Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much weight can you lose with a mini gastric bypass?
Statistics have suggested that mini-gastric bypass is quite an effective procedure. The short-term weight loss after an MGB is approximately 70 - 80% of the excess body weight. In most of these cases, at least 60 % or even more of weight loss is sustained over the long term. The maintenance of weight also greatly depends on patient compliance and other factors.
2. What's the difference between a gastric bypass and a mini bypass?
A mini bypass functions in a manner similar to a complete gastric bypass however the major difference between the two is that the mini bypass involves less intestinal rerouting and a shorter overall surgery time. Also, mini gastric bypass involves only a single anastomosis whereas full gastric bypass has 2 anastomoses.
3. Is Mini bypass better than sleeve?
Both Mini Gastric Bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are effective procedures, however, they have slightly different indications. The Gastric Sleeve procedure is much less invasive than the complete Gastric Bypass and Mini Bypass procedures. If the patient has to lose 100 pounds or less, gastric sleeve surgery is the best option, but if they need to drop between 100 and 150 pounds, the Mini Gastric Bypass is a better preferable surgical alternative.
4. Who qualifies for a mini bypass?
The essential qualifier for undergoing Mini gastric bypass surgery is that you have a BMI of 40 or above; or 35 or higher with concomitant comorbidities such as diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain, and so on.
5. What foods cannot be eaten after Mini Gastric bypass surgery?
Though you can enjoy most of the food items after mini bypass with portion control, it is however advisable that you adopt an active and healthy lifestyle and make some dietary changes preferring healthier food items. It is best to avoid/ limit the intake of carbonated drinks, sugary and high fat foods, alcohol and tough meats.
6. Is mini gastric bypass effective?
Though Mini Gastric Bypass is still a newer procedure as compared to Roux-en-Y and gastric sleeve, recent studies and statistics have shown that the procedure is equally effective, if not more than the other weight loss surgeries in terms of weight loss and Diabetes remission.
7. Is Mini Bypass better than full bypass?
Studies have established that there is similar weight reduction and health improvement after Mini Gastric bypass surgery as compared to the more routinely performed Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass surgery, with the added advantage of decreased risk of complications and fewer and milder side effects. Mini Gastric bypass is also reversible, unlike gastric bypass, and it is definitely less expensive.