Bariatric surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Woman holding a weighing machine in bariatric surgery hospital

Obesity is a medical condition that requires treatment to avoid long-term health issues. Weight-loss surgeries known as bariatric surgery involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. At UHS, we offer outstanding surgical outcomes and superior expertise in the treatment of obesity and all its related health problems. 

Diet and exercise are the first option for obesity and reducing weight; however, if they fail to provide suitable outcomes, weight-loss surgery can be the appropriate procedure to help those people lose weight and improve their health condition.

Why it's done?

Bariatric surgeries help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially weight-related health problems as:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol

While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all weight-loss surgery are major procedures that can also pose risks and side effects.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Generally, bariatric surgery could be a good option for you when:

  • The body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity)
  • The BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious health problem related to weight
  • Some cases may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery when the BMI is 30 to 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems
  • People who are severely overweight may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery

If weight loss surgery isn’t right for you, we offer other treatments including our weight loss program.

Why UHS?

Bariatric Surgery  department at the University Hospital of Sharjah is preeminent among this specific critical service in UAE. At UHS, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive patient care. We take extra precautions  while catering to the requirements of the patient with surgical needs. UHS surgeons are internationally recognized in weight loss surgeries and know how to give their patients the best treatment and advice during and post-surgery. Also,they are work hand in hand with other specialists over a broad spectrum of surgical requirements.

Doctors in bariatric surgery

Dr. Abdulwahid Mohamed Ali Alwahedi

Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon

Prof. Dr. Tarek Ibrahim Mahdi

Head of Department and Consultant General & Bariatric Surgeon


 A Gastric bypass is a type of weight-loss surgery that involves Makes a small stomach pouch – about the size of an egg and connecting the newly created pouch directly to the small intestine.

This procedure helps you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially weight-related health problems as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Heart disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Gastric sleeve, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of weight loss (bariatric) surgery. 

This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, where over half of the stomach is removed, by inserting small instruments through multiple small incisions in the upper abdomen. leaving a tube-shaped stomach about the size and shape of a banana.


Why it's done:

This procedure to help you lose excess weight and to reduce your risk of potentially weight-related health problems as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cancer 
  • Infertility

Laparoscopic surgeries use an instrument called the Laparoscope. The surgery is performed by creating a small incision and inserting a small tube into the abdomen through it. It is also called Minimally Invasive Surgery including:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy 
  • Laparoscopic Roux en y gastric bypass 
  • Laparoscopic Mini gastric bypass 
  • Laparoscopic SASI bypass 
  • Laparoscopic Revisional bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic for management of complicated bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic hernioplasty (inguinal, ventral, incisional) 
  • Laparoscopic repair of reflux esophagitis and diaphragmatic hernia 
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and duodenal ulcer repair 
  • Laparoscopic hyperhidrosis 
  • Laparoscopic colorectal operations

Widely known as Lap-Band surgery, it is a type of minimally invasive weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) that involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the size of the stomach thus limiting the capacity of food intake but it doesn't reduce the absorption of calories and nutrients.

The adjustable Gastric La-Band involves an inflatable silicone band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to achieve weight loss. This creates a small stomach pouch above the band and leaving the rest of the stomach intact below it.