Re: What is lap-band over gastric plicaton?
You're absolutely right, Mo. Before jumping into any decisions one should fully educate themselves about every detail of the surgery. Just so everyone knows without a doubt - I am not supporting this surgery, yet. I do have high hopes for the possibility of it's success because it would offer many people an alternative to more radical surgerys, which are all known to fail over time. So at this point, I am approaching this subject with curiosity and hopefulness. As I previously said, I will be passing along more information as the clinical trials progress.
There is a lot to learn through further collection of data. It will be interesting to see how things progress. Dr. Billy told me that they are still in the early stages of determining just how much of the greater curvature of the stomach should be folded in and how best to place the sutures. It will be purely expermental in the early stages, though they already have some good data to go on based upon the results of the stand alone plications. What excites me is that there is no removal of the stomach - no cutting, no staples.
I believe that the exclusions were based on the criteria for the clinical study, which is not uncommon because they are trying to collect unhampered data regarding the success of the surgery. I believe that many of those listed issues would also be game changers for people seeking to be banded.
It will be interesting to see if the band over the plication will resolve any reflux issues. Remember, the information that is being reported to date is primarily based upon the stand alone plication surgery.
As for the removal of the stitches.. unless there was a medical complication that required the removal, I'm not sure it would ever be necessary. Over time the plicated stomach will stretch out again, and the stitches will either work their way out or break. The doctors are fully aware of the limited time frame of success with plication.
Dr. Bryan Anderson
Banded & Branded: Jan. 09, 2006
HEIGHT: 5' 5" WEIGHT: 307/192/150