Gastric Plication Surgery

New Weight Loss Surgery Appears Safe and Effective

Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Surgery for Weight LossOne of the newest and most promising weight loss procedures is gastric plication surgery. The operation compares favorably to existing more-invasive bariatric procedures, offering patients minimal risk and quick recovery while producing similar weight loss results.

Like other bariatric operations, the procedure promotes weight loss by reducing stomach capacity to cause early satiety and limit calorie intake. Unlike other bariatric procedures, gastric plication does not involve stapling, cutting or removing stomach tissue or require a medical implant.

Based on preliminary results, gastric plication surgery for severe obesity appears to be a safe and effective weight loss procedure. The only downside at this time appears to be the lack of long-term data. This issue is the focus of several ongoing clinical trials. Interested patients may want to see if they qualify for one of the studies examining this promising new procedure.

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Operation for Patients With Severe or Morbid Obesity – This study ( identifier: NCT01207609) states that it is not yet recruiting participants, but lists a start date of December 2010 and an estimated completion date of December 2013. It is sponsored by Jaime Ponce, MD at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia.

Surgical Intervention in Bariatric Patients: Excess Weight Loss in the Morbidly Obese Following Gastric Plication – This study ( identifier: NCT01077193) states that it is currently recruiting participants at Ohio State University Medical Center, with a start date of November 2009 and an estimated completion date of August 2013. It is sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

What is Gastric Plication Surgery?

Gastric Plication Surgery (GPS) is a “gastric sleeve” that resembles Sleeve Gastrectomy but does not involve stomach resection (permanent removal of stomach tissue with a stapling device) to reduce stomach capacity. Rather, the stomach capacity is reduced by folding the stomach in on itself and then stitching it together.

Benefits of Gastric Plication Surgery:

  • Involves no stapling, cutting, or removal of tissue
  • Weight loss results comparable to existing bariatric procedures
  • Performed laparoscopically
  • Does not cause malabsorption (like gastric bypass surgery)
  • Does not require a medical implant (like gastric banding)
  • Does not involve cutting away and removing a portion of the stomach (like sleeve gastrectomy)
  • Procedure is easily reversed
  • Offers minimal risk and quick recovery
  • Currently the lowest cost weight loss procedure available

Outside of clinical trials, Gastric Plication Surgery, also known as Gastric Imbrication, Total Vertical Sleeve Plication, and Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication, is being performed by only a few doctors in the United States at this time, including: Dr. Brad Watkins at Cincinnati Weight Loss Center, Daniel Cottam, MD at Surgical Weight Loss Centre of Utah, and Sunil Sharma, MD at the University of Florida.

While short-term results to date have been promising for gastric plication surgery, ongoing clinical trials and the accumulation of data over time will give us a clearer picture of what to expect in the long-term. With further development and continued positive results, gastric plication surgery may be more widely available in the next few years.

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12 thoughts on “New Weight Loss Surgery Appears Safe and Effective

  1. I am interested in participating in the clinical trials. Please let know and send me information.

  2. I am scheduled to have this procedure next week. I was told there are no sponsors for this procedure at this time. Is there?

  3. I am 55 yrs old and I have had colon cancer with 12 inches of my colon removed.I weight 295 and really need surgery my friend had the gastric plication done in 2011 and has done great the insurance I have is Humana gold a medicare advantage plan with medicaid.I live in Tennessee does any one know of any clinical trails? Please help

  4. Dr. Jaime Ponce, as mentioned above in one of the clinical trials, is one of the top bariatric surgeons in the US. He is Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you want to follow up with him, you can visit his website ( for more information.

  5. I am 50 year old female. I currently weigh 225, I know that being obese is causing many of my symptons such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, blood sugar issues, depression, and no energy. I want to be considered for any program that would help or allieviate the cost of the surgery. Please let me know if there is anything avaible to help me get my surgery. Thanks for your consideration.

  6. I HAD THIS PROCEDURE AND LOVE IT! I am down 65 lbs. I started off size 22 and now wear a 12/14. I have had NO complications or adverse side effects, the best decision I ever made!

  7. I would love to participate in the clinical studies. I have struggled all my life with weight and have never had any of the weight loss surgeries. I have a 12 year old son that I want to see become a man and me to be a healthy mother for him

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