Posted on July 30, 2015

Al Khor and Al Ahli hospitals hosted a workshop on the gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure to update medical and nursing staff on the use of the new generation of endoscopes and medical equipment and keep them abreast with medical trends scientifically and practically, said The Peninsula.

The workshop was held by a team from Barzan Medical Supplies and focused on stomach bleeding during surgery of the digestive system and the use of hemospray, a breakthrough in the reduction of any internal bleeding, as well as the use of latest systems and endoscopy for the expansion of the digestive tract. Dr Wissam Al Ghadhban, Head of GI, Al Khor Hospital, said, “We at the Gastroenterology Department always look for practical developments in the field of laparoscopic surgery and updates of medical equipment and tools to keep up with what’s new in the world.

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“The Barzan team explained details of the use of sophisticated devices and techniques that are a qualitative leap in terms of the use of new generation of endoscopes in the early detection of stomach bleeding, treatment of tumours and fragmentation of gallstones in innovative ways to avoid major surgical operations.” Dr Ashraf Ameen, Head of GI, Al Ahli Hospital, said, “Topics of the workshop were important as they constituted the first step for diagnosis before performing the digestive system surgery. “It is a rapid intervention to protect the patient from internal bleeding, which affects negatively the work of cells and disturbs the functions of the heart and kidneys.”

The workshop included practical use of hemospray to stop ulcer bleeding safely and with success ratios of up to 100 percent by spraying a white metal powder on the bleeding locations unresponsive to treatment through a catheter inserted into the endoscope tubes. Since there is a considerable percentage of patients that die due to severe recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding, this technology is used to reduce mortality rates resulting from gastrointestinal bleeding and allow patients to fully recover.