Dr. Benard Ndung'u Attends an International Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Masters Class in Istanbul
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Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-06-06 16:13

Dr. Ndung’u at Medtronic Innovation Centre; Umaliye area, Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr. Bernard M. Ndung’u a senior lecturer at the department, and a member of the faculty of the NSSC attended an international Metabolic – Bariatric Masterclass held at the Medtronic Innovation Centre in Istanbul, Turkey between May 31st and June 2nd 2016.

The training covered all aspects of Metabolic / Bariatric surgery (MBS) including the basic science of pathophysiology and mechanisms of action of surgical therapy of obesity and related metabolic syndrome, indications, perioperative management, surgical techniques of the common as well as newer MBS procedures, complications and outcomes as well as the multidisciplinary approach of this condition which has currently reached pandemic levels.

More important, the course had two hands-on training sessions which were dedicated to improvement of skills and expertise on various techniques in Laparoscopic Metabolic / Bariatric Surgery including Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux-enY- Gastric bypass, Mini (Omega) gastric bypass, Biliopancreatic Diversion ( BPD+/-DS).

The faculty included reknown Bariatric Surgeons and teachers including, Claude Taylor (Lebanon), John Alle (Belgium) and Sultan Temyatt (Saudi Arabia), while the 15 participants were all advanced laparoscopic surgeons from Europe, Middle East and 3 from Kenya. They were strongly motivated to advance Metabolic/Bariatric surgery into their surgical armentarium with the appropriate care and diligence for the benefit of the whole world.

Social event (Dinner) by the sponsor at the Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr Ndungu’s advancement of MBS skills training and education previously acquired elsewhere is guided by the realization that the global pandemic of obesity has continued unabated over the past few decades and little progress has been made in behavioural and medical treatment. By contrast, MBS has yielded important short and long term data on efficacy and safety of surgical treatment of obesity and related co-morbidities. Of great significance is that MBS has been shown to completely reverse most of the comorbidities associated with obesity especially Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) independently of the weight loss mechanisms.

At present, there are no training programmes in our country for this kind of surgeries necessitating their external acquisition and establishment of a competent MBS training and service in this country is long overdue.

Certificate of completion on Bariatric Master Class awarded to Dr. Ndung’u.

Dr Ndungu is particularly grateful to Medtronic (Covidien) for sponsoring the course and associated social events and together with his colleagues, he is very keen in introducing similar trainings at the surgical skills centre in Department of Human Anatomy of the University of Nairobi.

Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2019-06-24 16:13