Mini gastric bypass surgery is what its name suggest, a scaled-down, miniature version of traditional gastric bypass surgery. The difference in the actual surgery is that with mini gastric bypass, the procedure is laparoscopic and reversible. Instead of a small pouch that is created with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, the mini gastric bypass surgery procedure creates a narrow tube that is attached to the small intestine approximately six feet from its starting point, a placement that bypasses the highly absorptive section of the intestine.
Advantages of Mini Gastric Bypass
So far mini gastric bypass surgery has been shown to:
- Unlike Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass,
this procedure is completely reversible or revisable at a latter date.
- Lower cost than standard gastric bypass
- Less time in the operating room. The surgery itself takes about 40 or minutes or less from start to finish.
- Fast recovery time. Typically you are out of the hospital in less than 24 hours.
- Surgery is performed laparoscopically
- Equal or even greater success rates that other weight loss surgeries
Disadvantages of Mini Gastric Bypass
There are some disadvantages, such as:
- No long term studies/results yet
- Fewer doctors willing to perform the procedure
- Few insurance companies willing to cover the cost
There is a lot of potential with mini gastric bypass and with time and the ability to see long term results, this procedure can become more of the norm as doctors and insurance companies start accepting it’s benefits and potential.