What is Gastric Plication?
Laparoscopic gastric plication in Iran is a newer minimally invasive weight-loss surgery technique that reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately three ounces.Gastric plication in Iran is a procedure where with a special folding and stitching technique the volume of the stomach pouch is decreased into a smaller tube-like shape, in order to reduce the amount of food taken in. The main reasons the procedure is preferred is the fact that no resection is performed in the operation nor are there any foreign objects placed into the stomach.
Gastric Plication in Iran is an exciting advancement in the field of weight loss surgery. It is a restrictive procedure that reduces the size of the stomach in a minimally invasive way that does not involve any cutting.By creating an internal fold, the stomach’s capacity is reduced by about 85%.
By decreasing the size of your stomach, the amount of food you can consume is considerably reduced. You will experience a feeling of fullness after eating only a small portion of food and that feeling of fullness will last for longer.
Gastric plication in Iran works just like the gastric sleeve but doesn’t require removal of a portion of the stomach and Just like Gastric Banding, Gastric Plication helps obese people with BMI around 35 to 40 to lose weight as quickly as possible by making them feel full.
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Gastric Plication surgery is performed under general anesthesia using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. Small incisions are created in the abdominal wall to allow small instruments to be passed into the abdominal cavity, guided by a special surgical telescope with a video camera, in order to perform the operation. Using sutures, the volume of the stomach is considerably reduced by folding in (plication) of the stomach along its outer curvature. Its main advantage is that it is reversible, as it does not involve removal of any part of the stomach or bypass of the intestine.
The procedure takes 1-2 hours and the patient normally is required to be hospitalized for 1-2 nights.
The gastric plication generally suits to individuals who have a history of eating large portion sizes. If your eating profile includes snacking or grazing on small quantities of food the plication will not be a suitable weight loss procedure for you. The most successful patients are those who adhere to the dietary advice given and choose a varied healthy diet alongside an increase in activity. If dietary guidelines are not followed poor weight loss and/or weight regain is possible.
Gastric plication is most suitable for people with body mass index of 35 and higher, but can also be considered with a lower BMI in some cases.
Gastric plication is not recommended for women who are planning to be pregnant in the future. Make sure to inform the procedure about your health status and previous diseases and surgeries. A bariatric surgery specialist is the only person who can determine if you are a good candidate for gastric plication surgery.
Our consultants at Iranian surgery give you clear instructions before your surgery. Be sure to ask them any question about preparation for your gastric plication. Here are a few pre-op tips you should follow before a gastric plication surgery:
. Do not drink anything 6 hours before surgery
. Consult a nutrition specialist
. Talk to your surgeon before the surgery and make sure you are well-informed about the surgery, including results, potential the complications and recovery.
. Discuss your current medications with your doctor
. Make arrangements for your transportation after surgery
. Stop drinking alcohol six weeks before surgery
. Quit smoking at a few weeks before the appointment
. Make sure that you are psychologically and mentally prepared for the surgery.
Gastric Plication Surgery Pros include:
. Does not remove any parts of the stomach
. Does not interfere with the digestive system
. No addition of foreign objects
. No stapling or adjustments needed
. Reversible (for a certain amount of time)
. Significantly reduces food intake
. Fewer food restrictions than with other bariatric procedures
. It’s less costly than standard weight loss surgeries
. Fast recovery time
. May cause long-term nausea (up to a month after the surgery)
. May cause less weight loss than with other bariatric procedures
. Still experimental
. Rare risk of leakage
What are the risks of gastric plication?
There is a relatively low risk of complications associated with the procedure, the most significant side effects reported include nausea and vomiting, which usually last about a week after the surgery. Other risks are the standard ones related to any surgery and general anesthesia, as well as separation of stitched areas and leaks from sutured areas (less than 1%), which may require an additional surgery.
As with any surgical operations there are other complications such as late stomach obstruction, stomach perforation and internal bleeding, blood clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis; DVT), blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), infection, and weight regain.
Recovery from the operation
Operation time: ~1-2 hours
Hospital stay: 2 days
Recovery time: 4 weeks
Work leave required: 1 to 2 weeks
After the surgery, you will need to subsist on a liquid diet for at least a week. The following two weeks allow for thicker liquids like soups and juices, eventually leading to semi-soft foods. After 4 weeks you may start your new diet, which consists of smaller meals, which slowly but surely starts your weight loss process.
Gastric plication does carry a higher risk for long-term nausea after the operation. Generally, it subsides after a week or two, but may last up to a month. For any immediate complications, you will be kept in the hospital for two days.
To start your new life, you will be given a diet plan and instructions by the surgeon or the bariatric nurse. Standard procedure also means the availability of support and check-ins for some time after the operation.
The cost of Gastric Plication surgery in Iran is between $ 2500-3000 which is far less than many other countries.