It has always been a major factor in many chronic diseases and difficult health conditions, such as heart diseases, strokes, and certain types of cancer; including cancer of the uterus, breast, kidney and prostate. The world faces many fears about it and its consequences, and hence the so-called World Obesity Day arose, which is dedicated to spreading awareness about obesity, and educating the world and youth about its risks. This event is held for one day, but with continuous global efforts.

Obesity day 2024: let’s talk about obesity and…

Every year, on 4th of March, World Obesity Day is held to emphasize that it goes beyond its “usual” meanings that are related to lifestyles, however, it becomes a concern, and in some cases, a disease that must be aware of, reducing its complications and health issues.

“Let’s talk about obesity and…” is the 2024 theme, under which the world’s direction is to talk more about obesity and raise awareness in this regard, in addition, promote the concept of health and the serious diseases that obesity causes. As a result, the world has opened the door of discussion between all parties, to have a deeper perspective, concluding a real solution.

In a collective global drive to eliminate the blame and inconvenience associated with those affected by obesity, and to ensure that the problem of obesity is addressed globally, we must work to create healthy and sustainable environments where people can live longer and healthier lives. Because young people are the most influential, they played a major role during this year in developing the concept of creating a healthy environment, capable of reducing diseases such as obesity, reducing air pollution and achieving stability in our climate.

Obesity in 2035

There are many fears from this issue. Here are some predictions from recent studies in this regard in 2035:

● 1.9 billion people will be affected by obesity.

● $4.32 trillion estimated global economic impact of overweight.

● Childhood obesity rates are expected to increase by 100% between 2020 and 2035.

● It is expected that 1 in 4 people will suffer from obesity.

Al Khalidi’s role

The hospital’s role in this matter can only be noted as a pioneering among others in the regard, by opening several departments related to nutrition, meeting all the medical needs, and strengthening its departments with qualified personnel. Adding to gastric sleeve, Al Khalidi has generated the BariClip surgery, the biggest revolution in obesity surgeries, and made a great success offering a noninvasive method with outstanding results, with zero pain to patients dreaming of getting rid of obesity.

The percentage and statistics of cancer deaths continuously increase, indicating several causes, among which are the importance of early diagnosis, choosing the right treatment plan and the proper follow-up.

Notably, most of these cases are in low-middle-income countries that face a lack of provision of appropriate care and treatment, and in some countries, they may be almost non-existent. Here lies a dangerous indication, reminding us that methods of reducing these numbers are within our reach, but the ways to secure and enhance them vary from one country to another.

81.1 million; this is the number of cancer cases according to the last statistic of World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) worldwide in 2020. Moreover, according to WHO, 459000 deaths occur in the Middle East yearly.

World Cancer Day
On every 4th of February, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day, aiming to save millions of cancer patients by raising awareness and providing treatment equally, regardless of color, gender, race, and geography.

“Close the Care Gap” is a 2024 theme, which was generated as an opportunity to spread awareness and adopt the culture of early detection.

Close the Care Gap

Margret Harris, the spokesperson for the WHO, highlighted that cancer patients around the world don’t receive the same level of medical care, which in some cases reaches 15% in some low- or middle-income countries. Adding to that, the number of cancer deaths in Africa might exceed more than malaria and tuberculosis combined! and as long as the population density of these countries increases, death numbers could also rise in the coming years.

This is where the significance of the theme lies in secure treatment for all. This includes providing radiology, tomography, nuclear medicine centers and all necessary medical services and facilities. It is all based on the methodology that cancer treatment needs a comprehensive approach across sectors to be implemented. Alongside providing the scientific evidence to cover methods of prevention, early detection, treatment, and palliative care.

Needless to say, the high death numbers are heartbreaking, yet, it is the awareness that is bet on. With recognizing the equal right to treatment, rates will decrease, and cured cases increase. Keeping in mind that diagnosing cancer in the early stages elevates the chance of recovery, especially breast, colon, and cervical cancer, also reduces mortality rates and financial costs in parallel.

I believe that these facts emphasize our role in combining efforts, to remind the world that low-cost health care is patients’ basic right, with advanced health services, a clear curing plan and their needs delivered.

More than 100 thousand kidney transplant operations were conducted in 2022 only, according to the global data organization, Statista. The number might seem high at first sight, however, the number of patients who are looking to have this surgery is much higher as it is considered the ultimate solution for kidney failure.

Overview of kidney transplant
Kidney failure is a condition that affects around 10% of the population globally, which is 800 million individuals. While the number increases year by year, kidney transplant raises as an option on the table.

A kidney transplant is the process of placing a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a patient whose kidney no longer functions for any reason. When the kidney fails, the body’s ability to filter harmful materials and waste from the blood reduces, exposing the body to many dangerous diseases.

When does a kidney transplant become a necessity?
To address this question, we need to dive into the reasons that cause kidney failure, which the following are some of:
– Diabetes
High sugar levels in the blood make it difficult for the kidneys to do their job. As a result, they begin leaking albumin (proteins) into the urine. If this condition continues for years, the damage becomes irreversible, putting the patient in urgent need of a kidney transplant.
– High blood pressure
There are 2 ways by which high blood pressure affects the kidney; one is acute kidney failure caused by malignant hypertension that damages renal tissue, or it can develop over years from untreatable high blood pressure that destroys the blood vessels within the kidneys.
– Cancer
Kidney cancer can be untreatable in advanced stages which makes the transplant the only solution left. Other kinds like prostate cancer in men and uterine cancer in women can also be harmful to the kidneys.

Al Khalidi Hospital mastering kidney transplantation
Al Khalidi Hospital is very familiar with kidney transplant surgeries and we are happy to announce that all these surgeries have been successful so far. The hospital is equipped with the best knowhow and technology for such surgeries. For years Al Khalidi has been the go to for these complex cases. A lot of these patients are international patients who opt for Al Khalidi because of the hospital’s long experience and history.
For these patients Al Khalidi has a dedicated Customer Care Team that facilitates their travel logistics, such as visa applications, accommodation and transportation. The team also coordinates with the consultants to make sure all the required tests and documents are in place for both the donor and patient.

Obesity is a serious health condition that affects both adults and youth worldwide as it has negative health effects in the long run. Bariatric surgeries including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass have proven to be highly effective. The BariClip in particular positively impacts individuals who are not lucky enough with non-surgical methods without resulting in side effects.
Sneak peek at the BariClip surgery
The BariClip is a 15-cm length bar tool of silicone-covered titanium positioned laparoscopically around the tummy wall surface to restrict the food capacity, achieving the same gastric sleeve surgery effects without removing parts of the stomach. The secret behind this technology is preventing the food from going to the rest parts of the stomach, making it smaller in one sort and causing a feeling of fullness constantly.

How did this technology revolutionize the bariatric surgery world?
For starters, no parts of the stomach are removed, which is a comfort for most patients who are scared of gastric bypass surgeries. Moreover the invasive procedures are not significant and associated with almost zero side effects.

In addition, most people think about the reversibility aspect when thinking about the BariClip; doctors can remove the device once needed or according to the patient’s desire.

The expected weight loss caused by the surgery is 30 – 35% of the patient’s original weight, whereas they experience more weight loss after sleeve gastrectomy as the average goes up to 70 – 80%.

Mainly the procedure doesn’t cause any changes to the Ghrelin hormones which manage cravings as well as limit the body’s food consumption, adding to the gastric communication with the mind. It is also notable that the estimated time for the BariClip device to last is 20 years, however, the lengthiest period that has been implemented is 9 years.

Al Khalidi Hospital – pioneers of the BariClip in the Middle East

Always aiming to be pioneers in the health industry and fully dedicated to providing the best medical care to their patients, Al Khalidi was the first to introduce the BariClip surgeries in the Middle East in collaboration with the top bariatric surgeons in Jordan.

The BariClip revolutionized bariatric surgeries with its amazing results and minimally invasive procedure. In a recent operation, the patient lost 17 kgs in 2 months with a very smooth recovery. “I was looking for an effective and safe solution for obesity away from sleeve gastrectomy then I found out that the BariClip is the best choice as no parts of the stomach were removed” – Ahmad’s testimonial, Al Khalidi patient.


BariClip: The Brand-new Bariatric Clip for Weight-loss

Since 1978, your health has been our priority! And now, 45 years later, we remain committed to our promise of providing the best medical treatment and care. Thank you for being part of our successful journey.

Al Khalidi Hospital is proud to host some of the top cardiologists in Jordan to perform the first assisted cardiac technology in the kingdom.
Dr. Amr Al Karmi, Dr. Ibrahim Jarad and Dr. Karim Salhiyyah pioneered this procedure at Al Khalidi. The iVAC 2L facilitates the performance of cardiac catheterization for high risk heart failure patients. The insertion of this coronary stent placement has been performed on one of our patients and we are happy to announce the success of the procedure.

The 37th GOLA mission has come to end on Friday with successful results We’d like to thank the team for thier endless efforts in bringing hope to the lives of these children. The mission conducted 15 complex surgeries for children with heart conditions between the ages of 7 months to 13 years. We are happy and grateful to share that these children are on their way to full recovery.
Thank you again GOLA and Dr. Khaled Salaymeh for your expertise and care in this mission.
We’d also like to thank the Al Khalidi staff for their all-round readiness in handling this challenging and heartfelt mission.

Dr. Ashraf Haddad & Dr. Ahmad Al Basheer in collaboration with Dr. Patric Noel has performed the first BariClip technique in Jordan at Al Khalidi Hospital.

This new bariatric surgery method has been proven to have an easier recovery with less complications.

This marks a great milestone in bariatric surgeries and we are very happy to be one of the first institutions in the region to perform such a procedure at our hospital.
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