What You Need to Know About the Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Surgery
Laparoscopic gastric plication surgery is a relatively new surgical weight-loss procedure that helps restrict the level of food intake by reducing the size of the stomach. The most suitable candidates for this type of surgery are those who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through more traditional methods with no results.
The surgery involves making several small incision sites rather than one large one. The surgeon carries out the procedure through these incisions using long, thin medical instruments and using a laparoscope (a thin flexible tube with a camera)
The surgery involves making one or more folds in the stomach and sewing them to reduce the size of the stomach. The normal reduction is around 70 to 85%, although in some cases it might be different due to patient conditions. The purpose of the surgery is to reduce the amount of food that the stomach can hold, making the person feel full with a much lower food intake.
Unlike other types of weight-loss surgery, laparoscopic gastric plication surgery is fully reversible because it doesn’t involve the cutting or stapling of the stomach. It’s only mildly invasive and requires 2 hours of surgical time at most. It may be done as an outpatient procedure but patients can expect to spend one or two nights in hospital post operatively if the surgeon sees this as most safe.
As with any weight-loss surgery, the patient needs to take some post-operation care. During the 2 weeks following the surgery, the patient has to follow a liquid diet. Afterwards, blended foods, soft foods and eventually solid foods about 1 month after surgery can be ingested, always following the schedule established by the doctor.
While the surgery is not as invasive as others, it’s still recommended to take 2 weeks off work and to rest as much as possible. Exercise and strenuous activity have to be avoided until the doctor authorizes it.
Like any surgical procedure, laparoscopic gastric plication carries some risks. These include:
- Injury or damage to other organs during surgery
- The possibility that the procedure might require open surgery if complications occur
- Possible leakage from the sutures on the stomach fold
These risks are extremely rare and occur in less than 1% of all patients that undertake the procedure.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Surgery
Although the exact figures are largely dependent on your weight before surgery, most patients lose between 40% and 70% of the excess weight within the first 12 months following the procedure. Most obesity related disorders also improve drastically or disappear altogether. The two most common ones are lower levels of cholesterol and a lower risk of diabetes.
The Cost of Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, the cost is dependent on the area where you live and is very much dependent on the hospital where you choose to have the surgery performed. In the United States, patients can expect to pay anywhere between $20,000 and $25,000 for the surgery. Our package price for this procedure at Bahamas Medical Center is generally 50% less. It’s also important to note that like many other weight loss procedures, health insurance typically does not cover this surgery.
But you don’t have to spend your savings to get healthy again. The bariatric surgery team at Bahamas Medical Center has the knowledge, the experience, the training and the equipment to carry out gastric plication surgery and other types of weight-loss surgery, at affordable prices. If you want to feel confident about your body again and, most importantly, feel invigorated and healthy, contact us today.