The latest innovation in restrictive weight loss surgery is the gastric plication (or gastric pleat), which offers weight loss surgery patients significant benefits including:
- A less invasive bariatric procedure, plication is an ambulatory procedure with no surgical drains.
- No loss of stomach tissue, thus preserving nutrient absorption capability.
- No devices - no staples, no bands, no fills.
- Reduced risk of early or late complications.
- No complication from leaks or bleeding at the staple line.
- Does not impair patient dietary habits.
To begin the procedure the surgeon will make a small incision into the abdomen where he/she then inserts a camera laparoscopically. The stomach is reduced by folding it in on itself and stitching the stomach wall so it is reduced to the size of the narrow tube. There is no cutting, stapling, or removing any portion of the stomach; it is imbricated on itself so that the overall volume is reduced. With the gastric plication surgery there is less risk for any leaks to occur because there is no staple line. Patients usually feel sick and nauseated during the first few days after their procedure as they try to get used to their smaller stomach capacity.
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Candidate Eligibility and Recommendations
Gastric plication is recommended to individuals who want a less invasive procedure with no loss of stomach tissue or a weight loss surgery with no staples, bands, or fills.
Generally, candidates include those with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or people with BMIs between 35 and 39 if they have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.