Healthcare Belgium




Obesity Centre

Information about the Centre

In 2005, CHIREC opened the Cavell Obesity Centre (COC) offering treatment for morbid obesity.

Obesity surgery can cure (or at least curb) obesity and obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, arterial hypertension, sleep apnoea and dislipidemia and as such enhances the quality of life of sufferers and can boost their self-image.

Surgery is just one part of a general approach involving a selected team specialising in nutrition, psychology, internal medicine, gastroenterology and endocrinology. Such an integrated structure guarantees medical, paramedical and administrative continuity throughout the patient's treatment and follow-up.

At CHIREC, obesity surgery is performed by a team of five surgeons led by Dr J. Himpens, an internationally respected bariatric surgeon who has performed over 7,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures.

The obesity centre treats some 200 new patients every year. Many come from abroad (the Netherlands, the UK and the USA) and are pleased with the multilingual and personal care provided by our staff.

Our results meet international quality standards and the Cavell Obesity Centre has been nominated for recognition by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) as a Centre of Excellence.

Procedures available at the COC

(all performed laparoscopically to cut recovery time)

  • BPD (Scopinaro procedure)
  • REDO Procedures
  • Endoscopic Procedures 

The Medical Team

Jacques Himpens, MD, Head of the Obesity Centre:
Dr Himpens is the President of the Benelux Association of Bariatric Surgeons(BABS) and sits on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Obesity Surgery, the British Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Surgical Endoscopy.
He currently performs laparoscopic obesity surgery in several well known hospitals worldwide.

  • Has performed over 2,000 adjustable gastric band procedures.
  • Has performed laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy since 2001: over 700
    procedures performed, sometimes as the first stage of a duodenal switch.
  • Has performed laparoscopic Roux-and-Y gastric bypass routinely since 1999: over 1,250 procedures performed.
  • Has performed laparoscopic duodenal switch procedures since 2001: over 400 procedures performed.
  • Has performed repeat surgery laparoscopically following unsuccessful
    LAP-BAND and Mason VBG procedures, as well as other operations
    traditionally performed under open surgery: over 500 procedures since
    2003. Read more about Dr Himpens 

Guy Bernard Cadière, MD, PhD:
Member of Editorial board of Journal « Surgical Endoscopy » Member of Editorial board of Journal « Obesity Surgery » Member of the faculty of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Performed the world's first Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery (1992) and the world's first Robotic laparoscopic Surgery (1997) with Dr. Himpens.

Read more about Dr Cadière

Contact Details

32, rue E. Cavell
B-1180 Brussels (Uccle), Belgium