Gastric plication is a newer weight-loss or bariatric procedure. WeightWise does not perform gastric plication. On this page, we will discuss a few of the reasons why we have chosen not to perform this surgery.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for you.
What is Gastric Plication?
In a gastric plication procedure, surgeons fold the stomach into itself and then stitch it into place. Practitioners will fold the stomach inward and then fix it in that position with sutures.
As with a few other relatively new procedures, patients have reported experiencing persistent eating difficulties post-op. Some require re-operation to adjust for complications arising from the newly formed stomach pouch.
While research has shown that there have been some promising results with gastric plication, we think this weight-loss surgery requires more investigation. Only then will we reconsider our position after further evaluation.
At WeightWise, the health and long-term wellbeing of our patients is paramount. Before we feel comfortable encouraging our patients to undertake a procedure, we must determine safety its and efficacy. In other words, it must be safe, and it must do what it’s intended to do.
We’ve written multiple pages covering some weight-loss surgeries that we won’t perform. Read more regarding open gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass, and vertical banded gastroplasty.
WeightWise and Gastric Plication
WeightWise believes there is no advantage to these procedures when compared to the multiple bariatric surgery options in Oklahoma City that we do provide. The weight-loss surgeries and nonsurgical procedures at WeightWise have a long and documented track record of success for our patients. Thus, these are the bariatric surgeries on which we have based our practice.
As we mentioned above, in some reported cases, patients have told their health care providers that they have eating difficulties and other complications after gastric plication (also known as band over or banded gastric plication).
WeightWise agrees with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). They argue that gastric plication should still be considered an investigational procedure. Furthermore, they suggest — and we agree — that the procedure should only be performed under a study protocol with an institutional review board’s (IRB) oversight.
The more gastric plication surgeries that are performed and monitored, the larger the data set we will have to evaluate — and re-evaluate — this weight-loss procedure. Until then, we will adopt a wait-and-see approach.
Of course, we will continue to work with our patients to find the best and safest bariatric surgery for their specific circumstances.
Bariatric Surgery Procedures Oklahoma City
WeightWise educates our patients regarding best practices, pre-op and post-op treatments, diet and nutrition, and exercise. We know that weight loss is a journey and that bariatric surgery is only one step in the process.
Have you been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise? Have you been unable to keep the weight off even though you reduce the amount of food you eat each day? Worried about obesity and obesity-related illnesses, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes?
Consider an alternative that has proven successful to many people just like you: weight-loss surgery and a regimen of follow-up meetings to keep you on the path to health and wellness.
We provide many surgical procedures; some reduce the size of a part of the stomach, while others include a reroute of part of the intestine.,
To learn more about Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding, gastric sleeve, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, or any of our other bariatric surgeries in Oklahoma City, please get in touch with WeightWise today.