Teresa is one of the very first US patients to undergo gastric imbrication weight loss surgery. This procedure is relatively new compared to other weight loss surgery and is done by folding ninety percent of the stomach’s size and eventually stitching it to a narrow small tube. This procedure aims to help patients with excessive appetite because they will be forced to eat less food since they will feel satisfied even with just a couple of bites.
Gastric imbrication weight loss surgery was earlier performed in India which involves thirty patients. The procedure was done by performing quite a number of abdomen incisions plus an additional cut through the person’s belly button. After the weight loss surgery, patients reported losing forty percent of their extra weight only after a year after the procedure.
In Teresa’s case, she amazingly lost twenty three pounds in just two weeks time. Although gastric imbrication weight loss surgery has shown impressive results, it is still considered experimental until now. It is not yet covered by medical insurance companies and more studies are still being conducted to test its safety. Nevertheless, those who are interested to undergo this weight loss surgery should start preparing more or less $12,500 which is a lot cheaper than the other famous weight loss surgery like gastric bypass which costs $19,000 and lap band surgery which costs $16,000.
Gastric imbrication weight loss surgery unlike the above mentioned weight loss surgery can be reversed or adjusted whenever the patient needs it to be done. It also less invasive compared to other weight loss surgery because it does not involve any removal of stomach tissues and non dissolvable sutures. Moreover, patients and doctors need not worry about leaks and the complications it may bring since there are not incisions that will be done throughout the procedure.
Gastric imbrication weight loss surgery requires only an hour of surgical time, a day of hospitalization and two days of recovery period. It is technically simpler and less harmful because no stapling or disconnection of intestinal tissues is required. It only limits the capacity of the stomach to absorb food thus helping obese patients trim down on their weight.
The advantages of this procedure includes achieved weight loss amounting to 60 to 90% of their desired weight in just a year and almost a hundred percent of resolution for cases involving sleep apnea, hypertension, knee joint pain, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Gastric imbrication weight loss surgery is certainly a gift from heaven for morbid obese patients and hopefully with this new hope, it will help them achieve a better quality of life.