GPS Procedure (Gastric Plication Surgery) in Mexico

Dr.Verboonen is proud to be one of the first surgeons in Mexico to offer a new weight loss procedure called GPS (Gastric Plication Surgery). Gastric Plication Surgery is currently the lowest cost weight loss procedure available!

The GPS Procedure involves reducing the stomach volume by imbricating and stitching (plicating) the stomach wall reducing it to the size of a narrow tube. This surgery emulates the sleeve gastrectomy but doesn’t involve any cutting or stapling of the stomach. Your natural stomach remains; it is simply imbricated on itself so that the stomach volume is reduced.
The GPS Procedure is now the lowest cost weight loss operation available because it doesn’t require expensive medical devices. Early results show GPS weight loss equivalent to the sleeve gastrectomy which is similar to the gastric bypass. GPS patients say they feel full on small amounts of food. The GPS procedure has no malabsorption like gastric bypass and no need for a port or adjustments like gastric banding.

The GPS procedure is ideal for patients that desire a weight loss procedure that is lower cost and does not require a port or adjustments. We call this the GPS procedure because we have adapted the procedure to our cosmetic techniques and the routine repair of hiatal hernias. Other names for the procedure include: greater curvature plication, gastric imbrication, total vertical sleeve plication, etc. Our GPS patients describe feeling full on small meals and their weight loss is excellent.

Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) held in September 2010 (“Gastric Plication: A New Option in Obesity Surgery”) demonstrate lower risk of complication and weight loss results faster and more intense than gastric banding , comparable to weight loss rates observed for gastric bypass, i.e. 70%+ excess weight loss 12 months post-procedure.
  • A less invasive evolution of the gastric sleeve procedure, plication is an ambulatory procedure – no surgical drains, only 2 nights total hospital stay!
  • No loss of stomach tissue – the ‘sleeve’ is created by suturing rather than removal (preserving nutrient absorption capability)Diagram
  • No devices – no staples, no bands, no fills
  • Reduced risk of early or late complications
  • No complication from leaks or bleeding at the staple line (as compared to gastric sleeve)
  • Does not impair patient dietary habits
  • Early data (patients at 6-12 months post procedure) indicate resultant weight loss is comparable to gastric bypass

Surgical Progression of the stomach during gastric plication:
The stomach is restricted into a sleeve-like shape through the use of non-absorbable surgical suturing.