Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP) is a restrictive procedure which limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach.
- To gain access to the abdominal cavity small incisions are created on the abdomen.
- Trocars which serve as passageways for the surgical instruments are placed into the incisions.
- A laparoscope or video camera is used to visualize the surgical area.
- During LGCP attachments to the greater curvature of the stomach are removed to facilitate future Gastric Plications.
- The next step in the procedure consists of starting an inward fold of the stomach and securing.
- The final step in the procedure is a another inward fold of the stomach similar to the previous step.
- Upon completion of the LGCP procedure the gastric capacity has been significantly reduced.
Patients are placed on post operative diets similar to other bariatric procedures. This includes starting with liquids and progressing to solids over several weeks as tolerated. As with all weight loss procedures, behavior modification and dietary compliance plays a critical part in determining the long-term success of the procedure. All surgeries present risks. Weight, age and medical history determine your specific risks. Ask your doctor if bariatric surgery is right for you.