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Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery FAQs

A mini gastric bypass surgery is essentially a simplified form of the standard gastric bypass surgery. During the procedure, Dr Dolan will use a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive techniques in order to reduce the size of the stomach and alter the hormones that are involved in controlling one’s appetite. The procedure may also be recommended for patients with diabetes, as it can help to eradicate the condition in both insulin and non-insulin dependent patients. It can also help to resolve issues like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Yes, there are a number of advantages that are specific to mini bypass surgery. It is the safest gastric bypass procedure of its kind, and because there are less joins involved, there is less chance of a leak than with some of the other available options. There is also less chance of an internal hernia with this procedure. A mini gastric bypass procedure is an effective rapid weight loss method, and can also help to control type 2 diabetes before weight loss. It can also help to manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Before the procedure, you will go for a series of tests to make sure that you are ready for surgery. You will also need to follow an eating plan, which will be explained to you ahead of time. In most cases, this will involve sticking to a liquid diet for around a week before surgery. It can also be helpful to ask a friend or family member to come to the hospital with you for support and comfort before you go in for your procedure.

Mini Gastric Bypass surgery typically results in rapid weight loss, with an average of one-third of the patient’s excess weight loss within three months. Patients can lose up to 75%–85% of their excess weight within a year after the procedure.

The duration of the mini gastric bypass surgery can vary depending on the individual case and the surgeon’s experience. Typically, the surgery takes an hour to complete.

Yes, it is possible for the stomach to stretch after mini gastric bypass surgery. This can happen if the patient does not follow the recommended diet and overeats. It’s important for patients to adhere to the post-surgery guidelines provided by their doctor and to make lifestyle changes to maintain their weight loss and prevent the stomach from stretching.

After mini gastric bypass surgery, dietary changes are crucial for successful recovery and long-term health. Patients typically transition through several stages of dietary progression, starting with clear liquids, then advancing to pureed and soft foods, before eventually incorporating solid foods. It’s essential to prioritise protein intake to support healing and maintain muscle mass, while also focusing on hydration and avoiding sugary or high-fat foods. Following the recommended portion sizes and eating slowly can help prevent discomfort and promote weight loss. Regular follow-ups with a healthcare provider are vital to monitor progress and adjust the diet as needed.

Mini gastric bypass (MGB) and traditional gastric bypass differ primarily in their surgical techniques and complexity. MGB involves creating a smaller stomach pouch and bypassing a portion of the small intestine, while traditional gastric bypass involves creating a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting the digestive tract to bypass a larger portion of the stomach and duodenum. MGB is generally considered simpler and quicker, with a lower risk of complications, but both procedures can lead to significant weight loss and improvements in obesity-related health conditions. Both are irreversible surgeries that require ongoing follow-up care to maintain weight loss and monitor for potential complications.

Candidates for mini gastric bypass (MGB) surgery are typically individuals with severe obesity who have not been successful with other weight loss methods such as diet and exercise or who have obesity-related health conditions that may benefit from significant weight loss. Specifically, candidates for MGB usually have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea. It’s important for candidates to undergo a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider to determine if they are suitable candidates for MGB surgery, as the procedure is not without risks and is typically considered a last resort for weight loss.