At Tijuana Bariatrics, we’re proud to offer patients a wide variety of surgical options. Each patient is different, so it’s important that weight loss procedures be able to address their needs specifically. The mini gastric bypass surgery has increased in popularity over the years since it’s been able to promote healthy weight loss with a number of advantages over traditional gastric bypass surgery.
The weight loss surgery specialists at our Tijuana, MX practice would like to take a moment to cover the basics of the mini gastric bypass. We’ll then consider some of the key advantages it has over the traditional gastric bypass procedure.
About Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery
The mini gastric bypass works in much the same way as a traditional gastric bypass, though the procedure itself is much less invasive and extensive.
During a mini gastric bypass, the stomach is divided into a lower pouch and a smaller upper pouch. The upper pouch is resected and attached to the small intestine, bypassing about 6 feet of intestine in the process. The upper stomach pouch allows patients to feel fuller faster (restrictive weight loss) while the resting also results in less absorption of calories during digestion (malabsorptive weight loss).
Shorter Surgical Procedure
The mini gastric bypass surgery requires less time than a traditional gastric bypass procedure. Normal gastric bypasses tend to take about 2 hours to perform. A mini gastric bypass can take as little as 30 minutes. The surgery is done through small incisions on the abdomen, with small tools used to make the necessary adjustments.
Less Rerouting of the Intestines
Since the surgery is not as involved as the traditional gastric bypass, there is less rerouting of the intestines required. This tends to make the surgery a bit easier to perform and easier on the patient’s body as well.
Reduced Risk of Complications
Since the procedure requires less revision of the stomach and intestines than traditional gastric bypass surgery, a mini gastric bypass typically means a reduced risk of post-op complications. Ultimately this means the surgery is safer for patients during the procedure and in the crucial first weeks of recovery.
Mini Gastric Bypass Can Be Reversed
Reversing a traditional gastric bypass procedure is extremely difficult, but reversing a mini gastric bypass is simple by comparison. If a patient requires a revision of their mini gastric bypass, the procedure can be undone with ease, allowing the patient to avoid health risks and other issues related to poor surgical outcomes.
Less Expensive Than a Full Gastric Bypass
Since the mini gastric bypass is not as expensive as the traditional procedure, the cost of the surgery is lower. This savings means that medical tourism patients will be able to save even more on their surgical weight loss procedure.
Excellent Weight Loss Results
Mini gastric bypass surgery patients are able to lose a great deal of excess weight thanks to the surgical procedure. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, patients will be able to keep that weight off for the long haul and experience improved health and wellness.
Contact Tijuana Bariatrics
For more information about mini gastric bypass surgery and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact an experienced weight loss surgeon. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics will answer all of your questions and address your concerns about the procedure.