MINI GASTRIC BYPASS

The Mini-Gastric Bypass procedure is a simple, short, successful and inexpensive technique in gastric surgery. The operation usually takes less than 60 minutes and the hospital stay is usually less than 1 day. With excellent long term weight loss, minimal pain and the option for reversal or revision should the need ever occur, it’s not surprising that people from all across the world are choosing the Mini-Gastric Bypass as their Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass procedure over other types of weight loss surgery. Dr Robert Rutledge from the USA first developed the mini gastric bypass procedure in 1997, as a modification of the standard Billroth II procedure.

The procedure:

  1. Access to abdominal cavity: 5 small (1 inch) incisions on the abdominal wall to allow the insertion of access ports. Instruments are then passed through the various ports to complete the operation.
  2. Creation of the Mini-Stomach: The stomach is divided into 2 parts. One part, a long narrow tube that will serve as your new “mini-stomach”. The second part is the larger remaining part of your stomach which remains alive and well, but is now “de-functionalized”, that is to say, it no longer receives or processes food.
  3. Bypass of the small intestine: The length of small intestine bypassed varies from patient to patient, usually ranging from 3 to 7 feet. The actual length of intestine bypassed will be determined by your surgeon on multiple factors including your height and weight, your weight loss expectations, and a careful review of the risks and benefits of a Shorter vs. Longer Bypass.
  4. Connection of intestine to pouch: The small intestine is connected to the pouch creating the “bypass”. This can be done many different ways but most commonly is with a combination of staples and sutures.
  5. Removal of ports and closure of skin incisions: Upon completion of the operation, all instruments and ports are removed and the 5 small skin incisions are closed with skin closure staples.

Most patients on average typically lose 30-35% of their total body weight over a period of 12 months and are back to work after 7-10 days.

    BENEFITS OF MINI GASTRIC BYPASS

  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
  • IMPROVED SELF-CONFIDENCE
  • IMPROVED HEALTH & OBESITY RELATED ILLNESSES
  • IMPROVED MOBILITY & REDUCED JOINT ACHES & PAINS

    POTENTIAL RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS*

  • INFECTION
  • LEAKAGE
  • EXCESS SKIN
  • BOWEL OBSTRUCTION
  • BLOOD CLOT
  • PNEUMONIA
  • IRON & CALCIUM DEFICIENCIES

*As with any surgical procedures there are possible risks and complications including death. They are uncommon and everything possible will be done to prevent them from happening.