Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) conducted 900 bariatric surgeries in 2014, local daily Al Sharq has reported.
This is a 55% increase compared to 2013, revealed Dr Mutaz Pasha, consultant and chief of the department of bariatric surgery.
Dr Pasha said that HMC has introduced the most modern balloon techniques in obesity surgeries. The new technique avoids the complications and side-effects caused by the old procedure.
The old technique sometimes caused some patients to suffer from a heavy stomach and vomiting due to the weight of the old balloon and the leak of salt solution from the balloon.
“The new technique uses gas or air instead of the salt solution to protect the patients from the side effects of the balloon weight. Dr Pasha also referred to the need for adopting certain dietary habits to avoid the occurrence of obesity, once the balloon is removed.

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