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By nextbigthing
#28412 Gastric Plication is a new type of weight loss surgery than is minimally invasive (it is done laproscopically), does not remove or re-route any portion of the anatomy, and it completely reversible!

For patients who have tried diet and exercise, and who have a BMI of at least 27, this new "origami" technique involves folding the stomach to reduce its capacity--and your appetite! A surgeon goes in through 2-4 tiny holes in the abdomen, which reduces scarring a lot compared to other weight loss surgeries. The procedure is fast, and has minimal chances of complications. Also, since portions of the stomach or intestines are NOT removed (as they are with other kinds of weight loss surgeries) the patient does not have a lifelong dependency on vitamin supplements or chances of nutritional issues.
By nextbigthing
#28898 Good call dwayne: the article does mention that staples are used to keep the folds in place.
According to the article, gastric plication differs from stomach stapling in one important way.
In traditional stomach stapling, they just staple off a big section of the stomach, leaving a small pouch. Unfortunately this reduces the patient's capacity to absorb nutrients, leaving him or her dependent on vitamin supplement for the rest of his or her life. With this "origami" method, smaller folds are made all over the stomach (rather than closing off one big section) which helps the patient still digest and absorb the needed nutrients, but still only eat smaller amounts at a time.

Of course, this is all from the article I read--I'm not an expert on this procedure or anything! Just thought the forum members might want to know.