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Mini Gastric Bypass

Mini gastric bypass surgery, like Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), aims to aid weight loss. Surgeons designed this procedure to achieve similar results to RYGB. But in a quicker, simpler manner. The surgeon reduces the stomach’s size by dividing it with surgical staples. In addition creating a smaller, functional stomach about 25% of its original size. The larger section remains unused. Additionally, the surgeon bypasses a significant part of the small intestine, involving less rerouting than traditional gastric bypass.

Mini Gastric Bypass – Procedure Overview

Under general anesthesia, mini-gastric bypass surgery uses a laparoscope. First, the surgeon makes five small incisions in the abdomen to insert special instruments. Then, the surgeon staples the top of the stomach to create a small tube. Forming the new stomach, while keeping the rest separate. Next, the surgeon reroutes part of the small intestine to connect with the new stomach. Unlike traditional gastric bypass, the unused portion of the stomach stays in place but doesn’t aid in digestion.

How Does the Procedure Work?

Mini gastric bypass surgery combines restrictive and malabsorptive methods. First, it makes the stomach smaller, so patients eat less and feel full longer. This is the restrictive aspect. Additionally, the surgery reroutes part of the small intestine, reducing the time food spends in the digestive tract. Consequently, the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients before elimination. Together, these changes lead to significant weight loss.

Who is the Candidate for the Procedure?

Surgeons evaluate mini bypass candidates individually. Yet some general guidelines apply. For instance, patients should have a BMI of 40 or higher. Additionally, those with a BMI of at least 35 qualify. If they suffer from obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Before and After Transformation

Mini Gastric Bypass (Before)
Mini Gastric Bypass (After)

Mini Gastric Bypass – Benefits

  • Firstly, it provides results similar to a full gastric bypass but with the added advantage of being reversible if needed.
  • Additionally, the procedure is shorter, reducing the time spent under general anesthesia.
  • Over two years, patients typically experience greater weight loss compared to the gastric bypass.
  • This significant weight loss boosts self-esteem and helps reduce obesity-related depression.
  • Furthermore, patients can engage in activities they couldn’t before shedding the extra pounds.

Mini Gastric Bypass – Symptom Alleviation

Losing weight after a mini gastric bypass can relieve many health issues linked to high body weight, including:

  • Firstly, it helps manage Type 2 diabetes.
  • It also lowers high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Additionally, it reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Moreover, it can improve sleep apnea and gallbladder disease.
  • Besides that, it eases osteoarthritis and degenerative joint diseases.
  • Lastly, it decreases the risk of several types of cancer.

Important Considerations and Associated Risks

Patients thinking about bariatric surgery should opt for a mini bypass because it offers significant weight loss with minimal risk. Individuals with higher body weight often face weight-related diseases. That can improve or disappear as they shed pounds.

This weight loss boosts their health, enhancing both their quality of life and life expectancy. Every surgery carries risks. Though the surgery has fewer risks than other bariatric options, it can still lead to:

Ulcers, acid reflux, and leaks at the staple line. Additionally, there are risks from general anesthesia. Patients might also face gastritis and vitamin or nutrient deficiencies.

Mini Gastric Bypass – Expected Results

The surgery, like other bariatric procedures, helps patients lose around 75% of their excess weight within two years. Initially, weight loss is similar for both mini gastric bypass and gastric bypass. However, at the two-year mark, patients typically achieve greater weight loss. Calculate your BMI to see how this surgery might benefit you.

How Do I Know if Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery is Right For Me?

Consult with our qualified bariatric surgeon to see if a mini gastric bypass suits your goals. Besides this, you can also research various weight loss options and procedures. To prepare for your consultation and understand the process better.

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Interested in Mini Gastric Bypass surgery or other weight loss procedures? Call us at (727) 868-4490 or schedule your consultation. To further inquire about the procedure cost and eligibility criteria in Tampa Bay, FL. 

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