Dubai Hospital, one of the hospitals under the Dubai Health Authority network, said it will carry out the first kidney transplant operation in the emirate later this year.
Hospital officials said in a statement that the facility is now the first hospital in Dubai to offer kidney transplantation services, with the first surgery set to be conducted in mid-2014.
The move will avoid the need for patients in the UAE to go abroad for treatment.
Dr Abdulrazzak Al Madani, CEO of Dubai Hospital, said: "Dubai Health Authority has strived to ensure that the emirate of Dubai has access to the latest healthcare services in the world and we are driven to diversify the quantity and quality of our services according to the specific healthcare demands and needs of our clients.
"Dubai Hospital, which has the Renal and Urology Disease Departments, has seen a steep rise in the number of patients with kidney diseases."
He added: "While we provide dialysis service to hundreds of patients and the numbers are on the rise, we realized there is a need for introducing kidney transplantation services so that patients do not need to travel abroad for this service."
"By providing this service locally, we will be able to reduce the time these patients spend in hospitals for dialysis, improve their work and exercise capacity, and overall health and life expectancy, so that they lead a normal life and resume their fulltime employment."
Dr Farhad Kheradmand Aljanahi, specialist urologist and transplant surgeon in Dubai Hospital, said initially, the team will focus on transplantations from live and related donors.
He said: "A large percentage of our patients develop chronic kidney disease as a secondary complication of diabetes and/or high blood pressure, which are both becoming increasingly prevalent in our region.
"Many of them gradually proceed to end-stage kidney disease and kidney transplantation offers them a better life- both in the short and long term as opposed to treatment with continuous dialysis."
The surgeries will be performed in collaboration with a specialist transplant team from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, the statement said.For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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