What is Mini Gastric Bypass?Mini Gastric Bypass is a surgical procedure designed to help obese people lose most, if not all, of their excess weight. The procedure reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes the intestines, limiting the amount of food one can consume and decreasing the amount of nutrients and calories the body absorbs. When combined with healthy lifestyle changes, the mini gastric bypass surgery makes one lose up to 3/4th of all excess weight within a year of the procedure. Compared to a standard gastric bypass, the mini gastric bypass is less invasive and delivers the same results. It has a lower risk of complications and fewer side effects. The procedure is done laparoscopically, meaning the surgeon uses a tiny camera to reach the innards and work on them through a guiding television screen. Unlike the traditional gastric bypass, the mini gastric bypass is also reversible and usually costs lesser.
How is it Done?A mini gastric bypass is a quicker procedure as compared to the standard gastric bypass, and usually lasts for about an hour. During the procedure your surgeon will:
- Reduce the size of the stomach by dividing it into two parts. One part is a long narrow tube that serves as the new stomach, and a larger remainder that remains well and alive but is essentially dysfunctional.
- Between 3 to 7 feet of the intestines are bypassed. The actual length varies from patient to patient and is determined by the surgeon based on different factors, such as your height and weight. The surgeon then attaches the remaining intestines to the new stomach.
- Food now passes through the new and smaller tube-like stomach and then bypasses between 3 to 7 feet of intestines where it resumes the usual digestive process.