-four-year-old Emirati woman is happy to have lost 8 kg in just one month after undergoing a robotic laparoscopic vertical gastrectomy for weight loss. The first robotic laparoscopic vertical weight-loss gastrectomy was performed at a hospital in Dubai, one of the very few hospitals in Dubai that offered Da Vinci Sea robotic equipment to assist surgeons in their treatment.

The patient had morbid obesity, a condition in which a patient with a BMI greater than 35 պայք struggles to lose weight despite regular diet and exercise. They are at high risk for developing serious medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.

The Emirati woman consulted with one of the four specialized robotic surgeons at the American Hospital in Dubai, Dr. Imran Ul Haq, Chief Consultant, Bariatric, Robotic Oncologist Surgeon.

“I examined the patient and advised him to have surgery,” said Dr. Huck. “I explained to him the laparoscopic surgery for weight loss և the latest development to do so, through a robot called the Da Vinci Sea robotic system, which allows the patient to recover faster. And he agreed to go to the procedure. “

Robotic weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive technique for general surgery with 3D imaging, tremor filter and articulated instruments, which is superior to conventional laparoscopic surgery due to greater improved visibility and manipulation.

“Robotic weight loss surgery provides the surgeon with higher surgical accuracy, less fatigue, as conventional treatments require 20-30 percent less time,” explains Dr. Huck.

“Smaller incisions are required for the operation. Less time for the procedure means less time under anesthesia; Therefore, in general, it means reduced injury, pain for the patient, faster recovery.

“Although treatments using a robotics system are a bit more expensive, there are usually fewer complications, less pain, and so limited drug costs. In addition, early discharges generally translate into several thousand dollars in savings over a period of one to two days due to reduced operating hours. ”

Dr. Huck has been improving laparoscopic surgery for more than 20 years, and has been performing robotic surgeries for about 10 years. However, this da Vinci Xi robotic weight loss surgery was the first to be performed at the American Hospital in Dubai. The hospital’s robotic surgeons, including Dr. Huck, are already performing routine, complex surgeries with the Da Vinci Sea robot. Now barbaric robotic surgery has been added to their arsenal.

He explained that this surgery is suitable for people suffering from morbid obesity, who weigh about 60-80 pounds from their ideal body weight.

Patients who have tried diet, exercise, or medication for years but have not been able to do so will receive the procedure. “They generally have limited mobility, can not move or run easily, take longer to change clothes, and suffocate,” he added.

“Moreover, in connection with weight, they complain, among other diseases, of joint pain, heartburn, acidity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and back pain. They are at higher risk of developing cancer and are more likely to die 10-15 years earlier than the general population. “Therefore, the sooner the patient resolves this issue, the better the rescue will be for them.”

In this patient, he became obese with joint pain, but had no complications after the operation, says the doctor. “He was walking the same day after the operation and was discharged after spending two nights in hospital. Now she is back to her normal routine, losing 8 kg in one month.

“With this type of weight loss surgery, 80 percent of the stomach is removed. Therefore, the patient must follow a special diet. I advise my patients to follow a clear liquid diet, such as water and juices, for the first week, and complete fluids, such as coffee, tea, and soups, for the next week. The third week is semi-liquid or liquid food. From the fourth week, the usual diet consists of small portions of 5-6 small meals, which should be followed throughout life.

Dr. Huck adds that since this surgery is a lifestyle change, he advises his patients to follow a special diet and exercise at the gym at least 4-5 times a week before surgery. “It’s essential to see if the patient is motivated for this procedure. “Surgery is just the beginning for patients և requires less healthy eating throughout life, in small portions at the gym with regular exercise to ensure successful results.”

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