Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi

   NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah , Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  20 Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi is a reputed laparoscopic and onco-surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is currently working at the Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates as well as NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi. Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi obtained Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Baghdad, Iraq. He specialises in colorectal diseases such as cancers & rectum prolapse, Lap Sleeve operations, Proctology, Hiatus Hernia and all other kinds of Hernia. Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi has over the years worked with several international hospitals in Europe and the Middle East namely Chief of General and Digestive Surgery, Surgery Centre, Germany and Head of Coloproctology, Ludmillenstit Hospital, Germany.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr Ali AL Ghrebawi has completed many international courses including Colorectal Cancer Course from Cleveland Clinic - USA, European digestive surgery course, Master Class Proctology – France and European Colorectal Oncology to name a few. He is also a part of many international associations including International Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, European Society of Surgery, German Society of General Surgery, German Society of Digestive Surgery, German Society of MIC to name a few. He also has many publications in international and national journals.

Conditons treated by Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi

Listed below are some of the conditions that General Laparoscopic Surgeon Ali Al Ghrebawi treats::

  • Pancreatic or Duodenal Trauma
  • Crohn's Disease Or Severe Diverticulitis
  • Inguinal Hernia (in Groin)
  • Colon Cancer and Bowel Diseases
  • Cholecystitis (Inflammation of the Gall Bladder)
  • Pancreatic Head Cancer
  • Gallstones that are Causing Pain and Infection
  • Colorectal or Colon Cancer
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Complicated Acute Appendicitis

Laparoscopic surgery is the best treatment option for many digestive problems even when these could be treated successfully with or medications or lifestyle changes. The General Laparoscopic Surgeon performs minimally invasive surgery to treat various digestive conditions. Laparoscopic surgery is preferred for the treatment of diseases like diverticulitis, gall bladder stones, and ulcerative colitis.

Signs and Symptoms treated by Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi

In case your body shows any of the below-given symptoms, consult a General Laparoscopic Surgeon who will help diagnose the underlying conditions:

  • Pain that worsens if you cough, walk or make other jarring movements
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Back pain between your shoulder blades
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever that may worsen as the illness progresses
  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in your abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea or vomiting

Abdominal problems may show other symptoms, which depend on the underlying disease or condition. Stomach problems are mostly related to the digestive system, but might also be linked to other body systems.

Operating Hours of Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi

You can consult Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi from 11 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday). The doctor is not available on Sunday.

Popular Procedures performed by Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi

Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi is a renowned General Laparoscopic Surgeon who performs a number of popular procedures mentioned below:

  • Appendectomy
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Whipples Procedure
  • Colorectal Cancer ( Colon Cancer ) Treatment
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common laparoscopic procedures performed to remove the gallbladder. It is done using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. This approach allows the removal of the gallbladder without much pain and discomfort. During laparoscopic gallbladder removal, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope through a small incision. The laparoscope provides a clear view of the internal organs.

Past Experience

  • Chief of General and Digestive Surgery, Surgery Center, Germany
  • Head of Coloproctology, Ludmillenstit Hospital, Germany


  • Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery - University of Baghdad, Iraq
  • European Society of Surgery
  • Germanian Society of General Surgery
  • Germanian Society of Digestive Surgery
  • Germanian Society of MIC
  • Germanian Society of Coloproctology

Appendectomy is a surgical procedure in which the inflamed appendix causing abdominal pain is removed. An appendix is a pouch-like structure attached to the large intestine and is located on the lower right side of the abdomen.

An appendectomy can be done laparoscopically as well as an open procedure. Complications may arise if an appendix has burst due to inflammation, which may increase the recovery time as a drain is put in the incision for a few days after the surgery.

Colorectal Cancer ( Colon Cancer ) Treatment
  • Overconsumption of animal protein, saturated fats, and calories
  • Low dietary fibre intake
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Excessive smoking
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. It can metastasize and spread to other body parts. Colorectal cancer is dangerous and can be life-threatening. But death rate from colorectal cancer has dropped in the recent years, thanks to advance screening techniques and better colorectal treatment options.

What is colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer is also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer begins as an abnormal growth of cells in the inner lining of the colon or rectum. This abnormal growth is called a polyp.

Some types of polyps can change into cancer over the course of several years. But it does not mean that all polyps have the tendency to become cancerous. The chance of changing a polyp into colorectal cancer depends on the type of polyp that grows. 

Colorectal cancer can affect men and women equally. However, studies have proven that men might develop it at a younger age.

What causes colon cancer?

There is no definite cause of colorectal cancer, but old age and certain lifestyle factors can increase colorectal cancer risk. Some of these colorectal cancer risk factors include the following:

Types of Colorectal Cancer

A majority of colorectal cancers are adenocarcinoma. If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, there are 95 percent chances that it is an adenocarcinoma. But there are some other types of colorectal cancer such as carcinoid, gastrointestinal stromal, lymphomas, and sarcomas.

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

There are no early signs of colorectal cancer, but once it grows, the patients may experience the following colon cancer symptoms:

  • Fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath
  • Change in bowel habits, including diarrhoea or constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Abdominal discomforts such as cramps, bolting or pain
  • Dramatic weight loss

The last part of the gastrointestinal system is referred as the colon and it is 5-6 cm long. It is ‘U’ shaped and it starts from the distal part of the small intestine and is connected to the rectum and anus. It absorbs the fluids, processes the metabolic waste products, and eliminates through the rectum and anus. The removal of the colon is called colectomy.

There are different types of colectomies such as complete colectomy,  right hemicolectomy, left hemicolectomy, sigmoid colectomy, and proctocolectomy. The surgical removal of the left side of the colon (descending colon) is called left hemicolectomy surgery. The surgical removal of the cecum, ascending colon, and the hepatic flexure (right side of the colon) is called as the right hemicolectomy surgery.

Some of the conditions that require complete colectomy or hemicolectomy surgery include the following:

  • Colon cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Blockage of the colon
  • Precancerous polyps
  • Hereditary polyps
  • Benign tumours
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Bowel twisting and obstruction
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Appendicitis with inflammation of the cecum
  • Right-side colonic diverticular disease (diverticulosis)

A hemicolectomy procedure can be performed as a laparoscopic or open surgery. The type of the surgery to be performed is decided by the surgeon during the evaluation and the decision depends on the age and the condition of the patient.

Sometimes the laparoscopic procedure can also be turned into open surgery, depending on the feasibility of the procedure with respect to safety and accuracy. Overall, the following parameters decide whether a laparoscopic or an open surgical procedure will be performed:

  • Age
  • Diagnosis
  • Medical history
  • Personal preference
Inguinal Hernia Repair

Inguinal hernia is a condition that occurs when intestinal tissues or fatty tissues push through the weaker section of the abdominal wall, through the inguinal canals. The inguinal canals are situated both sides of the anterior abdominal wall, on either side of the midline. Located just above the inguinal ligaments, the inguinal canal is larger as well as more prominent among the men compared to women. It serves an important purpose, as it is associated in the conveyance of the spermatic chords in male as well as the uterine ligament (round) in the females. When a part of the abdominal wall gets weak, the tissues in the region protrude through the abdominal wall into the canal, causing extreme pain and discomfort. This can be felt as a lump in the lower abdominal area in most people, however, may also get unnoticed in candidates dealing with obesity. In such cases, inguinal hernia repair becomes the need of the hour, which can be achieved by surgical operations.

Inguinal hernia can be very painful and may interfere with daily activities to a great extent. Though medications like painkillers may help to cope up with the pain, the best treatment to cure hernia is through surgical procedures. Inguinal hernia repair can be done via surgical methods as the opening can not be sealed with medications and therapies, and needs to be thoroughly sealed. Thus, the candidate is suggested and requested to prepare for surgery. However, pre-surgery, through evaluation of the candidate is done in order to diagnose any kind of chronic or terminal disease which shall complicates the surgery further. Inguinal hernia repair is essential as if the protruding tissues are not retracted, it will keep forcing the opening in the abdominal and worsening the condition.

Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal

Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is a minimally invasive surgery in which small incisions and specialized tools are used to remove a diseased or inflamed gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ located in the right upper abdomen below the liver. It helps in the storage of bile which is used to breakdown food during digestion. Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is a minimally invasive surgery in which small incisions and specialized tools are used to remove a diseased or inflamed gallbladder. The main reason for having a gallbladder removed is the presence of gallstones and the complications it might cause. Other reason for the surgery might include biliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis, pancreatitis. It is called as laparoscopic cholecystectomy and it carries only a small risk of complications.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Whipple's Procedure

Among all the forms of common cancers, it has been found that pancreatic cancer has the poorest prognoses. This reason can be attributed to the cancer growing and spreading long before it starts showing any visible symptoms. A survey revealed that only 6 percent patients survive for more than five years after its diagnosis. For some patients, a very complicated surgery known as the Whipple's procedure will be able to extend life and can be counted as a potential cure. After undergoing Whipple's surgery the five-year rate of survival can be increased to 25 percent.

People who are suffering from pancreatic cancer are eligible for the Whipple’s operation. People who have tumors confined to the pancreatic head and the blood vessels, lungs, and livers or the abdominal cavities are still not affected and are recommended to undergo this procedure after intensive testing and evaluation.

People with benign tumors are also recommended to undergo the procedure. For patients who are suffering metastasis, this procedure is not recommended. Cancer in the ampulla, region where the pancreatic duct and bile duct enter, can also be treated.

Whipple's Operation

Whipple's operation is conducted in the head of the pancreas. During the surgery, a segment of the duodenum, bile duct, and the gallbladder is removed. In some cases, a portion of the stomach may also be removed. After these segments are removed, the remaining pancreas, bile duct, and even portion of the intestine will be sutured back to the main intestine to direct the secretion of the gastrointestinal segment into the gut. The Whipple& procedure for pancreatic cancer is long and has several complications associated with it.

A doctor may recommend you to undergo Whipple operation for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Pancreatic cysts, tumors, and cancer
  • Ampullary cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Cancer of the bile duct
  • Small bowel cancer
  • Traumatic injury to the small intestine or the pancreas
  • Tumor of disorders of the bile ducts, pancreas, or duodenum

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Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi have being a general laparoscopic surgeon in the United Arab Emirates?

Dr Ali Al Ghrbawi has over 20 years of experience as a surgeon.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi as a laparoscopic surgeon?

He specialises in colorectal diseases such as cancers & rectum prolapse, Lap Sleeve operations, Proctology, Hiatus Hernia and all other kinds of Hernia.

Does Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr Ghrebawi provides online consultation through MediGence.

How much does it cost to consult online with Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi?

It costs 160 USD for online consultation with Dr Ghrebawi.

What associations is Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi part of?

Dr Ali is a part of many organisations such as International Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, European Society of Surgery, German Society of General Surgery, German Society of Digestive Surgery and the German Society of MIC.

When do you need to see a laparoscopic surgeon such as Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi?

Laparoscopic surgeons are trained professionals who perform various minimally invasive surgeries such as gall bladder removal etc. Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi performs many cancer surgeries as well.

How to connect with Dr Ali Al Ghrebawi for Online Consultation through MediGence?

He can be easily consulted by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.

What area of specialization does Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi have?
Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi is specialized in United Arab Emirates and of the most sought after doctors in General Surgeon.
Does Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi have?
Dr. Ali Al Ghrebawi is one of the most sought after specialists in United Arab Emirates and has over 20 Years years of experience.
FAQ's Related to General Laparoscopic Surgeon
What does a General Laparoscopic Surgeon do?

A General Laparoscopic Surgeon is a doctor who is trained in laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery/keyhole surgery, The surgeon evaluates the condition of the patient completely so that the actual condition can be identified and a treatment plan can be designed. A general surgeon has knowledge of the entire surgical process, from the evaluation to preparation, procedures, and post-operative care. The surgeon understands all the basic areas of surgery, including the abdomen and its content, surgical treatment of cancer. The surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive techniques.

What are the tests required before and during the consultation by a General Laparoscopic Surgeon?

A General Laparoscopic Surgeon performs the below-given tests to diagnose underlying conditions:

  • Skrotal Doppler
  • Physical Exam
  • Ingunial Ultrasound
  • Urine Tests
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • CT scan Abdomen
  • Blood Tests

If a person shows symptoms related to the abdomen and pelvis, different tests are done to identify the cause of the condition. The doctor will perform some tests to detect the condition and plan the treatment as per the test report.

When should you go to see a general laparoscopic surgeon?

Patients see a general surgeon in a variety of circumstances. If your doctor thinks that non-surgical treatments will not be enough, they may refer to a general laparoscopic surgeon. In the below-listed situations, you must seek assistance from a General Laparoscopic Surgeon:

  1. Reduced appetite and weight loss
  2. Persistent change in your bowel habits
  3. Nausea and vomiting.
  4. Fever.
  5. Abdominal tenderness
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Abdominal pain and cramping.
  8. Blood in your stool.
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