Gastric Sleeve vs. Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery: Which Is Better for Me?

December 20, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass

Mini-gastric bypass surgeryDr. Fernando Garcia has been attracting numerous patients across the border to his bariatric surgery center in Tijuana. Offering gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) as well as other state-of-the-art weight loss procedures, he can tailor a bariatric treatment plan to meet your needs.

More and more patients have been asking about the mini gastric bypass and how that compares to traditional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve. Let's look a this right now.

What Is the Mini Gastric Bypass?

A mini gastric bypass is a less invasive variation on the traditional gastric bypass procedure. Like the traditional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the surgery involves the creating of a smaller stomach pouch as well as bypassing a part of the intestine.

Mini gastric bypass is less invasive, less complications, and more streamlined than the full gastric bypass surgery, but still works on similar principles of reducing the stomach size and restricting the absorption of calories as well.

How Does Mini Gastric Bypass Compare to the Traditional Gastric Bypass?

Mini gastric bypass surgery takes less time to perform than traditional gastric bypass surgery. In addition, the surgery is less complicated, there is less rearrangement and rerouting of the intestines, and the mini version of the procedure yields similar results.

While the benefits are many, some patients are considered better candidates for the traditional gastric bypass, so be sure to keep that in mind.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is much simpler than the traditional and mini versions of the gastric bypass. The surgery involves creating a much smaller stomach pouch. This restricts the amount of food a patient can eat, and limits the caloric consumption of every meal, leading to weight loss.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery Over Mini Gastric Bypass

The gastric sleeve surgery is less complicated than either of the gastric bypass options we noted above. With less surgical alterations to the digestive tract, this means reduced risk of serious complications after surgery has been performed. In addition, the procedure can be revised to a different bariatric procedure if necessary with relative ease.

Advantages of Mini Gastric Bypass Over Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Mini gastric bypass surgery may be more ideal for certain patients who would benefit from a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss procedures. Since the procedure is less complicated than the traditional gastric bypass but achieve similar results, it's an ideal option for patients who feel a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is more aligned with their needs.

Which Weight Loss Surgery Option Is Right for Me?

As you might imagine, answering this question over the internet is difficult, if not impossible. Each patient is different, and his or her goals need to be considered individually. That's why contacting our team and discussing surgeries in more detail is ideal. We will be sure to address any and all concerns that you may have about either procedure as well as the other weight loss surgery procedures we offer.

Contact Tijuana Bariatrics

If you would like more information about gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and mini gastric bypass surgery as well as other procedures offered at our bariatric practice, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia can answer any questions that you may have about your options for safe and rapid surgical weight loss.