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Mini vs. Traditional Gastric Bypass: Understanding the Key Differences

In recent years, mini gastric bypass surgery has grown in popularity. This trend can largely be attributed to the procedure's reputation for offering a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.* This has led many patients to consider the differences between mini vs. traditional gastric bypass surgery when choosing which procedure will best help them achieve their goals. However, not every patient is suited for this alternative to traditional gastric bypass. Medical tourism patients who travel to Tijuana, Mexico, and plan their bariatric surgery through the Tijuana Bariatric Center network can benefit from the extensive knowledge, years of surgical practice, and guidance provided by qualified professionals. 

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Gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass can each help different types of candidates achieve long-lasting weight loss.

Procedure Similarities

Mini gastric bypass has been found to offer a shorter operation time, reduced cost, and lower risk of complications while still providing outstanding weight loss results.

Mini gastric bypass and traditional gastric bypass are very similar in that they are designed to create two pouches within the stomach. Both surgeries are also restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning that they reduce the amount of food you can consume as well as the number of calories absorbed by the body. Additionally, it has been found that both versions of the bypass procedure have yielded significant weight loss results and similar health benefits.* 

Risk of Complications

There are several factors that directly lower the risk of complications for mini gastric bypass patients including: 

  • Shorter time in surgery
  • Minimized intestinal rerouting 
  • Technically easier for the surgeon

Despite these reduced risks during surgery, the procedure may be more likely to cause a number of post-surgical complications for those with certain conditions. However, the experienced doctors working with the Tijuana Bariatric Center network are diligent about reviewing medical history to ensure that you are recommended for the most appropriate procedure.

Candidacy Requirements

Patients with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatus hernia may not be well suited for mini gastric bypass surgery due to a potentially greater risk of bile reflux. However, gastric bypass surgery is often highly recommended for these patients. 

Revision & Reversal

While both types of bypass surgery may be revised or reversed, treatment for a patient who has undergone mini gastric bypass can be performed more easily. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are experiencing complications or are unhappy with their results. 

Cost & Insurance Considerations

Mini gastric bypass surgery is still considered to be experimental to an extent due to the lack of studies and widespread training in the technique. As such, many insurance companies will not cover the procedure. However, since mini gastric bypass surgery is a shorter and less invasive procedure, it is typically less costly than the traditional surgery. As medical tourism provides overall cost savings, patients who choose to undergo treatment coordinated by Tijuana Bariatric Center can expect to spend significantly less on either procedure. 

Learn More About Your Options

Learn more about your options for gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric procedures by contacting Tijuana Bariatric Center using the online form. Our team has all the tools and resources necessary to determine which treatment option is right for your unique needs. 

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