Mr Ali Alhamdani

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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020

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  • Upper GI surgery


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About me

Mr Alhamdani is Consultant Laparoscopic Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon at The Whittington Hospital, London UK, where he provides medical and surgical care to NHS patients.

Clinical services

Mr Alhamdani is a specialist upper GI surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He provides endoscopic, laparoscopic and open surgery for digestive disorders such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, hiatus hernia and gallstones. Bariatric surgery is performed to help people who are obese or morbidly obese to lose body weight. Mr Alhamdani is experienced in all types of weight loss surgery, including fitting gastric bands, insertion of gastric balloons, gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery.

Upper GI expertise: gallstones

Mr Alhamdani manages patients who need gallbladder surgery that is either planned (elective surgery) or required as an emergency. Surgery at either The Wellington Hospital or The Highgate Hospital is done as a day-case and you are normally in hospital for less than 24 hours.A longer stay is possible for patients, if required, on medical grounds.

You might need your gallbladder removed because of:
•Biliary colic: pain due to gallstones.
•Cholecystitis: infection of the gallbladder: including empyema (an abscess) or perforation.
•Biliary dyskinesia: a gallbladder that works or contracts irregularly, causing frequent attacks of pain despite having no gallstones.

Upper GI expertise: GORD and hiatus hernia

Mr Alhamdani’s approach includes lifestyle advice, medical treatment and surgery, if necessary:
•Lifestyle advice: eat smaller and more frequent meals a day instead of one big meal, avoid eating or drinking at least three hours before going to sleep at night, make sure your head is raised by 30-40 degrees by using two or three pillows.
•Medical treatment: the first-line treatment includes proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers to reduce acid production in the stomach. If that fails to reduce symptoms, the second line treatment is a drug combination that includes, for example, a proton pump inhibitor or an H2 blocker to reduce acid secretion, with a motility agent to reduce the time that food remains in the stomach.
•Surgery: Mr Alhamdani offers laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, a highly successful procedure that can permanently cure acid reflux in cases of GORD and hiatus hernia. Preparation includes having a gastroscopy (an endoscopic examination of the oesophagus and upper stomach), a contrast swallow and meal, and having your oesophageal function studied by measuring the pH and the pressure changes (manometry) in the lower oesophagus. The hospital stay for this procedure is 24-48 hours; it can be performed at The Wellington Hospital or The Highgate Hospital.

Bariatric surgery expertise

Mr Alhamdani arranges a detailed consultation with obese patients who wish to lose a substantial amount of body weight. Through discussion of your overall health and preferences, he can then recommend and offer the most suitable surgery. Procedures available include:
•Fitting a gastric balloon
•Fitting a gastric band
•Gastric sleeve surgery
•Gastric bypass surgery
.Mini gastric bypass
.Revisional obesity surgery.

Areas of interest

Biliary colic
Abdominal pain
Bariatric Surgery: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass; Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy; Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Insertion; Laparoscopic Mini Gastric Bypass;
Laparoscopic Revisional Obesity Surgery
Endoscopic Balloon Insertion; Upper GI surgery: Gallbladder Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy); Hiatus hernia surgery and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease GORD surgery (Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication)

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