Gastric Plication on the Rise

The World Federation for the Surgery of Obesity meeting took place in Hamburg Germany.  Thousands of Weight-loss Surgeons assisted the event many of who are in search of the newest, safest and more effective procedures. Gastric Plication was one of these hot topics at the meeting.

The field of Bariatric Surgery is a constantly changing and expanding into new and different horizons. The buzz this year at the World meeting was the Gastric Plication Surgery. We spoke to congress organizer Dr Rudolph Weiner, Bariatric Surgeon from Frankfurt and Congress President. Our expectations have been al met and exceeded for this event, we have over 2500 surgeons from every corner of the world at the meeting. He went on to explain that one of the key topics for the week long event was in the research of new devices and techniques. I have invited my long time friend and esteemed colleague Dr Ariel Ortiz from Mexico. He has a vast experience with a new procedure called Gastric Plication. Dr Ortiz presented 400 cases of gastric plication with a one year follow-up and a 60% excess weight-loss.

Session 6 of the IFSO meeting took place on the final days of the meeting. I was surprised to see so much interest on the Gastric Plication and our presentation.   The discussion after the presentations directed numerous questions to the panel, many to Dr Ortiz. How to obtain better results, how to avoid complications to how we and where to surgeons train for those interested in the technique, were some of the questions directed to him. After the session there was a long line of surgeons waiting to interview personally with Dr Ortiz and the other experts in the panel. They wanted to ask me specific questions not discussed during the event. There is definitely a growing interest in the procedure world wide.

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