Mr. Tariq Ismail operates on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies

On Friday 26th February Birmingham Bowel Clinic Surgeon, Mr. Tariq Ismail, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon was featured on the popular Channel 4 documentary Embarrassing Bodies. Mr. Tariq Ismail was filmed operating on a patient, Mr. Adrian Hill, who was referred by the Embarrassing Bodies program GP- Dr Christian, as he was suffering from severe piles, also known as Haemorrhoids.

The Embarrassing Bodies documentary shows Mr. Tariq Ismail performing a revolutionary new procedure on the patient called Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation (HALO). The operation, which took just twenty minutes to perform and took place at BMI The Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham, is designed to eradicate piles without the need for cutting and in some cases without a general anaesthetic.

The operation uses a miniature ultrasound device to locate the blood vessels supplying the haemorrhoids. The aim of the operation performed by Mr. Tariq Ismail is to cut off the blood supply to the haemorrhoids. This is achieved by placing a stitch around each blood vessel. Over the following few days the piles shrink away and the symptoms resolve.

After just two hours there was already a visible improvement and a few weeks later, Embarrassing Bodies viewers watched Mr. Hill being reviewed by Dr Christian and how his had vanished altogether.

To watch a video clip of the procedure being undertaken on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies click here.

 To watch previous episodes of Mr. Tariq Ismail featuring on Embarrassing Bodies, as well as the BBC Documentary "Don't Die Young" and other footage, please visit the Birmingham Bowel Clinic's own You Tube channel click here, or click on the video below:


26 February 2010

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