What Is It And Who Is It For?
During this procedure the volume of the stomach is reduced as the greater curvature is invaginated using multiple rows of non-absorbable sutures or special staples. The effect is ensured due to the volume reduction but also to the lowered capacity of the stomach to distend and potentially the fact that the procedure restricts the area where gastrointestinal hormones responsible for the sensation of hunger are produced.
One of its main advantages is that there is no implant left in the body. Also, when compared to a very similar and widely performed operation, ‘sleeve gastrectomy’, it is more convenient because it does not remove a large part of a completely healthy organ – the stomach, the whole of which is preserved. Consequently, this is another potential advantage of this procedure – its reversibility.
Greater curvature plication is designed for patients with a BMI (body mass index) over 40 or for those with a BMI between 35 and 40 who also suffer from additional problems such as hypertension or diabetes. Other obese patients who have repeatedly failed to lose weight with the help of conservative treatment can also opt for it.