Dr. Murat Koc
BY ANAAM IKRAM
Living in Bahrain since 2012, Dr. Murat Koc has many accolades to his name. Heading the Department of Gynaecology and IVF at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, as well as being the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Minimal Invasive Gynaecology in Bahrain, Dr Murat is also serving as a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and a Consultant as a Gynaecological Oncologist.
Interested in the field of Gynaecology from the very beginning, Dr. Murat received his education and started his practice in Germany before moving to Bahrain and enhanced the level of gynaecological care in the country through his expertise and use of state-of-the-art equipment to insure patients receive the best care. Dr. Murat spoke to Perle Magazine about the facilities being provided in the Gynaecology department at the hospital and the importance of taking preventive measures for women’s cancer-related issues.
An expert in advanced laparoscopic surgeries, Dr. Murat’s specialities lie within the field gynaecology and all surgical procedures related. Handling cases of women’s cancers as well as performing minimal invasive surgeries, Dr. Murat has brought to Bahrain the international standards of expert gynaecological care making Bahrain Specialist Hospital the first in the region certified to carry out laparoscopic key-hole surgeries, as an accredited center from USA called “Center of Excellence for minimal invasive Gynaecology”. He is also the only certified doctor in the region to carry out robotic surgeries – only needed for highly sensitive and complicated and oncology cases. Through Dr. Murat’s extensive work, the hospital was awarded the Centre of Excellence from the American Advance Gynaecological Association in minimal invasive surgery. Having worked extensively in some of Germany’s leading hospitals, Dr. Murat says he has carried out somewhere around 2000 laparoscopic surgeries yearly, as well as worked on 400 breast cancer cases, and 350 surgeries on women’s cancer. His years of experience has also allowed him to carry out delicate procedures such as intraoperative radiation for breast and cervic cancer and high solution oncologic surgeries, which is a specialised surgery carried out for cervical cancer. Dr. Murat is also qualified to work in prenatal medicine where he deals with high-risk pregnancies, and provides excellent conditions here, some of which are only available here after Germany, to treat these cases.
He says the high number of women with breast cancer has always been there, but in the Gulf region women were dealing with these conditions around 14 years before the women in Europe. He adds that though there are some ideas as to why that is, his research on the topic is ongoing to find a justified explanation. In addition to his gynaecological work, Dr. Murat is also responsible for training doctors in gynaecological ultrasounds and breast ultrasounds, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries, to be able to provide advance diagnostics for each case. These screenings, he says, may not be able to prevent cancer, but can, however, lead to early detection and based on that they can formulate a treatment plan for patients. He says throughout his work, he has seen a high number of very common gynaecological conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian complex cists, all of which are taken care of through the advance laparoscopic surgeries. He adds that due to the rising number of patients from around the Gulf region and Europe, the hospital will be adding another department that will host four new expert doctors and consultants in the field to be able to treat many cases.
Dr. Murat places great importance on the fact that all of the procedures that will be carried out in the new department will be in the exact same manner as that in Europe to ensure less complications, fewer hospital-stay days, and a shortened recovery time.
His efforts to maintain the high standards has also resulted in Bahrain, among 150 centres worldwide that fall under the Advanced Gynaecological Association, having the lowest complication rates even though they are performing some very high-risk surgeries.
As a doctor, Dr. Murat understand the rapid pace at which medicine and medical technology is evolving and says it is necessary to move along the same pace in order to treat patients effectively. “10 years ago I would not have thought I would be doing the surgeries I am doing now”, he says and adds that with all of the improvements the medical field is seeing, it has become well equipped to carry out such procedures.
Dr. Murat says when a patient comes to visit him, he makes sure to have a detailed conversation with her about her condition and that she fully understands the issue at hand and how it will be treated. He ensures to let the patients know if there is a chance of any risk or complications to avoid any surprises, and that leaves the patients feeling satisfied and comfortable with his treatment methods. He says his job is easier if patients follow the recommended regular check-ups after a treatment, which are essential after any procedure.
In addition to the extensive work Dr. Murat carries out at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, he also provides medical courses in Europe as well as being a referent in medical conferences abroad. In order to grow in the field, he says, it is important to share knowledge with other experts to try and lower the rate of complications in high-severity surgeries. That, he says, will also improve the medical quality in the country.
Dr. Murat says that through the existing literature, it is apparent that though women’s cancers cannot be prevented, however, it is still vital to take necessary measures to lead a healthier life, which, in turn, can lower the rate of cancer in women. He recommends daily exercise and adds that research shows patients who exercise regularly show 50% less signs of cancer development or other conditions as opposed to those who do not. The second precautionary measure he suggests is regular screenings and follow-ups with the physicians, not just for gynaecology. This, he says, will allow doctors to be able to pick up any anomalies earlier and devise a treatment, and can help prevent cancer such as cervical cancer or develop a special management plan for breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer. “Not a lot of preventive methods are available, but early diagnostic methods are. And in order to lead a better life it is important to visit these options as well as leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, eating healthy, and getting rid of vices such smoking and alcohol.” Dr. Murat’s knowledge and expertise in the gynaecological field has contributed radically to elevated gynaecological treatment in Bahrain. His speciality in multiorgan, minimal invasive reconstructive surgery for endometriosis, fibroids and gynaecological cancers, such as breast cancer maintaining the highest standards with patient satisfaction.
For more information:
Bahrain Specialist Hospital, Juffair (00973) 17812000
Bahrain Specialist Hospital Clinic, West Riffa (00973) 13381339
Gynaecology Clinic: (00973) 17812188
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