Weight loss surgery on the rise in Qatar; HMC receives over 20 cases cases per week
Citing an increasing demand in weight loss surgeries in Qatar, the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has disclosed that the current average number of cases ranges from 20 to 25.
The bariatric surgery centre at HMC opened in 2010, and has since conducted over 2,800 surgeries for adolescents and adults, The Peninsula has reported. With increased services, the waiting time for appointment for the surgery has been reduced from one year to only three months. However, this service is available only to citizens currently. Expatriates will be able to avail of the services when the waiting time is further reduced. HMC will soon start the services at Al Wakrah hospital.
The failure rate at the HMC facility is about 15%. According to Dr Mohammed Jeham Al Kuwari, a consultant for bariatric surgery at HMC, surgeries fail when “patients do not comply with the medical advice after the surgery”, the report quotes. International death rate for the surgery is one in every 1000 cases.
A study conducted by three student groups from the Human Nutrition Programme at Qatar University in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) revealed that more than half of Qatari adolescents are obese. About 59.9% of nationals, aged 14-20 years, were found to be obese, as compared to 40.1% of obese non-Qataris.