A gastric Imbrications surgery, also known as pseudo sleeve surgery or a gastric plication surgery is a bariatric weight-loss surgical procedure that helps extremely obese people lose significant amount of weight.
This is a restrictive method of bariatric surgery that basically creates a smaller stomach to reduce the amount of food intake. This, in turn, helps reduce the amount of calories and resultantly lose weight effectively.
Candidates for a Gastric Imbrication surgery
If you are aspiring to undergo a gastric imbrications surgery the surgeon/doctor will check you for any underlying medical conditions using your medical history and a physical examination to prevent any untoward complication from resulting from the gastric imbrication surgery.
You are considered to be an ideal candidate for a gastric imbrications surgery if you are morbidly obese (with a BMI of over 30) and all other alternate non-surgical and surgical weight-loss procedures have been unsuccessful in reducing your weight satisfactorily.
Gastric Imbrication surgery procedure
A gastric imbrication surgery is nowadays performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques with a laparoscope. A laparoscope is thin tube-like surgical equipment that is attached with a light-source and a video camera to help the surgeon view the surgical area better. This laparoscope is also fitted with miniaturized surgical equipments required for the surgical procedure.
The surgery begins with administering of general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort to you during the surgery. The surgeon will make a few very small (keyhole) incisions in the abdomen. The laparoscope will be inserted into one of these incisions to initially get a clear view of the operating area. The surgeon will use tiny surgical instruments attached to the laparoscope to cut the stomach along the shorter curvature and separate it from the remaining major portion of the stomach through using staples. This forms a small sleeve-like stomach pouch. The surgeon will usually include around 25% of the total stomach in the newly-formed smaller pouch.
The surgeon will then use sutures to close the incisions.
What are the complications and risks associated with a Gastric Imbrication surgery?
As compared to other weight-loss surgical procedure a gastric imbrication surgery carries a remarkably lower risk of complications. Patients may experience nausea and vomiting right after the surgery which can be controlled with medicines.
There are other surgery-related complications that are seen with most surgeries such as:
- Blood clot
- Anesthetic reaction
The bariatric surgeon will use every possible precautionary measure to ensure that these complications are prevented.
What are the advantages and benefits of a Gastric Imbrication surgery?
A gastric Imbrications surgery is one of the most effective and efficiently simple bariatric weight-loss surgical procedures. This is a restrictive type of bariatric surgery and helps avoid malabsorption of nutrients and prevent additional nutrient-deficient complications from arising.
This is a reversible kind of weight-loss procedure and can be revised and modified into another bariatric procedure if required.