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What to expect from Gastric Sleeve Plication Surgery

What Can I Expect From Sleeve Plication?

Many questions might come to mind if you are considering gastric sleeve plication surgery. Since this surgery is very new, there simply isn’t much information to help you get the answers you need. However, there are some results and you can now find out what to expect from gastric sleeve plication surgery much easier than before.

Patients going through this surgery see very similar weight-loss as those going through gastric bypass surgery. Patients will lose the majority (about 70%) of their excess weight in the first 6 to 12 months. Full loss of weight is usually seen within two years, in most patients, and in some cases much sooner.

The procedure does not take nearly as long as most other weight loss procedures. Unlike lap band surgery, there won’t be any need for a medical device to be inserted into the body, and you won’t have any part of your stomach removed. Instead, the surgery is done non-invasively by using sutures to shrink the stomach.

Your body can still absorb nutrients, since the portion of the stomach that controls this function will remain intact. Gastric sleeve plication surgery is also reversible if a complication does arise, whereas gastric sleeve surgery is not. Since the surgeon actually removes a large portion of the stomach, when performing gastric sleeve surgery, it cannot be reversed.

This surgery will make your stomach smaller, which will still trigger the message from the stomach to the brain telling the body that the stomach is full much sooner than without the surgery. The portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin will not be removed, but because the stomach is much smaller in size, patients still become full much sooner allowing for consistent and sustainable weight loss.

Gastric sleeve plication surgery comes with fewer risks since no part of the stomach is removed and there won’t be an open wound. Of course, just like with any surgery, patients should still research the risks before going through with the procedure. Complications are still possible, but less likely due to the non-invasive methods used for this surgery.

The best way to find out everything you need to know about what to expect from gastric sleeve plication surgery is through a consultation with the actual surgeon or surgical team. Our team at Angeles Health can answer all the questions you might have and help you make the right decision when deciding which surgery will help you reach your weight-loss goals in the best way.