Just as the name implies, it’s a simplified procedure of the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
. Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery is a short and relatively simple procedure that has been shown by the available research to have low risk and result in good short and long-term weight loss.
The procedure is shorter, easier, costs less and has lower risk and equally successful outcome; however, there are some significant differences between the two. Surgery generally takes less than an hour. The mini procedure bypasses much more of the intestine than a standard Gastric Bypass
, usually between three and seven feet. Your surgeon will determine the actual length based on several factors including your height and pre-operative weight, weight loss expectations and review of the risks and benefits of a shorter versus longer bypass.
Unlike Gastric Bypass Surgery
, digestive enzymes and bile are not diverted away from the stomach, which can lead to bile reflux gastritis that is sometimes difficult to treat.
This laparoscopic procedure involves dividing the stomach into two pouches, with the upper pouch along the stomach’s lesser curvature, and the lower, or defunctionalized pouch along the greater curvature of the stomach. The smaller pouch, shaped like a narrow tube, partially absorbs incoming food and then passes directly to the jejunum level of the small intestine, effectively bypasses six feet of the intestinal track and leading to significant fat mal-absorption.
Mini Gastric Bypass is both restrictive and mal-absorptive as the small stomach pouch necessitates earlier satiety in patients. The intestinal bypass causes food to skip the duodenal column where the majority is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Some surgeons in the United States will not perform a Mini Gastric Bypass as some insurance companies consider it an experimental procedure and will not cover it under Bariatric Surgery Insurance. We found this procedure to consistently help our patients overcome obesity. Generally, the more complex Roux-en-Y surgery
is preferred over the mini, but the mini bypass is becoming more accepted so this is changing. It is best to consult with your surgeon to confirm the best option for you.
The most important benefits are decreased risk of co-morbidities, or conditions caused by morbid obesity.
When patients undergo this procedure and lose excess weight, they may experience relief from symptoms associated with obesity, including diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis and edema. As the procedure is done laparoscopically, there is a lower risk of post-surgery complications.
Other significant benefits include:
Shorter operating time
Less rerouting of the intestines
Technically easier for the surgeon
One fewer anastomosis, or connection of the intestines, which in theory, means less chance of complications.
If you are interested in losing all those extra unwanted pounds, The Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery is the fastest and most effective option. Contact us today at 844.461.2831
. Our friendly, knowledgeable coordinators will be happy to answer your questions and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Alejandro Lopez
. During this visit, he will provide you with a comprehensive exam, discuss your weight loss options, and review the benefits of the procedure so that you can reach your ideal weight in 2017.
Call Our Offices Today at 844.461.2831 for a Free Weight loss Consultation.