Internationally well-regarded weight loss surgery center Hospital Angeles Tijuana is offering a bi-monthly webcast series for patients interested in learning more about the benefits of the innovative new restrictive weight loss surgery procedure gastric plication. Attendees will receive a $250 credit toward the $7,500 all-inclusive Gastric Plication Medical Travel Program for international patients.

Gastric Plication (also called Gastric Imbrication, Gastroplication and Gastric Pleat) is a new weight loss surgical procedure that involves no devices or stomach resection. Stomach capacity is restricted through invagination of stomach capacity using non-absorbable suturing.

Patients attending the “Gastric Plication: A New Standard In Weight Loss Surgery” webcast have an opportunity to speak to the Angeles Health medical team and save $250 on the cost of the gastric plication medical travel program. The next webcast will air Friday January 28th from 12:00p – 1:15p PST.

In September 2010 Director of the Angeles weight loss surgery program gastroenterologist surgeon Dr. Lopez Corvala, President of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery and member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, presented findings from more than 150 gastric plication findings at the 15th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).

Dr. Lopez-Corvala reported his findings about the gastric plication procedure support earlier clinical data reported at the Euro-Mediterranean & Middle East laparoscopic meeting. SFCE-MMESA held in Bordeaux-France November 13-15, 200, as well as the Bariatric Times (Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication: An Alternative Restrictive Bariatric Procedure, May 2010).

The gastric plication procedure features the benefits of minimal risk of acute or late complications, while providing patients with weight loss that comes sooner and is more intense than restrictive gastric banding. Patients are required to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher to qualify for the procedure. Patients with gastritis, severe acid reflux, and hiatal hernia may not qualify.

About Hospital Angeles Tijuana

Hospital Angeles Tijuana is part of the largest private hospital network in Mexico. Hospital Angeles Tijuana 116 private rooms and suites, 12 operating suites, 8 ICU units, and 24/7 English-speaking surgeon, nurse and an on-site international patient concierge. The medical complex also include a doctor’s office tower with the private practice offices of more than 130 board-certified specialists. Since opening in 2006, Hospital Angeles Tijuana has treated more than 6,000 US weight loss surgery patients.

The gastric plication medical travel program price at Hospital Angeles includes all hospital, physician and surgeon fees, round-trip ground transportation from San Diego International airport to the Angeles medical complex just minutes from the San Ysidro Trolley Station.

Patients can inquire about the gastric plication medical travel program by contacting RN Sandy Lauria at the international patient department at Hospital Angeles 866.668.9263 ext 129. Questions can be submitted to plication (at) angeleshealth (dot) com. Adolescent candidates are accepted but must meet special requirements including strong parental involvement and commitment.