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General and Bariatric Surgeries

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder — a pear-shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder collects and stores bile — a digestive fluid produced in the liver.

A cholecystectomy may be necessary if you experience pain from gallstones that block the flow of bile. It is a common surgery and in most cases, the patient can go home the same day of the cholecystectomy.

It is most commonly performed by inserting a tiny video camera and special surgical tools through four small incisions to see inside the abdomen and remove the gallbladder. This is called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In some cases, one large incision may be used to remove the gallbladder. This is called an open cholecystectomy.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Appendicitis is a sudden inflammation of the appendix. Although the appendix does not seem to serve any purpose, it can become diseased and, if left untreated, can burst, causing infection and even death.

The infected appendix then must be surgically removed before a hole develops in the appendix and the infection spreads to the abdominal space.

The laparoscopic (minimally invasive) technique involves making several tiny cuts in the abdomen and inserting a miniature camera and fine laparoscopic instruments. The surgeon then removes the appendix with the instruments. This technique avoids the need to make a large incision in the abdomen and thus reduces post-operative pain and speeds up the recovery process.

Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery

Although "heartburn" is often used to describe a variety of digestive problems, in medical terms, it is actually a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. In this condition, stomach acids reflux or "back up" from the stomach into the esophagus. Heartburn is described as a harsh, burning sensation in the area in between the ribs or just below the neck. The feeling may radiate through the chest and into the throat and neck.

Patients who do not respond well to lifestyle changes or medications or those who continually require medications to control their symptoms will have to undergo a surgical procedure called Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery which is very effective in treating GERD.

Hernia Surgery

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas. Most hernias are not immediately life threatening, but they don’t go away on their own and can require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.

Hernias can be repaired with either open or laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera and miniaturized surgical equipment to repair the hernia using only a few small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery is less damaging to the surrounding tissue.

General Surgery Department

Highly Qualified and Experienced Surgeons...

The General Surgery Department at Zulekha Hospitals aims to provide the highest standard of surgical care and service to its patients. Our team consists of dedicated professionals and skilled staffs (doctors, nurses, paramedical) who are committed in helping to deliver top quality surgical care to the patients using modern and cost effective technology.

The surgical department offers general as well as Laparoscopic services from highly qualified and experienced surgeons. The department provides an entire spectrum of general surgeries. General surgical procedures include all minor and major cases with a vast range that includes head and neck surgery, hernia surgery, colorectal surgery and a list of other procedures.

Operation theaters are maintained in line with the JCI accreditation standards of infection control and patient safety.

Treatable Conditions

  • Anal Fissures, Hemorrhoids, Fistulae
  • Gastro-Intestinal tract disorders
  • Thyroid, other neck and face swellings
  • Breast lumps and cancer
  • Cysts, lipomas, in-growing toe nail

Treatable Conditions

  • Injuries and lacerations repair, trauma- blunt and penetrating abdominal or thoracic injuries
  • Hernia
  • Gall bladder and appendix
  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Varicose veins

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Our Surgical Specialists

Dr. Aws Khidir Jassim

Consultant General Surgeon

MBChB, CABMS (Arab Board of General Surgery)

Dr. James Zachariah Pulimuttil

Specialist General Surgeon- (Bariatric, Metabolic & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery)

MS FACS, FICS, FMAS, FIAS, Fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Murtaza Pithawala

Specialist General Surgeon - Advanced Laparoscopy and Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery


Dr. Uday Shankar

Specialist General Surgeon - Advanced Laparoscopy and Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery

MBBS, DNB (Surgery), Diploma in Laparoscopy Surgery (France). Fellowship in Metabolic & Bariatric surgery

Dr. Dhanashri Samadhan Patil


MBBS, MS (General Surgery), DNB (General Surgery), FMAS, ATLS Fellowship in Minimal Access surgery (MUHS)

Dr. Fadi Alnehlaoui

Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon


Dr. Jagpreet Singh Deed

Specialist General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

MRCS(UK),MBBS, MS, DNB (General Surgery),UICC Fellow Surgical Oncology Fellow Robotic and Laparoscopic Oncosurgery MNAMS, PGDip HFWM, Psyg (USA)

Dr. Nazim Alrifai

Specialist General and Bariatric Surgeon


Dr. Parag M. Rane

General Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgeon

M.S, F.M.A.S, F.I.C.S.

Dr. Priya Devadas

Specialist General Surgery

MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MBA (Hospital Administration)

Dr. Sajad Ali Mohammad

Specialist General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

MS, MRCS (UK), Diploma Laparoscopic surgery (France, IRCAD)

Dr. Tagore Mohan Grandhi

Specialist General & Bariatric Surgeon

MS, FRCS (UK), Dip. in Laparoscopic Surgery (France), Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery (USA) Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (USA)

Dr. Sheela Prince

Specialist General, Laparoscopic, Robotic, Acute care Trauma and Breast surgeon


Dr. Nafad Mohamed Lotfy Elhadidi

Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery and Vascular Surgery

MBBch, MSc, Medical doctorate in surgery

Dr. Anwar Kamel Bahat Mohamed Oraby

Consultant General Surgery

M.B.B.CH, Master Degree in General Surgery, MD in General Surgery

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

presenting the Dubai Quality Award to

Dr. Zulekha Daud,

Founder and Chairperson

Ms. Zanubia Shams,

Co-chairperson of Zulekha Healthcare Group.

Zulekha Hospitals is proud to receive

the Patient Satisfaction Award

Recognition is for companies receiving
an excellent satisfaction rating.

Zulekha Hospital honored with Dubai Chamber CSR Label 2016

The prestigious Dubai Chamber CSR Label was presented to Dr. Zulekha Daud, Founder and Chairperson, Zulekha Healthcare Group for the fourth consecutive year recognizing our commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

The European Accreditation Council for
Bariatric Surgery, has awarded:

Zulekha Hospital

With the Centre of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery accreditation.

Our Hospitals

Zulekha Hospital Dubai

Zulekha Hospital Dubai, covering an area of 350,000 square feet, is a 79 bed hospital established in 2004 which offers both inpatient and outpatient care covering a wide range of medical and surgical specialties. Following the completion of the Zulekha Hospital Dubai expansion, the hospital will have an additional 60 inpatient beds, operation theatre arrangements, emergency services and labor rooms, taking its total capacity to 179 beds in 2018.

204 Rd, Al Qusais Industrial Area, Dubai, U.A.E.

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Zulekha Hospital Sharjah

Zulekha Hospital Sharjah is a full-fledged, multi-disciplinary hospital with Out-patient and In-patient facilities. What started off as a 30 bed set up with basic facilities for gynecology, obstetrics, surgery, medicine and pediatrics in 1992, today boasts of 185 beds, sprawled over an area of 290,000 square ft.

Al Zahra Street, Sharjah, U.A.E.

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