Gastric Imbrication

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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

Gastric imbrication is a relatively recent development in weight loss surgery that’s minimally invasive and fully reversible. The specialist surgeons and their team at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona are highly experienced in performing gastric imbrication surgeries, and they offer full care before and after your procedure to help you achieve weight loss and maintain it. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the clinic today or book an appointment online.

Gastric Imbrication Q & A

What is gastric imbrication?

Gastric imbrication, also known as laparoscopic gastric greater curvature plication or gastric plication, is a minimally invasive form of weight loss surgery. It works by reducing the size of your stomach to a quarter of its standard size, meaning you eat less and find it easier to lose weight.

Your surgeon doesn’t permanently alter your stomach. Rather, it’s folded to reduce its capacity, so gastric imbrication is reversible. The procedure doesn’t require open surgery either, as your surgeon can complete the folding process using laparoscopic techniques.

What happens during a gastric imbrication operation?

You’ll be under a general anesthetic during your operation. Once you’re unconscious, your surgeon makes between five and seven small incisions in your abdomen, and the laparoscope passes through these incisions.

Your surgeon folds the stomach over and sews the folds in place, reducing your stomach’s capacity without permanently altering your digestive system. The entire process takes between 40 minutes and two hours, and you’ll stay in the hospital for a day or two afterward.

Will I lose weight straight away after gastric imbrication surgery?

As with any form of weight loss surgery, the results you get depend on how well you follow the healthy living plan prepared for you by the dieticians at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.

You should lose weight at a noticeable rate providing you’re eating a healthy diet and starting to exercise regularly, but gastric imbrication won’t work unless you commit to making these essential lifestyle changes.

What are the advantages of gastric imbrication surgery?

A gastric imbrication is a good option for patients who need to lose weight but don’t wish to make permanent changes to their digestive system. As well as the primary effect of reducing the capacity of your stomach, gastric imbrication has additional benefits:

  • Laparoscopic surgery means less discomfort and scarring
  • The surgery is reversible
  • No insertion of medical devices such as gastric bands
  • No alterations to the stomach or small intestine
  • Reduced likelihood of complications

Gastric imbrication doesn’t have any malabsorptive effects like gastric bypass surgery. That means you’ll be less likely to experience any nutritional deficiencies.

The surgeons and support staff at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona have considerable experience in carrying out gastric imbrication surgery, so call them today, or book an appointment online.