FAQ's

General

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointments, please remember to bring the following

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling us directly during our working hours.

If you wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment, please call +971 2 622 8660 / +971 050 315 3009 to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.

Medical

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a recent advancement in surgical techniques, where small incisions are made to perform the surgery. As opposed to the traditional open surgery, where a large cut is made on your body to clearly view and perform a surgery, laparoscopy is performed through 3 to 5 small incisions. This minimally invasive procedure is possible because of a thin long instrument called a laparoscope, which has a tiny camera and light source attached to its end. The laparoscope is inserted through one of the tiny incisions, and the camera relays images on a large screen, providing a clear view of the operation site to guide your surgeon throughout the surgery. Surgical instruments are then inserted into the other incisions to carry out the surgery.

How is it better than traditional open surgeries?

When compared to open surgery, laparoscopy has the following advantages:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-operative pain and bleeding
  • Reduced scarring

What is a hernia?

A hernia is the extension of an organ or fatty tissue through a weak spot in the muscle or connective tissue that surrounds it. It can occur in the groin (inguinal or femoral hernia), belly button (umbilical hernia), upper stomach (hiatal hernia) or at the region of a previous incision (incisional hernia).

Is surgery always necessary for hernia?

All hernias do not require treatment but may be monitored for possible complications. Surgery is recommended when your hernia causes pain and enlarges. It is considered a medical emergency when the organ becomes trapped and strangulated cutting off the blood supply to the tissues.

Can diet reduce my risk of colon cancer?

The influence of food on colon cancer has been extensively debated upon. High fat and high cholesterol foods have been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. While some studies show that a fiber-rich diet reduces the risk of developing the cancer, others state that it doesn't make much of a difference. However, there is a general consensus on the benefits of fiber as a vital source of nutrients that prevents many diseases such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, gastrointestinal problems, and sometimes even stomach and esophageal cancers.

The most effective way of preventing colon cancer is by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, having an active life, maintaining an ideal body weight, and scheduling regular screenings after the age of 50 years, or before if you have a family member suffering from colon cancer.

Does blood in stools always suggest colon cancer?

Blood is stools can occur for many reasons and is a common symptom of many diseases, colon cancer being one of them. Some of the common conditions that could cause blood in stools include infections of the colon, lesions in the stomach and small intestine, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s colitis or ulcerative colitis), hemorrhoids, and fissures or tears in the anus. Bleeding from the rectum or blood in stools for any reason should not be ignored. Contact your gastroenterologist for a thorough examination and timely treatment.

Can gallstones form after cholecystectomy?

Gallstones do not form after cholecystectomy as the gallbladder has been removed. However, stones can develop in your bile duct.

How would my diet change after cholecystectomy?

The gallbladder is a small pouch that concentrates and stores bile released by the liver between meals. When we eat food, it is released through the bile duct to digest fats in the intestine. When the gallbladder is removed during cholecystectomy, bile drains continuously into the intestine and is less concentrated. This initially affects the digestive process, but the body adjusts to this change and learns to effectively digest fats.

After the removal of the gallbladder, it is important to:

  • Eat small, frequent meals
  • Avoid high fat content
  • Gradually increase the amount of dietary fiber
  • Reduce foods that are difficult to digest such as dairy products and caffeinated beverages

What are the causes of GERD?

The exact cause of GERD is not clear, but there are certain factors that increase your chances of developing the condition. Some of them include:

  • Excess alcohol or smoking, poor posture (slouching) or obesity
  • Certain blood pressure medications
  • Fatty and acidic foods, and caffeinated drinks
  • Eating before bedtime and eating large meals
  • Related conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy and hiatal hernia

What can I expect after laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication?

After laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, you will remain in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. You may have pain, which can be relieved with medication. You will be able to resume your work in about 2 to 3 weeks. Your doctor will give you specific instructions you need to follow with regard to your diet:

  • Eat soft foods during recovery
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly

How are hemorrhoids formed?

Hemorrhoids are formed when the veins around your anus stretch and bulge under pressure. Increased pressure in the lower rectum may be caused by:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • Obesity
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • During pregnancy
  • Diet low in fiber
  • Aging causes the tissues that support the veins to weaken and stretch

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Hemorrhoids are usually treated with lifestyle modifications such as eating a healthy diet, losing weight if you are obese and treating constipation and diarrhea. Your doctor may prescribe creams or suppositories to relieve pain and itching. For extremely painful hemorrhoids that bleed, your doctor may suggest minimally invasive treatments such as:

  • Rubber band ligation: tiny rubber bands are placed around the base the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood circulation. The hemorrhoid shrinks and falls off.
  • Injection (sclerotherapy): a chemical solution is injected inside the hemorrhoid to shrink it.
  • Coagulation (infrared, laser or bipolar): laser or infrared light or heat is directed at the hemorrhoids to harden and shrink it.

When all these methods fail to relieve symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery.

  • Hemorrhoidectomy: surgical removal of the hemorrhoid
  • Hemorrhoid stapling or stapled hemorrhoidectomy: base of the hemorrhoid is stapled to block the flow of blood to the hemorrhoidal tissue.