There are several effective surgical procedures available to treat obesity. Our goal at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery is to help you find the surgery that is best for you, whether it’s gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or possibly, the newer and investigational procedure, Gastric Plication. The procedure is also referred to as laparoscopic greater curvature plication or gastric imbrication. During Gastric Plication, the greater (larger) curve of the stomach is folded in on itself and then secured with stitches. It works by greatly decreasing the stomach’s volume, so that smaller amounts of food provide the feeling of satiety. After the Gastric Plication, the greater curve of the stomach is unable to expand, which limits the quantity of food that is able to be consumed. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, with five to six small incisions in the abdomen. Because during Gastric Plication there is no removal of the stomach or intestines, unlike with the Gastric Sleeve, the procedure is potentially reversible.
According to a statement from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Gastric Plication be should be considered an investigational weight loss procedure because there’s currently not enough data available on its safety and efficacy. However, some clinical studies have shown that patients lose 40-70% of their excess body weight in the year after Gastric Plication surgery and comorbidities may improve or resolve. We will continue to update you as there is additional information available about this new, investigational procedure.