Gastric Plication Surgery
Gastric Plication Surgery (GPS) is the latest Southeast Texas weight loss surgery procedure available. It is a breakthrough procedure that is becoming a popular alternative to the gastric sleeve. Patients requiring weight loss surgery in Texas often face three challenges:
- Selecting the right procedure for their unique needs
- Finding a qualified and experienced bariatric surgeon
- Determining how to pay for the surgery they need
The solution to all three challenges awaits you at Valley Surgical Center of Minimally Invasive Surgery. In addition to other successful weight loss procedures, we are excited to offer one of the newest advancements in bariatric surgery: Gastric Plication Surgery (GPS). Our board-certified surgeons are among the very few physicians in the United States to possess the highly advanced skills and training needed for this procedure.
If you are ready to begin your weight loss journey, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
About the Procedure
When we perform GPS weight loss surgery in Texas, we reduce the stomach volume by imbricating (overlapping) and stitching (known as plicating) the wall of the stomach. This process reduces the volume of your stomach to the shape of a slender tube. Although it is similar to the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure, GPS avoids the need for cutting or stapling your stomach. In contrast, we keep your natural stomach intact. However, to facilitate dramatic weight loss, we overlap your stomach on itself, reducing the amount of food that you can consume.
Because you are an informed, smart patient, you’ve probably researched your weight loss surgery options. And you may have read that the latest advances in this type of surgery include total sleeve plication, gastric imbrication, and greater curvature plication. These are other terms for GPS, which many experienced bariatric surgeons regard as one of the most exciting new techniques available for patients who want to lose a significant amount of weight. Like all other weight loss procedures before, it is considered to be investigational at this point.
How You Can Benefit
Medical studies show that the amount of weight patients lose with GPS equals that of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Most patients need to stay only a few nights in the hospital, and patients usually can enjoy their regular routines about a week after surgery.
Additional GPS benefits:
- After your surgery, you can enjoy smaller amounts of food yet feel just as satisfied as if you’d eaten a complete meal.
- GPS does not result in malabsorption, and you will not require a port or adjustments following surgery.
Who Is a Candidate?
The requirements for gastric plication surgery are the same as for all other bariatric procedures. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 qualify, while those with a BMI of 35 to 39 must have associated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, reflux or depression. Most insurance companies also require some proof that other attempts at weight loss have been unsuccessful.
At Valley Surgical, we find that an increasing number of patients want to learn more about the gastric plication method. They are delighted to learn that the most recent medical studies have indicated that gastric plication offers faster weight loss success with fewer complications than gastric banding. The weight loss rates are similar to those for gastric bypass. In addition, many insurance companies will pay for all or part of the fees associated with gastric plication surgery.
To learn more about your weight loss surgery options, request a consultation or call us today at (956) 630-4161.