Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Is Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery For You?

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery is becoming the surgery of choice for many overweight people looking for the safest available option when it comes to having gastric bypass surgery. There are many reasons for this and we are going to discuss a few of them.

Gastric bypass surgery began around 1967 with a procedure called the loop gastric bypass. During the operation a part of the small intestine was used as a loop to bypass much of the digestive system, thus the name loop gastric bypass. However, this type of operation was abandoned in just a few years because the many complications made the risks outweigh the benefits.

Loop bypass surgery was quickly replaced by what was called the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or RNY for short. This procedure is still the most common bypass surgery being used today although the technique has changed over the years.

One of the main changes in gastric bypass procedures has been the use of laparoscopic surgery. Instead of one large incision being made, a number of very small incisions are made where miniature surgical tools and a camera can enter. These small incisions greatly cut down on complications and recovery time.

In 1997 a new surgery came on the horizon called mini gastric bypass surgery. This technique was first used by Doctor Robert Rutledge and it shortened even more the time on the operating table, the time in the hospital, and the overall recovery time.

Some of the benefits of mini gastric bypass surgery are as follows:

There is very little pain compared to other bypass surgeries
There is very little scarring due to very small incisions
The average time on the operating table is less than an hour
Many people are able to leave the hospital in the same day or at least within 24 hours.
The cost in around half of traditional bypass surgeries
The long term results are showing tremendous weight loss with less complications.

Because of the small incisions, reduced time on the operating table and time reduced time for recovery there are less complications likely to happen. This makes the mini bypass very attractive to those who qualify for it.

Though mini gastric bypass surgery sounds to good to be true, it is still considered a major operation with possible serious complications. Anyone thinking of this operation should be well aware of the risk involved and weigh the benefits against these risks. Your physician will of course guide you in this regard and explain what the best option is in your particular case.

This article has only given basic information. If you would like a more in depth look at the operation itself you may want to read more of the articles available on our site.