Laparoscopic Gastric Plication
Laparoscopic Gastric Plication is a restrictive procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and limits food intake. This procedure is also referred to as Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP).Gastric Plication is a restrictive procedure. It greatly reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. It does not cause decreased absorption of nutrients or bypass your intestines. After eating a small amount of food, you will feel full very quickly and continue to feel full for several hours. Gastric Plication may also cause a decrease in appetite.
Laparoscopic Gastric Plication, involves sewing one or more large folds in your stomach. During the Laparoscopic Gastric Plication the stomach volume is reduced about 70% which makes the stomach able to hold less and may help you eat less. There is no cutting, stapling, or removal of the stomach or intestines during the Gastric Plicaiton. The Gastric Plication may potentially be reversed or converted to another procedure if needed. The procedure is minimally invasive and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. Most patients stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after the procedure.
|Gastric Plication: Reducing stomach volume by folding in the stomach wall
||Stiches are placed in the stomach to secure the folded stomach wall
The Laparoscopic Gastric Plication procedure is relatively new, and considered investigational as a primary procedure for weight loss. The Gastric Plication is being offered as part of a clinical trial that will better define short and long-term benefits of the procedure. Currently, insurance companies do not cover the Gastric Plication Procedure. Therefore, patients are required to self-pay for the procedure. A financial coordinator is available to discuss payment options with you.
The Gastric Plication is for those who have a BMI over 30 with one or more significant co-morbid medical conditions Depending on their pre-operative weight, patients can expect to lose between 40% to 70% of their excess body weight in the first year after surgery. Many obesity-related comorbidities improve or resolve after bariatric surgery. Diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and abnormal cholesterol levels are improved in more than 75% of patients undergoing a bariatric procedure. Though long-term studies are not yet available, the weight loss that occurs after Gastric Plication results in significant improvement in these medical conditions in the first year after surgery.