Gastric Plication Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Experts practices the new weight loss surgery: Gastric Sleeve Plication. The following guide will help patients learn more about this newer surgery, and if you have any more questions please contact our helpful staff.

How Gastric Sleeve Plication Works

Gastric Sleeve Plication, or Gastric Plication, is a new weight loss surgery that is very similar to gastric sleeve surgery. Both use the restrictive technique to facilitate weight loss surgery.

This technique uses non-dissolvable sutures to fold the stomach into itself therefore it  reduces the stomach’s capacity.  By forcing the stomach into itself, patients will fuller faster.

This technique is different from gastric sleeve surgery, in two ways. First, gastric sleeve surgery restricts the hunger hormone ghrelin. This reduction causes patients to eat less. This is one of the reasons why gastric plication typically produces less expected weight loss.

Second, gastric sleeve surgery is a non-reversible surgery, whereas gastric plication gives patients the option to undo the surgery.

Undergo Gastric Sleeve Plication in Mexico

Undergoing gastric plication in Mexico is a great destination for patients who are budget-conscious. WeightLossSurgeryExperts has very-experienced weight loss surgeon who has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries.

If you decide to undergo weight loss surgery in Mexico our financing options can fit anybody’s budget. Our low cost procedures can cure obesity in a wide-range of patients.

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How are they Performed?

The gastric plication procedure is done laparoscopically with a small video camera inserted into the abdomen, known as a laparoscope. This makes it a minimally invasive procedure and cuts down on the recovery time considerably. The procedure requires 5-6 incisions in the abdomen, which allow the surgeon to insert the camera and the tools needed for the procedure. The plication procedure uses a sewing and folding technique. The surgeon will sew 1-3 folds in the stomach to reduce the size of the stomach by about 70 percent. It makes it so the stomach holds significantly less, lowering how much you eat by filling you up quickly and reducing your appetite. No stapling or cutting is done to the stomach for this procedure, and it has the potential to be reversed. If needed, it can also be converted to another type of weight loss procedure, such as a gastric bypass or banding procedure. The entire process takes about 1-2 hours.

Recovery & Aftercare

Patients should expect to be in the hospital for about two days after the procedure. Your surgeon and staff of nurses will make sure you are healing nicely before releasing you from the hospital. The biggest challenge for the recovery period is adjusting to your new eating habits. Immediately after the procedure, you will be put on a liquid diet for at least two weeks. During this time, you can drink milk, fruit juice, water and sherbet. You will gradually start adding in more foods, starting with pureed and soft foods after the liquid diet. The first foods allowed after 2-3 weeks are soup with minimal vegetables, yogurt and pudding. After this, you will slowly move your way up to solid foods. You need time to recover and adjust to the new size of your stomach.

Once you get to the solid food stage, which is 4-6 weeks after surgery, you will only be able to eat small amounts of food at a time. If you are used to three large meals a day, start getting used to 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day. Each meal is about four spoonfuls of chewed food. It takes a while to get used to the smaller amount and recognizing the signs of being full. Make sure to chew slowly and take time during your meals, allowing your body to show signs of fullness. If you eat too much, your body rejects the food and you will be vomiting.

Risks of Gastric Sleeve Plication

The risks associated with the gastric plication procedure are very similar to other types of laparoscopic procedures. They include a risk of bleeding, infection, blood clots and potential injury to other organs during the procedure. If you have more serious complications, it may need to be reversed or converted to another type of procedure. This is extremely rare, however. There is a very rare risk of leaking from the suture line. After the surgery, keep an eye out for red flags that might signal complications. This includes redness or warmth around the incision site, which might mean an infection, severe abdominal pain, dizziness or excessive vomiting. If you have these or other worrisome side effects, consult your doctor right away.

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