Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center (SMBC) is the first centre in Sudan which is dedicated to minimal access, obesity and diabetes surgery .
SMBC is only and first bariatric centre in Sudan , Central East Africa and Horn of Africa region, with serious focus on managing morbid obesity.
It has world class infrastructure, highly equipped intelligent operation theaters ,dedicated services for obesity surgery and last but not the least a team that cares for its patients.
SMBC is well equipped for bariatric and metabolic surgery through laparoscopic procedure. It is the first centre to begin diabetes surgery for morbidly obese and low BMI diabetics.
Overview of the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program
Bariatric and Metabolic surgery refers to a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed to help people with obesity and weight-related health complications lose weight and regain their life back.
The Bariatric Surgery Program is run by Western-trained bariatric surgeons who are experts in surgical and advanced endoscopic (non-surgical) procedures. Their expertise ranges from first time bariatric operations to complex revisional bariatric surgery for patients who have had weight loss operations in the past, but either had a complication or did not get the results they hoped to achieve.
What We Treat
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery or metabolic surgery, is the surgical treatment of obesity and weight-related health problems, such as:
High blood pressure
In Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center’s Bariatric Surgery Program, each patient is assessed and treated by a multidisciplinary team that includes bariatric surgeons, a nutritionist, endocrinologists, and psychiatrists. Depending on the health of the patient, patients may also see a pulmonologist and/or a cardiologist.
Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center’s Program offers the following treatments for weight loss:
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: A non-invasive surgery to remove 75 percent of the stomach.
Laparascopic gastric bypass: A surgery to reduce the size of the stomach.
Revisional bariatric surgery: A surgery for weight regain or poor weight loss that follows a previous surgery. This procedure is performed when initial surgery did not produce desired results or when complications develop from a previous weight loss surgery.
Advanced non-invasive procedures: Includes endoscopic suturing (stitches made using a device inserted through the esophagus) as well as endoscopic management of surgical complications, like re-tightening the stomach pouch after bariatric surgery.
Diagnosis & Treatment
At Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center, our team of specialists are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of obesity and weight-related health complications.
Diagnosis for Bariatric Surgery
After being referred to Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center’s Bariatric Surgery program, a patient will typically have an initial assessment with a nutritionist, a surgeon, an endocrinologist, and/or a psychiatrist.
Once the patient has made the appropriate modifications to his or her lifestyle, there is an additional appointment with the nutritionist. In some cases, the patient will also undergo cardiac and pulmonary evaluations.
Treatment With Bariatric Surgery
Two weeks before surgery, the patient is put on a special diet to reduce the size of the liver, which improves the safety of the operation.
Approximately one day before surgery, the patient undergoes a full evaluation by the anesthesiologist. On the day of surgery, the patient meets with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist before proceeding to undergo laparoscopic surgery, also known as “keyhole surgery.”
Four hours after surgery, the patient is encouraged to walk around, as walking reduces the risk of complications. Patients are typically asked to stay in the hospital for two days after surgery. This may vary based on the patient’s overall health and the extent of the operation. During this stay, the patient meets with nutritionists and receives verbal and written guidelines on how and what to eat over the following weeks and months.
After discharge, the patient is required to return to the clinic one week after the operation, and then one month later. The patient is expected to attend appointments to review progress with his or her nutritionist, surgeon, and internist every three months without fail.
Bariatric Surgery Program Caregivers
The bariatric surgery team at Sudan Metabolic and Bariatric Center are experts in the surgical needs of individuals with obesity and weight-related health complications. Caregivers involved in patient care for the Bariatric Surgery Program are:
– Bariatric surgeons
– Bariatric nutritionists
– Internal medicine physicians