Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Plication: Comparing Bariatric Surgery Options
By Fernando Garcia on December 24, 2015
Dr. Fernando Garcia has earned a strong reputation for high-quality bariatric surgery, attracting many patients from across the border to his weight loss surgery center in Tijuana. He is particularly enthused about gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy), and has mentioned it countless times on this blog given how much he believes in the procedure.
There are many other bariatric procedures to consider, of course. We'd like to use this post to consider how gastric sleeve stacks up against gastric plication.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a low-maintenance and highly effective option for weight loss surgery. During a gastric sleeve, a bariatric surgeon removes part of the stomach in order to reduce its overall size. By doing this, a patient's appetite and hunger is reduced, and in the process a patient is able to consumer fewer calories per meal.
About Gastric Plication Surgery
Gastric plication is a newer form of bariatric surgery that has been growing in popularity. During the gastric plication, several folds are created in the patient's stomach and stitched into place so that they remain. These folds help reduce the overall size of a patient's stomach by 70 percent, which means patients consume far fewer calories in the process.
Similar Mechanism for Weight Loss, Different Approach
As you may have noticed in the descriptions for both procedures, gastric sleeve and gastric plication both work by altering stomach size and reducing caloric consumption. This is known as a restrictive type of weight loss surgery since it restricts caloric consumption and stomach size.
Yet even though both of these surgeries are restrictive, they both achieve results in different ways. These differences in approach lead to a number of pros and cons when the surgeries are compared.
The Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Over Gastric Plication
Gastric sleeve offers excellent results when it comes to weight loss. Performed safely and using state-of-the-art technology, it has become one of the more popular options in weight loss procedures today. The permanent resizing of the stomach means long-lasting weight loss surgery results for patients.
The Advantages of Gastric Plication Over Gastric Sleeve
Gastric plication is much less invasive than gastric sleeve surgery since the stomach size reduction is achieved through folds rather than removal of stomach tissue. It tends to be a more affordable surgery as well, and it has the benefit of being reversed and converted to various kinds of bariatric surgery procedures should it prove ineffective.
Helping You Make the Best Choice
Each patient is different, and it's important that his or her needs be met and addressed at an individual level. During your consultation process, you'll have an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns when it comes to both gastric sleeve and gastric plication. This will allow you to get the answers you need to select the ideal surgery for your particular weight loss goals.
We will go into various facets of each surgery, including cost, risks, benefits, and long-term studies and research about the results.
Contact Tijuana Bariatrics
For more information about weight loss surgery and how it can help you achieve a more ideal weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and the team at his practice look forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthier weight.