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Investigational Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Sun - August 21, 2011 3:22 pm  |  Article Hits:4645  |  A+ | a-
In the procedure, the stomach’s volume is reduced by dissecting the greater omentum and short gastric vessels, as in VSG, and the greater curvature is invaginated using multiple rows of non-absorbable sutures performed over a bougie or endoscope to ensure a patent lumen. A new approach to weight loss surgery is tried in Knoxville, TN. The procedure is known as the Laparoscopic Great Curvature Plication (LGCP), and is designed to help patients lose significant amounts of weight by altering the shape of the stomach instead of removing stomach tissue or implanting a restrictive device. Dr. Stephen Boyce is a bariatric surgeon in Knoxville, TN. At the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, he is now performing an investigational weight loss procedure known as Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP). Dr. Boyce says the procedure does not require the use of restrictive devices or surgical removal of stomach tissue; instead, the stomach is folded (plication) and sewn back on itself, narrowing the diameter of the stomach to potentially cause patients to feel fuller sooner. Dr. Boyce says the LGCP procedure is similar to the vertical gastric sleeve, in that the stomach alone is altered to create a slimmer diameter and create a sense of fullness sooner.

However, he emphasizes the LGCP does not involve the permanent removal of stomach tissue. While this procedure is still in the clinical trials phase, Dr. Boyce says the early results have yielded some promising advantages to traditional methods of weight loss surgery, including an increased percentage of weight loss and a reduction of risks commonly associated with staple-line leaking. The initial data on LGCP shows the procedure may have a decreased risk factor when compared to other procedures. While all weight loss procedures are accompanied by a unique set of circumstances that require an individual approach to each surgery, Dr. Boyce emphasizes all bariatric procedures carry similar, essential patient responsibilities. “As with all weight loss surgical procedures, LGCP requires proper nutrition, regular moderate activity and close clinical follow up for safe, lasting weight loss.â€

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