• 17 AUG 16


    Obesity is a more and more extended healthcare problem so, how can we determine when somebody suffers from obesity or is simply overweighed ?
    There are multiple types of obesity, not just one type. The word “obesity “is used to define different types of the same pathology though not all of them entail the very same risks for patients.

    Obesity can be classified as moderate, severe or morbid.
    To determine which type of obesity we are talking about, experts calculate what we call the Body Mass Index (BMI).
    This result is based on a quite simple formula: body mass in kilograms is divided by the square of the body height in meters.
    When resulting values range from 20 to 25, body weight is considered to be normal.

    1- Overweight
    Values ranging 25 to 30 determine what is know as overweight. These extra kilos do start to affect patients ‘health though their health is not at risk.

    2- Moderate obesity
    When BMI ranges between 30 to 35 obesity is very clearly a problem and the risks derived from the pathology are quite high (hypertension, diabetes, cancer…)

    3- Severe obesity
    When BMI is over 35 and below 40, overweight is then classified as severe obesity.
    In these cases, the risk to develop severe pathologies is so high that the first important thing to do is to start losing weight.
    With a BMI superior to 35 patients can enroll for a bariatric surgery.

    4- Morbid and massive obesity
    When BMI is over 40, obesity is classified as morbid obesity.
    Some specialists add another grade to this scale with the so-called massive obesity, reached with a BMI superior to 50.

    Obesity, a fat distribution problem
    Apart from body mass index, experts divide patients into two different categories based on body fat distribution:

    1- Android obesity
    In this particular case, body fat excess is primarily located in the upper part of the body.
    This type is said to entail more severe risks since it is related to problems like hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular pathologies.
    This is why some specialists choose to use this “classification” better than the BMI.

    2- Gynoid obesity
    This is when fat excess is localized in the lower part of the body. This type is said to be less dangerous for patients ‘health and to entail disorders in the joint areas or venous insufficiency.
    It is, however, more difficult to treat than the android obesity type.

    To face these obesity problems and when controlled diets are failing to prove efficient, bariatric surgery is often a good option.

    At Vithas Xanit, our highly specialized and experienced multidisciplinary teams provides all kinds of obesity treatments helped by an expert team of surgeons trained to carry out these different Bariatric Surgery techniques. This surgical team works hand in hand with the Endocrinology and Nutrition Units to provide a close follow up of patients and ensure the best results and provide maximum guarantee levels to all our patients.

Dr. Radua Kamal Salah

Thank you for the kindness, good humour that you have shown as well as the wonderful food. This certainly helps to make a sick person feel better and have a speedy recovery.


Medical Specialities

  • Hair Transplantation Unit

    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.