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Mini Gastric Bypass FAQs

By Gerald Witt on June 28, 2022

The Mini Gastric Bypass procedure is technically less challenging than the full Gastric Bypass also known as the RNY surgery, and carries a lower percentage of complication risk. The Mini Bypass is also a laparoscopic weight loss surgery, similar to Gastric Bypass but performed in less time and with one less connection point.

Many patients who are thinking about having weight loss surgery have questions about their surgery options.  With the Mini Gastric Bypass, there are many frequent asked questions from people considering to undergo a Gastric Bypass Surgery and may wonder about what their options are.

Here are the most common Frequently Asked Questions about the Mini Bypass Surgery.

  1. How does the Mini Bypass Surgery work compared to the Gastric Bypass Surgery?
  • Answer:  Mini Bypass Surgery only has one connection to the small intestine and this restricts and impairs the absorption of food and nutrients across the gastrointestinal tract, reducing the stomach size and making patient feel full sooner while eating.
  1. How much weight should I loose after Mini Bypass Surgery?
  • Answer: Mini Gastric Bypass patients generally lose a lot of weight very quickly. The average amount of weight loss after three months is one third of the patient’s excess weight. Patients can lose up to 75%-85% of their excess weight within 1 year.
  1. Do I have to be on diet for life after surgery?
  • Answer: Patients who eat the right foods, exercise at least 3 days per week and follow their surgeon’s suggestions will have long term beneficial results with the mini gastric bypass surgery, and can lose even more weight than expected. The Mini Gastric Bypass surgery is still only a tool and long-term success requires patients’ effort and commitment in changing old bad habits.
  1. Does Mini Gastric Bypass help to improve overall health?
  • Answer: Most Mini Gastric Bypass patients experience a great and significant improvement in medical problems related to obesity such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, apnea, as well as many other comorbidities.
  1. How long do I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
  • Answer: Mini Gastric Bypass patients generally spend one or two nights in the hospital
  1. When am I going to be completely recovered after Mini Bypass surgery?
  • Answer: Most of patients have fully recovered in two to three weeks after surgery, returning to their normal life and work.
  1. Why should I choose Mini Bypass over Gastric Bypass?
  • Answer:
  • If your BMI is between 40-50 the mini bypass may be right for you.
  • Mini Bypass Procedure is a less complicated, less time consuming and less invasive procedure compared to the full bypass.
  • The mini bypass is much more easily reversed or revised
  • The mini bypass has a lower risk of complications
  • The mini bypass only has one connection to the small intestine and this restricts and impairs the absorption of food nutrients across the gastrointestinal tract.
  1. How big is patients’ stomach after Mini Gastric Surgery?
  • Answer: With the Mini Bypass Procedure, the surgeon creates a long stomach pouch (15cm aprox) and divides it from the rest of the stomach.
  1. Is the Mini Gastric Surgery painful?
  • Answer: The Mini Gastric Bypass procedure is a quicker surgery compare to Gastric Bypass. It has less chance of complications which means less pain and quicker recovery
  1. Is Mini Gastric Surgery worth it?
  • Answer: Mini Gastric Surgery is worth it if you qualify and it is the right surgery for you! The key is the procedure is an in between surgery for those that are a little heavier than a gastric sleeve can help and not as large as required for a gastric bypass.If you need to lose between 100-150 pounds the mini gastric bypass may be right for you.It offers great results comparable to other Weight Loss procedure through a shorter and less invasive surgery.
  • For patients who already have a gastric sleeve, the mini bypass revision is also a great option to help get off the final pounds that have stubbornly come back or not been lost from the original procedure.Overall as a revision or first time surgery the Mini Gastric Bypass surgery is definitely worth it for certain patients.

Patients with a BMI of 40 or more are considered candidates for Mini Bypass Surgery considering they have tried other methods to lose and manage their weight without any success. However, a medical evaluation should be done by a weight loss specialist or surgeon.  The Bariatric Team should be able to suggest to the patient what would be their best bariatric option. Weight Loss Team, in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your journey to have your Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico as well any other bariatric surgery options you may be considering.


For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:

Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital led by Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo

Website: www.weightlossteam.com/

Email: info@weightlossteam.com

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