Just like any surgery, there are benefits and drawbacks to microgastric bypass surgery. It is essential for all those who are considering this procedure to make an informed decision and knowledge about the pros and cons of mini gastric bypass surgery will surely help them. Dr. Atul Shah has compiled this blog to assist patients in making a well-informed choice.

What is A Mini-Gastric Bypass?

Mini-gastric bypass is one of the bariatric weight-loss procedures that can be done laparoscopically. It consists of two parts. By using a surgically-created link, it is possible to shrink the stomach size by 75% to 80% and avoid the upper portion of the small intestine.

After the mini-gaster bypass surgery, the patient experiences a feeling of fullness, which in turn results in reduced calorie absorption, which accounts for around 25% of the stomach’s total capacity and redirects it to the lower two-thirds of the small intestine.

Pros Of Mini-Gastric Bypass Surgery

Several benefits distinguish MGB from its predecessor, conventional gastric bypass surgery, which it is said to replace. These include:

  • An alternative to open abdominal surgeries is “closed” laparoscopic procedures.
  • Less noticeable scarring from surgery.
  • A less time-consuming procedure (often 60–90 minutes).
  • A shorter hospital stay (one night instead of three days).
  • Less time is spent recuperating.
  • Reduced discomfort and recovery time after surgery.
  • Enhanced safety with less chance of problems including infection, hernia, leaking, and bleeding.

The Results of Mini-Gastric Bypass

In the first year after a mini gastric bypass, most patients lose between 60% and 75% of their excess weight, compared to 15% to 22% for those who take weight loss medications.

You can read more : What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Benefits of Microgastric Bypass Surgery

There are other benefits to microgastric bypass besides weight loss. Surgical procedures have additional advantages over semaglutide therapies, such as:

Treatment Time:

Most people only need one session of microgastric bypass, and it only takes about an hour to finish. Though most patients are required to wait one month before going back to their usual activities without limitations, the average initial recovery period is ten days.

Gain in Weight Following Intervention

A linked blog post explains how microgastric bypass patients might avoid the stretchy stomach and weight gain that can occur after chronic overeating. However, it is common for individuals to notice a rapid reversal of their weight reduction effects after they stop using their weight loss medication.

Cost of Treatment

Though mini gastric bypass surgery is more expensive initially, it ends up saving patients a ton of money compared to other weight loss methods.

Cons Of Mini-Gastric Bypass Surgery

Mini-gastric bypass surgery has several advantages, but it isn’t always the best choice for patients. Additionally, keep in mind the following while thinking about bariatric weight loss surgery:

  • Although it is not completely impossible, reversing a mini-gastric bypass through revision surgery is a challenging process.
  • The digestive tract is more likely to experience dumping syndrome, a condition characterized by the rapid passage of food that is often rich in calories, fat, and sugar.
  • Your ability to withstand the effects of alcohol will decrease, and you might even discover that you’re twice as vulnerable to them.
  • Ulcers, intestinal blockages, and nutritional deficits are among the potential consequences of mini-gastric bypass, as is the case with any surgical procedure.

What are the Complications of a mini-gastric Bypass?

Mini-gastric bypass complications are extremely uncommon, affecting less than 5% of patients on average. The risks and potential benefits of mini-gastric bypass surgery are minimal when carried out by a trained bariatric surgeon like Dr. Atul Shah.

Who is eligible for a Mini-Gastric Bypass?

Individuals that may benefit from a small gastric bypass:

  • Minimum age: 18.
  • Hold a weight that is 35 kg/m2 or higher
  • Willingly alter their eating and living habits following surgery.
  • A person who is ready to avoid excessive alcohol consumption and recreational drug usage.

Mini gastric bypasses and other bariatric procedures, such as gastric sleeve surgery, are discussed at your appointment with your surgeon. To find out more about microgastric bypass and how it can help you improve your health through long-term, sustainable weight loss, please contact Dr. Atul Shah by calling +91 95101 50008 or arranging a consultation online.

Dr Atul Shah

Dr Atul Shah

Dr. Atul Shah is a senior Laparoscopic & GI Surgeon practicing at Ahmedabad for more than 25 years. At present he is the MEDICAL DIRECTOR, at Kaizen institute of Gastroenterology and practicing laparoscopic Bariatric and Hernia surgeon.

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