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- Upper GI surgery
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.
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
Areas of interest
Bariatric Surgery: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass; Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy; Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Insertion; Endoscopic Balloon Insertion; Upper GI surgery: Gallbladder Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy); Hiatus hernia surgery and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease GORD surgery (Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication)
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Laparoscopic Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon
MD degree in the effect of bile and acid on Barrett’s Oesophagus
Bariatric interest in the effect of bariatric surgery on patients’ co-morbidities
Teaching general and bariatric surgery oversees (Middle East and Iraq)
Planning to establish the first national bariatric unit Iraq
English and Arabic
1.“Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding: a 10-year single centre experience of 575 cases with weight loss following surgery.
Obes Surg. 2012 Apr 10 (Epub ahead of print)
2. “Curcumin abrogates bile-induced NF-κB activity and DNA damage in vitro and suppresses NF-κB activity whilst promoting apoptosis in vivo, suggesting chemopreventative potential in Barrett's oesophagus”
Clin Transl Oncol. 2012 Apr;14(4):302-11. doi: 10.1007/s12094-012-0799-x.
PMID: 22484638 [PubMed - in process]
3.“In vitro and ex vivo models of extended reflux exposure demonstrate that weakly acidic mixed reflux heightens NF-kB-mediated gene expression”
Dis Esophagus 2010 Dec 10
4.“Cleaning the laparoscopic camera port by a microbiology culture swab”
J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2008 Oct;18(5):751-2.
5. “Primary closure of choledochotomy after emergency laparoscopic common bile duct exploration”
Surg Endosc. 2008 Oct;22(10):2190-5. Epub 2008 Jul 12.
6. “The bile acid deoxycholic acid has a non-linear dose response for DNA damage and possibly NF-kappaB activation in oesophageal cells, with a mechanism of action involving ROS”
Mutagenesis. 2008 Sep;23(5):399-405. Epub 2008 May 30.
7. “Nerve injury in Lower Limb Vascular Surgery”
The Surgeon 6; 1: 32-5
8. “Immunohistochemical study of NF-kB activity and IL-8 abundance in
oesophageal adenocarcinoma; a useful strategy for monitoring these biomarkers”
J Clin Pathol 60(11);1232-7
9. “Severe proctitis, perforation, and fatal rectal bleeding secondary to
cytomegalovirus in an immunocompetent patient: report of a case.”
Surg Today. 2007;37(1):66-9. Epub 2007 Jan 1.
10."Combined Pancreatic Endocrine Tumour and Serous Microcystic
Cystadenoma. Case Report and Literature Review"
Gastroenterology Today 2004;14:5-8.
Courses offered to GPs
1. Obesity/ weight loss surgery 1
2. Obesity/ weight loss surgery 2
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2010
- MD University of Wales Swansea 2006
- MB ChB University of Baghdad College of Medicine 1996
- Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK 2011
Details of entry to specialist register
- Specialist register as a General Surgeon, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
1. Memeber of British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) since 2011
2. Member of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) since 2011
3. Member of Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS) since 2008
- Bupa Cromwell Hospital
- 09:00 - 11:00
- 07811 948203
- Highgate Private Hospital, N6 4DJ
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 07811 948203
- Spire Bushey Hospital
- 15:00 - 17:00
- 07811 948203
- Wellington Hospital, NW8 9LE
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 07811 948203
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Mr Ali Alhamdani
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: doctorali2000