About Gastric Plication


Weight Loss Surgery

What Is It?

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is currently investigating the safety and efficacy of a weight loss surgery procedure called gastric plication. Gastric plication reduces the stomach volume by up to 70 percent, limiting the amount of food that the stomach can hold and causing the client to feel full faster. Some of the initial studies on the procedure report that clients lost 40 to 60 percent of their excess body weight during the first year after gastric plication surgery.

If you are seeking a surgical weight loss option that does not involve stapling or cutting the stomach, gastric plication may be right for you. Dr. Tom Umbach of Blossom Bariatrics is a skilled Las Vegas gastric plication surgeon who can help you lose weight and live a healthier life.

Candidates for Gastric Plication

Suitable candidates for gastric plication struggle with morbid obesity (i.e., have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35) and compromised health as a result of their excess weight. Gastric plication candidates generally have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise methods.

Bariatric surgery of any kind requires a commitment to significant postoperative lifestyle changes; serious gastric plication candidates should demonstrate an understanding and willingness to follow healthy dietary and exercise habits after surgery.

The Gastric Plication Procedure

Gastric plication is performed laparoscopically. Dr. Umbach makes several tiny incisions in the abdomen and inserts a small video camera called a laparoscope. The video camera projects the images from inside the abdomen onto a monitor in the operating room. Using small, thin instruments, Dr. Umbach folds the stomach wall inward and sutures it into place.

Gastric plication may be reversible, since none of the stomach is removed from the body, though currently no long-term data exists.

Benefits of Gastric Plication

Gastric plication does not involve the placement of a foreign body, rerouting the intestinal tract or removing any of the stomach, which means that it is less risky than alternative surgical weight loss procedures.

Besides causing significant weight loss, gastric plication can help resolve obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol levels. This is true of all surgical weight loss procedures.

Learn More: Contact Blossom Bariatrics

If you’d like to learn more about gastric plication, Las Vegas bariatric surgeon Tom Umbach would be happy to explain the procedure in greater depth. Please contact our practice today by calling (702) 463-3300.

Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to nationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Tom Umbach. With more than 15 years of specialized experience in gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Umbach has been named one of the “Nation’s Leading Bariatric Surgeons” and “Best Healthcare Consultants.” Together with his compassionate staff, Dr. Umbach attracts clients worldwide with unparalleled pre- and post-operative support, unmatched pricing, a convenient location and world-class expertise.

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