Gastric Plication

Gastric plication, also called Laparoscopic Gastric Greater Curvature Plication or Gastric Imbrication, is a restrictive procedure to reduce the size of stomach by folding it and stitching the folds in place.

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Hospitalization

Yes

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Length of stay

2 to 3 Days

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Anesthesia

General

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Length of procedure

1 to 2 Hours

What is gastric plication surgery?

Nowadays the rate of obesity and its problems and illnesses is increasing, so the issue of weight loss has become more and more important. Although the best way to lose weight is to have a proper diet and exercise, sometimes the obesity problem is very serious, which is not easily resolvable, and other methods, such as surgery can be considered. Gastric plication is a relatively new, minimally invasive method for treating patients with obesity. It reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately three ounces. Follow the good results and confirmation of reliable centers such as Cleavland, it was introduced as a bariatric surgery for complicated obese patients among patients and surgeons. In this surgery, there is no implanted device unlike gastric band, no removal or bypassing so this surgery is less invasive and also reversible. It is cheaper than other bariatric surgeries.

• The patients whom BMI is above 30 • Patients older than 18 years old • Patients must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle

It is necessary for patient to feel free to ask all kinds of questions about the surgery process and the results. They should tell the doctor their medical history and allergies, also medicines and supplements intake. The surgeon may ask to stop some medicines such as blood thinning and painkillers like ibuprofen some weeks prior to the surgery. They should do some lab tests and physical exams. If patient is a smoker, it is essential to stop it 4 to 6 weeks prior to the surgery and it is recommended to start a diet to reduce 5 to 10% of excess weight before surgery, because it helps to lose weight faster after surgery.

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Discomfort
Mild to Moderate (controlled with prescriptions)
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Duration of results
The results are long lasting but it is reversible (depends on life style modification)
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Potential risks
Soreness, swelling or pain, nausea
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Scars
Probable scars

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