As the name suggests, mini gastric bypass surgery (MGP) is a simplified form of a standard gastric bypass surgery. The surgery uses a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to reduce the size of the stomach and alter hormones involved in appetite control.
It is also an operation that is gaining recognition for the eradication of diabetes, in insulin and non-insulin dependent patients.
Advantages Specific to MGB
- Safest gastric bypass
- Less joins so less chance of a leak
- Less joins so less chance of an internal hernia
- Rapid weight loss
- Control of type 2 Diabetes mellitus before weight loss
- Treats diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, polycystic ovarian syndrome
How does Dr Dolan perform mini-gastric bypass?
Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB) combines the benefits of a gastric sleeve with a gastric bypass. A small pouch of the stomach is created similar to a gastric sleeve. This restricts food intake by allowing only a small amount of food to be eaten before feeling full. A loop of intestine is brought up and attached to the stomach pouch so that 200cm of the intestine is bypassed, resulting in absorption of approximately 50% of all food that is eaten. MGB is safer than other gastric bypasses as there is only one join to the intestines. MGB reduces the amount of food that can be eaten and decreases the absorption of calories that are consumed.
Preparing for mini gastric bypass surgery
Before the procedure, Dr Dolan will run a series of tests to ensure patients are ready for surgery. Patients will also need to follow an eating plan set out by their surgeon and dietitian.
What can I expect after mini-gastric bypass surgery?
Postoperative procedures and instructions will be given to you from Dr Dolan and the dietician. Typically patients should expect a diet of liquids for two weeks and pureed foods for two weeks.
Before you are discharged, you will receive detailed instructions to help you care for your incisions and surgical area, and your follow-up date with Dr Dolan. We will also prescribe medication to aid in the healing process and reduce the risk of infection. It’s essential that you follow all instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.
The average weight loss is approximately 50% in the first year and can increase to 80% by the third year following surgery. The results will vary and depend greatly on the patient’s ability to follow instructions, improve their lifestyle and their dietary habits.
What does mini gastric bypass surgery cost? Is there payment plans?
There are a number of factors that may influence the final cost of surgery. Dr Dolan will be able to provide a more detailed quote during your initial consultation.
Patients can choose from a variety of payment options available depending on their financial circumstances and insurance status.
- It may also be possible to access your superannuation.
- We offer flexible payment plans for patients.
Risks and complications
Preparing for your mini gastric bypass surgery should involve understanding the risks and symptoms of minor and major complications.
Minor complications can include ulcers, hernias at the surgical site, and minor incision infections.
Major complications can include staple line leaks, pulmonary embolisms, and strictures, among other risks, however, these typically occur within the first three weeks after surgery and should be addressed promptly by your surgeon.