Restrictive dieting and regular exercise can help many people lose weight. However, it takes ages for some people to see progress, and even if it does work, the results may be insignificant. This is where bariatric surgery comes in. This type of surgery can support long-term weight loss through adjustments to the body's digestive tract. Even so, some procedures are more effective than others, and some work best for certain patients.
One of the bariatric procedures gaining popularity over the years is Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP). Compared to common bariatric surgery procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, this is a minimally invasive procedure. If you or your loved one is struggling with a weight loss problem, perhaps LGCP is the ultimate solution.
What Is LGCP, and Is it Safe?
As a bariatric procedure, LGCP aims to restrict your stomach's size. The goal is to have you consume less food, resulting in a lower caloric intake. LGCP is considered a low-risk procedure mainly because no part of the stomach or intestine is removed. Instead, a section of the stomach that curves outward, known as the greater curvature, is folded to form a small tube shape and then sewn in place.
Before you are cleared to undergo this procedure, your doctor will assess the risk factors, including your overall health and underlying conditions. If you qualify, you can move forward with scheduling your surgery.
On the day of the surgery, you'll receive general anesthesia. The surgeon will make some small incisions in your abdomen to insert surgical tools and a camera. Once the procedure is done, you'll be monitored for 12 to 24 hours at the hospital as your body recovers.
As far as the procedure's safety is concerned, LGCP is safer than most bariatric surgeries currently available. However, it's not a magic solution to unwanted weight, as you'll need to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain positive results.
Why Choose the LGCP Procedure?
One of the factors that can qualify you for this procedure is a body mass index (BMI) of over 35. The procedure is recommended for patients who have tried other weight-loss techniques under medical supervision that failed to yield the expected results. Additionally, the procedure is highly recommended if you have obesity-related health issues. These include high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis, among other weight-related conditions.
When it comes to the benefits of LGCP, patients can lose 40% to 70% of their body weight within a year after the surgery. Another advantage is that LGCP doesn't involve the removal of parts of the intestines or stomach. That means there's minimal risk of gastric leak or other complications that come with invasive surgical procedures.
Consult a Professional Today
Now that you understand the ins and out of LGCP bariatric surgery, you can weigh the risks and benefits and decide if this is an option you want to explore. This often means consulting an expert to make an informed decision.
At Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute, P.C., we are committed to helping you achieve lasting health by making the right decisions about your body weight. Book an appointment today to speak with one of our surgeons.