For people who strive to shed pounds and control their appetite, bariatric procedures offer an effective solution when lifestyle measures have proven insufficient. Tijuana Bariatric Center offers mini gastric bypass surgery as an effective aid for struggling patients. Practicing in Tijuana, Mexico, Dr. Fernando Garcia performs safe and cost-effective alternatives to weight loss treatments in the U.S. Take the first step on your weight loss journey and contact Tijuana Bariatric Center today.
A mini gastric bypass surgery is a modified version of the traditional Roux-en-Y bypass. While the traditional procedure is a highly effective aid to weight loss, patients sometimes require revision surgery. The mini gastric bypass technique simplifies the traditional method for a safer and more efficient surgery with similar results. Your doctor can help weigh the benefits of gastric bypass vs. mini gastric bypass depending on your particular needs.
Like the Roux-en-Y bypass, the mini bypass is both a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. The surgery encourages weight loss by limiting the amount a patient can comfortably eat and how much they absorb from the food. To restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower pouch. The upper portion is reshaped into a long thin tube that can hold a little less than a cup of food and is sealed off from the remainder of the stomach. As a result, patients feel fuller faster and for longer periods of time.
Mini gastric bypass surgery offers similar results to those of the traditional bypass. Patients often report losing up to 80 or 85 percent of excess weight and maintaining that loss with much lower rates of revision surgery.
To further increase weight loss, the small upper portion of the stomach is directly connected to a lower portion of the small intestine. Because the small intestine is responsible for breaking down and absorbing food, this rerouting reduces the amount of calories a patient takes in from each meal. Consequently patients may experience substantial weight loss.
Like all the procedures offered by the Tijuana Bariatric Center, the mini gastric bypass is performed laparoscopically, with a fiber-optic camera and four or five small incisions. This minimizes post-operative discomfort, speeds recovery, and reduces scarring.