Pleated Band

The pleated band surgery is an attempt to combine the early anorexia seen with the plication surgery with the high degree of safety and adjustable obtained with Lap-Band surgery. This is a very new procedure. Dr. Fusco was the only the tenth surgeon in the country to receive training on this procedure.


  • Very early one year weight loss data shows very good one year weight loss.
  • Theoretically may decrease the risk of gastric prolapse
  • Like Lap-Band, the surgery is done using minimally invasive techniques allowing for outpatient surgery with rapid recovery.


  • Very new so significant uncertainty surrounding rates of complications and long term results
  • Unclear as to whether there is an acceptable operative salvage strategy.

Common symptoms after surgery: Patients may experience nausea, vomiting, food intolerance, excess salivation, heartburn or chest pain. This may happen within the first 24 hours post-op. The procedure is done as an outpatient, but patients may need to come to the office for a few days to have intravenous fluids administered.

Please Note: The Pleated Band is considered an experimental surgery and is only available if the patient consents to be enrolled in our registry study. Study participants must consent to have their progress monitored by the Melbourne Same Day Surgery Data Management and Safety Board.