I recently attended a course at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio about an investigational new bariatric surgery procedure. The procedure is called the Greater Curvature Plication and it involves an “in-folding” of the stomach to reduce the stomach volume without the need for stapling of the intestine or placement of a foreign object. To date there are only a few published studies with a total of 150 patients having had this procedure with only short-term results. The results are interesting but too early to suggest how or if this procedure will be incorporated into the standard bariatric surgery armamentarium.
Several bariatric surgery groups practicing at Rex Hospital, including Rex Bariatric Specialists, are about to launch a research study incorporating aspects of the Greater Curve Plication with the Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure (Lap Band or Realize Band). The goal of the study is to determine if the addition of the “imbrication” to the banding procedure can improve the effectiveness of weight loss and resolution of obesity-related medical problems. Stay tuned for further updates on the study start date and how to learn more about this new procedure.