Gastroplasty is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is folded and sutured without making an incision in the stomach, thus the size of the stomach is reduced. This application is considered as a restrictive application because the patient can take a limited amount of food.

Gastroplasty, also called vertical banded gastroplasty or gastric stapling, is developed for morbid obese people. It is known that patients with a body mass index above 35 and defined as morbidly obese have a high risk of diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, liver disease and various syndromes and disorders. This application is used to reduce the serious medical problems experienced by morbidly obese individuals.

What is the Advantage of Gastroplasty over Other Bariatric Surgery Techniques?

Unlike other bariatric surgery techniques, gastroplasty does not involve any change in the anatomy of the gastrointestinal system. In addition, since there is no interruption in the passage of nutrients, nutritional deficiency is not observed.

Since there is no anatomical change on the stomach in gastroplasty, dumping syndrome is less likely to occur compared to other bariatric surgery techniques.

Who can Undergo Gastroplasty?

It is a suitable method for obese patients between the ages of 18 and 65 who do not have any problem in undergoing surgery.

Gastroplasty method can be applied for patients who are not suitable for more complicated applications such as gastric bypass.

This procedure is not suitable for individuals who are pregnant or have drug or alcohol addiction.


How Long Does it Take for the Patient to Return to Normal Life after Gastroplasty?

Gastroplasty is performed under general anesthesia and patients are followed up in the hospital for 3 or 4 days after the procedure. If there is no risk to the patient’s health, the patient is discharged from the hospital.

In order for the stomach to adapt to the changes performed, the patient must follow the recommended diet programme. The patient should also avoid heavy physical activities for the first few weeks.

How Long after the Gastroplasty Procedure Does Weight Loss Occur?

On average two to three months after this procedure, patients start to lose weight. There are studies showing that patients lose up to 50% weight with this procedure.



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