Consider Minimally Invasive Gastric Plication

You’ve struggled to lose weight, but diet and exercise just aren’t getting the job done. So it’s time to consider bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, but the thought of permanently altering your gastrointestinal system just doesn’t appeal to you. 

Luckily, we have a minimally invasive solution called a gastric plication.

Our team of bariatric specialists here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona prides itself on offering our clients a wide range of options that suits every goal and every comfort level.

Here, we take a closer look at how gastric plication delivers weight-loss results without irreversibly changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract.

Gastric plication basics

There are several ways that we can help you lose weight through surgery, and one of the more effective is to reduce the size of your stomach, which limits how much you can eat. Traditionally, this technique involved removing a large portion of your stomach, which is called a gastric sleeve procedure.

While effective, you may not be keen on the idea of such an irreversible step, which is where gastric plication comes in. This relatively new approach to weight loss allows us to reduce the size of your stomach by folding your stomach lining inside itself, reducing its size by up to 75%.

Since we’re not removing a portion of your stomach, we can go back in and reverse the procedure, restoring your stomach to its full size again.

A minimally invasive approach

Another advantage of the gastric plication is that we use laparoscopic techniques to perform the work. What this means is that we only make small incisions around your abdomen, through which we thread a specialized camera and tools that allow us to execute the procedure without resorting to open surgery.

Thanks to our use of minimally invasive techniques, your risks are reduced, as well as your recovery time.

Most of our patients spend one or two nights in our hospital, East Valley Surgical Center. We also recommend that you take a week off to recover once you get home.

No adjustments or implants

For those who don’t like the idea of surgically changing their gastrointestinal systems, we offer alternatives, such as the Obalon Balloon System or Lap-Band®

In the first, we implant balloons in your stomach to reduce its size, and in the second, we place a band around your stomach to accomplish the same objective.

Here again, these techniques are effective, but they require adjustments and you might not like the idea of introducing foreign components into your body.

With gastric plication, we only need to perform the initial procedure (folding your stomach) and another procedure at the end should you wish to restore the original size of your stomach.

If you want to learn more about whether a gastric plication is right for you, contact one of our locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, to set up a consultation.

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