Gastric Imbrication is a very new type of weight loss surgery. Dr. Fusco is among the first surgeons in Florida to offer this surgery. This surgery works similar to other gastric (stomach) restriction operations where the stomach is reduced in size which makes patients feel full after eating less food and helps decrease hunger. Gastric plication is most similar to sleeve gastrectomy. With sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) a large portion of the stomach is removed which results in a long staple line closing the remaining stomach. Occasionally this staple line can leak which can lead to major postoperative complications. With gastric plication there is no stomach removal. Instead the stomach is folded inward and sutures are used to reduce the size of the stomach similar to the way a tailor would "take in" a dress or pair of pants. Since there is no staple line, it is thought that this operation will result in a lower chance of postoperative leak.
Common symptoms after surgery: Patients may experience nausea, vomiting, food intolerance, excess salivation, heartburn or chest pain. This may happen within the first 24 hours post-op. The procedure is done as an outpatient, but patients may need to come to the office for a few days to have intravenous fluids administered. Patients are required to come to the office monthly for the first year then yearly after that.
As with any weight loss surgery, the surgery is just a tool to decrease the amount of hunger so that patients can eat less, be more active, and make significant behavioral and lifestyle changes required to have successful sustained weight loss. To assist our patients in making these changes, LifeShape has developed a comprehensive multidisciplinary support program.
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