Has this surgery been around long?
The procedure, generally known as gastroplasty, has been used in various forms clinically and experimentally in animals and humans over the past several decades; with some techniques more effective than others. There is no ‘official’ term WRAP, but we find it an easy and effective way for patients to refer to this surgery within our clinic. WRAP is a relatively new surgical technique that has the goal of providing significant assistance in weight loss in a relatively, but possibly safer way than some traditional, well-established, and accepted surgeries. Dr. Waldrep has been evaluating various forms and uses of the WRAP philosophy for several years, leading to provisional patented medical devices and various surgical designs.
Generally, reports indicate the technique is relatively safe, but like any treatment, can produce some transient side effects and complications that may require additional treatment and surgery in some patients. We can provide information that will help you decide if the risk of this procedure is acceptable to you.