Gastric plication

Laparoscopic gastric plication is a newer, minimally invasive, weight-loss surgery technique that reduces the size of the stomach capacity by folding it. Unlike gastric bypass or sleeve, plication can be reversed.

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Gastric plication abroad

Gastric plication is a relatively new, minimally invasive, weight-loss surgery technique that reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately 3 ounces.
The procedure does not involve the use of an implanted device (such as gastric banding). Also, unlike the gastric sleeve procedure, gastric plication may be reversible because a portion of the stomach is not removed.

In addition, unlike gastric bypass, gastric plication does not involve rerouting and reconnecting the intestines.
It is a restrictive weight-loss surgery, meaning that it restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold. You will feel full sooner so you won’t want to eat as much.

Gastric plication abroad in short

  • Gastric plication is a relatively new way of weight loss surgery. During the operation stomach is folded and capacity is reduced to 3 ounces.
  • It’s done under general anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • The surgery takes from 1 to 2 hours
  • All-included price: €3600 / £3,125 (see the exact price table below)

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FAQs about gastric plication surgery abroad

What's gastric plication surgery?

Gastric plication is a relatively new, minimally invasive, weight-loss surgery technique that reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately 3 ounces.

The procedure does not involve the use of an implanted device (such as gastric banding). Also, unlike the gastric sleeve procedure, gastric plication may be reversible because a portion of the stomach is not removed. In addition, unlike gastric bypass, gastric plication does not involve rerouting and reconnecting the intestines.

It is a restrictive weight-loss surgery, meaning that it restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold. You will feel full sooner so you won’t want to eat as much.

How long will I be off work after gastric plication?

Gastric plication uses laparoscopic techniques resulting in faster recovery and less scarring than open surgery. The hospital stay is typically 24 to 48 hours. Recovery times may vary, but patients can generally return to work and normal activities within seven to 10 days.

Who is a good candidate for gastric plication?

ou typically qualify for this type of bariatric surgery if you have a BMI higher than 30 and your weight has stayed the same for at least couple years.

If you had serious nonsurgical weight-loss attempts but had no results.

Also, the most important aspect is if a person is willing to make significant lifestyle changes for after surgery.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for bariatric surgeries abroad for multiple reasons. Main ones being:

  • There are no (or very short) waiting lines for bariatric surgeries
  • Individual attention from the surgeons
  • Recommendations from previous patients, friends or family
  • Top quality service for affordable prices
  • Possibility for a refund from your local health board

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Will I be insured?

Yes, absolutely. Every patient of our clinic is insured by a sum of €50,000. The cover is against injury as a result of medical services.

Why is gastric plication cost lower in your clinic?

Our clinic is not based in the centre of Stockholm or London, and does not have to pay eye-watering rents. We also work with a limited number of patients and do not waste massive sums on marketing. Therefore, you pay only for the surgery & world-class rehabilitation (and not for an expensive location or advertising on TV or in the tube).

At the same time you get an all-inclusive package (making your travel stress-free) when booking with us.

Is it safe?

Getting the surgery abroad involves similar risks as getting the surgery at home. For that reason, we recommend to always check the following:

  • The surgeons and their credentials. Preferably, ask for an online consultation to meet your surgeon before going abroad
  • What do the previous patients say about the clinic and their experience
  • Whether you will be insured

Never base your decision on the price alone.

Can I get a refund from my local health board?

You can have your surgery done for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. We are helping patients with the documentation needed in order to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. Patients usually choose this route because of the long waiting list in their country of origin.

How soon can I travel back home after gastric plication?

Most of the patients can travel back 6-8 days after the surgery.

For your flight back it is advisable to get special assistance to help getting in/out of the plane. The service is freely provided by the airports/airlines.

What about the recovery after gastric plication surgery abroad?

In the first couple days after gastric plication surgery, the main goal of a patient must be to stay adequately hydrated and ensure a sufficient protein intake. Drink at least 1,5 liters of clear liquids, such as broth, water, herbal tea etc., should be consumed together with 50-60 grams of protein per day in the first week. Avoid juice or soda water as it contains excessive amounts of sugar which are difficult to digest soon after operation and also can cause pain and discomfort in the abdominal area, vomiting.

How soon will I be able to drive after gastric plication?

You should not drive for 2-3 days after your operation to allow the effects of the anesthetic and any post-operative analgesia (painkillers) to wear off. Thereafter you may find driving a little uncomfortable until the port sites have fully healed, usually around 10 days.

When can I start exercising after surgery?

In order to get the most out of your weight loss surgery it’s going to take a lot of hard work on your part post-surgery. That includes working out on a regular basis. Depending on your health and how your body is healing, your doctor may allow you to engage in light exercising in the first two weeks after surgery.

How much weight do you lose in the first month after gastric plication?

During the first year after surgery morbidly obese patients with pre-operative BMI greater than 40 are expected to experience a profound weight loss with a BMI down to 30-32. On the whole, it is common for patients to lose about 30-55 % of their excess weight after gastric plication. Exercising regularly, having one’s diet balanced and staying hydrated may significantly improve and prolong the post-operative result, too.

What about the clinic & surgeons?

We like to say that our clinic (based in Lithuania, EU) is not a factory. That is we work only with a limited number of patients per year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it checks all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgeries the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes your recovery calm and pleasant.

Our brand is rated 4.8/5 by hundreds of UK & EU patients. See their (video) reviews here.

Read about our surgeons at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 2-3 night of hospitalization;
  • Necessary stay at a city-centre hotel;
  • Diet instructions after bariatric surgery
  • FREE dietitian follow-up
  • Needed consultations, medical tests;
  • Finding best airplane ticket deals;
  • Meeting at the airport, personal driver within Lithuania;
  • 24/7 assistance in Lithuania;
  • Special discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
What are the possible complications? What if something goes wrong?

Complications after gastric plications are rare; yet they may occur (as is with any other surgical procedure). The complications include:

  • Blood clots.
  • Gallstones (risk increases with rapid or. substantial weight loss)
  • Hernia.
  • Internal bleeding or profuse bleeding of the. surgical wound.
  • Leakage.
  • Perforation of stomach or intestines.
  • Skin separation.
  • Stricture.

You will be guided through all the possible complications during your consultation(s) with the surgeon.

In case you are feeling unwell or there is anything abnormal:

While you are still in Lithuania: you will be immediately checked upon by the medical personnel. Should there be a need for a follow-up procedure, it would be carried out for you free of charge.

Complication in the later stages of the recovery is even rarer and most of the time not an emergency. If they happen, our surgeon would consult you online and explain the steps to take.

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prices given below are exact (without hidden costs). Many other clinics increase their initial prices.

Bariatric surgery abroad costs (all-inclusive)

Gastric plication

€ 3600

Gastric sleeve

€ 5900

Gastric bypass

€ 5900

Gastric band

€ 4100

Gastric balloon

€ 3500

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