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100 UAE patients use new gastric balloon procedure

DUBAI, July 22, 2018

One hundred obese or overweight individuals in the UAE have taken advantage of the new Ellipse Gastric Balloon to lose weight and to decrease its associated medical conditions, according to Dr Wael Dahhan at Emirates Hospital, Dubai.
 
“Obesity and being overweight is a major public health problem surrounding people in the Middle East. It can cause a wide range of illnesses, with diabetes being the most common. In addition, it can also lead to high blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart diseases, and strokes which are closely related to obesity. Factors such as genetics, lack of exercise and poor diet are all leading causes of weight gain which can also lead to serious consequences. 
 
“As such, patients who suffer from weight issues have a good option to insert the Ellipse Capsule Balloon for accelerated and desired results, which helps as a jumpstart to lose weight and create a feeling of satiety in these individuals,” said Dr Dahhan, consultant at Emirates Hospital.
 
Studies show that people with BMIs higher than 30 have a greater risk of premature death compared to their healthy-weight peers. And losing just 5 to 10 percent of total body weight -- through diet, exercise, or weight loss inducing procedures -- has been found to significantly improve health.
 
The Ellipse Balloon is an outpatient procedure which helps to reach the right BMI. It is ingested inside a capsule that is attached to a tube. Once the doctor has checked if the balloon is in its place, it is filled up with almost a pint of water and the thin connected tube is then removed. The entire procedure takes less than 20 minutes, eventually helping patients to lose up to 10-15 percent of total body weight. As the procedure does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, and it has a self-deflation valve which will open automatically after 4 months without the need for endoscopic retrieval, it makes it suitable for a larger population of patients not responding to diet and lifestyle treatment. 
 
“The Ellipse Gastric Balloon procedure is a non-invasive procedure. However, patients are screened and advised about the process, its recovery and changes to adapt before the procedure is performed, and the type of diet to follow especially the first week post placement, following with a designated dietician is essential over a period of 4- 6 months to achieve better results,” added Dr Dahhan.
A French national who underwent the procedure has lost 6 kg within two weeks and expects to lose more over the next four months, the hospital said.
 
While the procedure is implemented in the UAE, individuals in some European and Middle Eastern countries have been using this innovative non-invasive procedure for the past two years and have achieved good to excellent results, it added. – TradeArabia News Service 
 



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