Saint James Hospital, Sliema, forms part of the Saint James Hospital Group, Malta’s leading provider in the private healthcare sector. It is the larger of the Group’s two hospitals, is located in a quiet suburb of the Island’s main retail and commercial district and is just a five minute walk away from the seafront.
The Group is known for its medical expertise, professionalism, continuous investment and innovation and as such this 80-bedded hospital offers state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by fully-qualified doctors and nurses, fluent in English, Maltese and Italian, amongst other languages.
The services offered are comprehensive and range from simple blood tests and diagnostic scans to a full complement of elective, cosmetic, orthopaedic, and cardiac surgery. Specialised services include obesity surgery, fertility treatment, dedicated eye services and dental services.
The hospital offers a luxurious atmosphere that provides a warm welcome to its clients and follows the highest standards of personal care and service. Former patients have compared their stay at Saint James Hospital, to residing in a hotel with special care and medical assistance as a special bonus.
Despite its small size, the medical services offered by Maltese healthcare providers are of the highest quality. Early on in history the island came to be known as the nurse of the Mediterranean and this attests to the advanced level of healthcare services practiced. In 2007 Malta was ranked by the World Health Organisation among the top 10 healthcare providers in the world. Malta’s location and its mild Mediterranean climate make it an excellent convalescence destination. Communicating in Malta is also not a problem as the vast majority of inhabitants understands and speaks the English language.
Saint James Hospital boasts:
10 modern, high-tech operating theatres with advanced anaesthesia equipment
Internationally trained and experienced medical professionals. All Saint James surgeons have specialised and worked in leading universities and teaching hospitals in England, Scotland, Ireland, the U.S.A among other countries.
All private rooms are located within comfortable and spacious wards, supervised 24hrs
The rooms are single-bedded enjoying en-suite bathrooms/showers and are provided with cable TV, telephone, air-conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, and a nurse call system maintaining immediate contact with the nursing staff. Wireless internet network for laptop computers is also available.
Overnight facilities for a relative/carer can be provided.
The backing of a vast range of specialisations practiced that can offer support in their area of expertise should this be required.
Obesity surgery in Malta: the Gastric Balloon
A gastric balloon procedure is simple and easy to fit in as surgery abroad. It is virtually risk free and is mostly performed as a day operation. You can return to your normal routine or start your vacation abroad within hours of the procedure.
The Intra Gastric Balloon is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical aid used in the treatment of obesity or as part of a controlled weight loss programme. It may also be recommended in the months before vital surgery with the intention of reducing the risk of complications arising when operating on patients who are excessively obese.
The innovation introduced recently lies in the Intragastric Balloon’s improvements - its adjustability and its approved extended implantation period of up to 12 months. These new-generation advancements have resulted in greater weight loss, with an average reported loss of 16kg over 6 months and 35kg over 1 year. The Intragastric balloon is adjustable in size even inside the patient’s stomach where volume can be added to it after a few months thus producing a refreshing effect and facilitating additional weight loss. The balloon can also be easily deflated and removed, if required, at any time.
The balloon itself is a soft, expandable silicon balloon that is inserted into the stomach through the mouth using endoscopy. Once in place, it is filled with a sterile saline solution that inflates the balloon. It then floats freely in the stomach, filling some of the stomach cavity, thereby reducing its capacity.
The gastric balloon has a number of benefits:
You can feel fuller after eating regularly and normally
Your weight loss is more dramatic than if you were relying on dieting alone
You can experience dramatic weight loss within six months
Qualified and experienced obesity surgeons
Saint James Hospital has established and strengthened a local network of Surgeons. All our surgeons are fully qualified and certified and form part of the National Medical Council. Some of them are also recognised by the British Medical Council. Most of them have specialised and worked abroad and gained experience in their field through substantial number of years of practice.
Saint James Hospital can provide patients with a surgeon’s CV upon request as this can help choose their surgeon of preference.
Contact details for Obesity Surgery in Malta
St James Hospital
George Borg Olivier Street
Sliema SLM 1807
Tel: +356 2329 1000
Fax: +356 2133 0226
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