(11/21/12) - There is a new, less invasive way to do bariatric surgery - one that may be less risky for some patients. Think of it as origami for the stomach.
It doesn't take long for costume designer Courtney Gileo to help actors transform. "I'm altering a vintage dress for a dance piece for West Side Story."
Now, Courtney is also working to transform herself. Yo-yoing from 120 to 330 pounds, Courtney decided tried a new procedure called stomach plication.
"Instead of dividing the stomach, in gastric plication, we take the stomach and we fold it in upon itself," says Dr. Garth R. Jacobsen, of the University of California at San Diego.
Unlike gastric bypass, it's reversible. Surgeons do not use permanent staples to decrease the size of the stomach.
Dr. Jacobsen says they do not re-route the small intestine. "What we are seeking to do is to minimize that risk."
It is the most minimally invasive procedure designed reduce the stomach's size by as much as 70 percent.
After stomach plication, Courtney lost 40 pounds in five weeks. "I'm not hungry. I don't have the same hunger signals."
There are some side effects to the procedure, like gastric reflux, but the doctor says it decreases over time. Most patients can expect to lose two pounds per week with stomach plication.
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