As is the case with other weight loss surgical procedures, Gastric Imbrication Surgery or Gastric Plication, is done to reduce the stomach’s size and, therefore, your food intake. This process is minimally invasive, with minimal pain and blood loss. As plastic sutures are used, the procedure can be reversed, unlike sleeve gastrectomy. In short, GIS strikes a perfect balance between weight loss and health risks.
GIS is a laparoscopic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. The stomach is foldedupon itself to form a sleeve-like shape, and then sutured multiple times to keep it in a folded state. Other than the stomach space being made smaller, there is no change in the digestive process and, therefore, no complications arising thereof.
GIS is safer than other weight loss procedures. In GIS, there is no cutting or stapling, so risks of leaks are out of the question. There is no insertion of a foreign body (as is the case with gastric banding), so there are no rejection issues to worry about. Finally, unlike Roux en Y, there is no re-routing done, so your body’s digestive process remains unaltered and there are no malabsorption/ malnutrition complications.
GIS is a relatively new procedure, so there is very limited data with regard to its weight-reduction effect. However, one can safely say that average weight loss can be between that of a gastric band and a gastric sleeve. Although preliminary results have shown gastric imbrication to be advantageous, only a handful of procedures have been performed to date.
With GIS, one can expect 90-98% resolution of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnoea, knee joint pain, and much better quality of life.