If you’ve been thinking about undergoing gastric bypass surgery to lose a significant amount of weight, you may be a better candidate for the mini gastric bypass procedure. Bariatric surgery has helped thousands of morbidly obese patients lose 50 pounds or more, and today’s surgery solutions include procedures that alter the digestive tract and reduce the size of the stomach so that the patient simply cannot eat more than a few hundred calories at a time.
The mini gastric bypass procedure is less invasive than regular gastric bypass procedures, and offers a number of benefits for those living with morbid obesity. Here’s a close look at how the mini gastric bypass procedure works, and if you may be a good candidate for the procedure:
How the Mini Gastric Bypass Procedure Works
The mini gastric bypass procedure is performed laparoscopically and only requires a set of very small incisions. The surgeon inserts a tiny camera through one of the incisions to guide special instruments into the stomach, and then creates a very narrow tube from a part of the stomach. In the traditional gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon makes a small pouch from the stomach, but the mini gastric bypass procedure eliminates the need for a pouch because the tube is connected directly to the lower intestines.
This restructuring of the stomach means that any food ingested will go directly into the lower portion of the small intestines, instead of being absorbed in the upper portion of the intestine. The rest of the stomach is pulled away and stapled and sealed so that food simply cannot enter it.
Key Benefits of the Mini Gastric Bypass Procedure
The mini gastric bypass procedure can be performed within a few hours and is less invasive than traditional gastric bypass surgery. Weight loss after surgery begins within days, and the patient is usually released from the hospital within the same day after the procedure.
The key benefits of the mini gastric bypass procedure include:
Shorter recovery time than regular gastric bypass surgery
Relief from symptoms associated with obesity after the weight begins to come off
Lower risk of post-surgery complications
Lower risk of infection because of minimal incisions required
Rapid healing of incisions so patient can resume regular activities shortly after the procedure
Drawbacks of the Mini Gastric Bypass Procedure
While the mini gastric bypass procedure offers a number of benefits, there are also some risks to keep in mind. Some patients may experience a leakage of the stomach if the staples become loose, or the stomach and surrounding tissues may become infected from the trauma caused by the procedure. If the food passes too quickly through the digestive tract, the patient may experience diarrhea or nausea that can be corrected and managed with medication and some dietary changes.
Learn more about the latest bariatric procedures in our information guide, or consult with a bariatric surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the mini gastric bypass procedure.