It is done under a complete anaesthesia and short-term hospitalization is needed. The surgery takes approximately 90 minutes.
Gastric plication is an innovative surgical method of treating obesity. During a laparoscopic surgery a part of the stomach is creased and wrapped inside it. At this point, the stomach partly contains itself. Metaphorically said, it could be compared to wrapping a pancake. The outcome of this surgery is similar to all other surgical methods of treating obesity. The inside volume gets smaller up to a third or quarter of the previous size. As a consequence, the patient gets full after eating very little food.
As mentioned before, gastric plication is a relatively new method. The number of patients to whom this method has been suggested is increasing worldwide. Compared to other surgical methods of treating obesity, it has more advantages. The procedure itself is rather simple. During the surgery, no part of the stomach is removed and neither is the stomach surgically opened. Also, the operation is reversible, since the stitches can be taken out again. Based on these facts, there is a small risk of complications after this surgery.
On the first day after the surgical procedure, the patients can get out of the bed, walk around the room and get yoghurt and a soup. During the first hour after the operation, nausea can occur and so medicaments are given to treat it.
Overall, the recovery process is convenient. The patient usually goes home in two or three days after the surgery.
The pre-operational check-up and the procedure are done in one day.