Gastric Plication

Gastric Plication is a new investigational operation in the U.S. in which a large portion of the stomach is folded over itself using rows of sutures to create a much smaller functional stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically in about an hour. 4-5 tiny skin incisions are used.  It results in a narrow stomach with much smaller capacity compared to your original stomach, which causes fullness after eating just a small amount of food. And the less we eat to feel full, the more the weight loss.  Currently this procedure is considered investigational in the US, and is in its early phases just like the lap-band and the gastric sleeve were years ago. However, thousands of gastric plication procedures have been performed world wide, and results have been shown up to 70% extra weight loss at 2 years, which is comparable to Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass.

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Dr. Mehta trained with International Leaders for Gastric Plication, and has modified the procedure over the years to produce optimal results. He is a leader in Gastric Plication in the North East with the most experience.

It is also a safer option than the gastric sleeve or the gastric bypass: since there is no cutting of the stomach, and no re-routing of the intestines, the chance of having a leak is extremely low since there is no cutting of stomach, but rather folding.

Gastric Plication Seems To Be A Good Fit For

  • Those who are not morbidly obese, and may not require the “big-gun” surgeries such as the Sleeve or the Bypass.
  • Those who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above.
  • Since gastric plication is considered investigational at this time, insurance companies do not cover it. It helps that the gastric plication costs thousands less than the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.

Benefits

  • The stomach is folded inward, instead of being cut and removed
  • Surgery is performed laparoscopically using tiny skin incisions
  • No foreign body placed inside you, as in the Gastric Band
  • Follow-up visits are less frequent than for the Gastric-Band
  • No mal-absorption of nutrients, as in the Gastric Bypass
  • Much lower chance of a leak compared to Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass

Have questions about this procedure? Ask us now:

We accept all major insurances if you have appropriate benefits, offer financing, and can email you our specials, for those who choose to self-pay.

Testimonials

  • Dr. Mehta gave me the tools to work with and for that I’m thankful. I’m always telling people about Dr. Mehta and how he helped change my life.*

    Laura S.
  • I have never felt better physically, emotionally and spiritually in my LIFE! I have made a commitment to myself to live a healthier lifestyle and Dr. Mehta has helped in this decision and choice. Down 80 lbs with the lap band.*

    Dawn B.
  • I chose Dr. Mehta because he came highly recommended by my gastrointestinal doctor. Before surgery my maximum weight was 338 lbs. My current weight, one year post-op is 205 lbs. I had no trouble getting an appointment with Dr. Mehta’s office and I found the staff to be kind and very informative and supportive. Dr. Mehta answered all of my questions thoroughly and was very attentive when I developed post op complications. I have not taken advantage of the support staff in place, but I know they’re available should I need them. I would highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center to anyone considering bariatric surgery. It has made a tremendous impact on my life.*

    Darlene G. Hillsborough, NJ
  • Dr. Mehta and his staff (especially Lulu) are great!! Dr. Mehta has a great bedside manner and takes the time to talk to you and answer any and all questions that you may have. My situation was different than most. I had an old gastric banding placed in back in 1985. My surgery was performed by a surgeon who no longer practices. The banding had gone bad and eroded through my stomach causing a lot of pain. I had gone to many doctors and finally met Dr. Mehta who decided to help me by performing corrective surgery to remove the band and perform the new gastric bypass. I was back up to 225 lbs and I am now down to 140 lbs. My husband met with Dr. Mehta while he was in the hospital and liked his manners and asked me to call him. I had no problem getting an appointment and he explained everything I needed to know. I had the surgery and I am now feeling great and no longer in pain. I love Dr. Mehta and his staff. I felt I made a great choice and I am glad he took my case on and helped me out.*

    Colleen V. Flemington, NJ
  • I heard about Dr. Mehta through my mother. I felt very comfortable around him. At our first meeting, Dr. Mehta explained the procedure and all risks with me. The staff that Dr. Mehta has is very friendly and helpful with all your questions. I felt like Lulu was a personal friend of mine. Before my surgery, I weighed 237 lbs now I am weighing 145 lbs. I feel great!! I have not been able to utilize the Mehta Bariatric Center’s after care program because of where I live, in Delaware. If I lived closer, I wouldn’t hesitate to utilize it. I highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center.*

    Deana C. Newark, NJ