Gastric Plication is a relatively new weight loss surgery that decreases the size of the stomach without removing sections of the stomach or implanting devices. Gastric Plication decreases the volume of the stomach by folding the stomach inward. The stomach volume is reduced from about 50 ounces to 4-8 ounces. This is similar to the gastric sleeve operation, without cutting, stapling, or removing any of the stomach. Gastric Plication may also cause a decrease in appetite.
Gastric Plication is considered minimally invasive, and the procedure is typically completed in under two hours. Patients of Gastric Plication can expect to remain in the hospital for a day or so after the procedure. Because it’s still considered experimental, insurance companies are not currently covering Gastric Plication procedures.
Even though Gastric Plication is becoming a popular topic here in the United States, there are very few surgeons who are performing the surgery. In our series of Gastric Plication procedures the results are promising. For now, our practice is offering Gastric Plication at the International Center of Excellence in Mexico. Because insurance does not cover the cost of the operation, this provides the least cost for our patients – and the institution where the most have been done in North America.
Advantages of Gastric Plication over the Lap-Band
My patients know I am a huge fan of the Lap-Band, though both Lap-Band and Gastric Plication have pros and cons. The advantage of Gastric Plication over the Lap-Band:
- No implantable device
- No adjustments needed
- Works as a highly restrictive component which some people want
- Not adjustable – although people have had re-imbrications performed
- There are some people who like “feeling full” even though that is not how the band works best.