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Mini Gastric Bypass

Obesity can not only make you self-conscious. It has been linked to serious health concerns including heart disease and high cholesterol.

A mini gastric bypass performed in Tijuana, Mexico, restricts how much food you eat and changes how you absorb nutrients.

What makes a mini bypass a great option for many? 

A Shorter, Safer Surgery That Can Improve Your Quality of Life

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Reduced Risk of Complications

A mini gastric bypass is much more efficient than the traditional gastric bypass surgery. Less time in surgery also helps minimizes your risk of complications.
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Achievable Weight Loss Goals

After surgery, many patients lose a massive amount of weight. This often allows them to feel more confident and enjoy activities unrestricted.
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Improved Health

By achieving a significantly healthier weight, you can improve your overall health. This can include lowering your cholesterol and in some cases even reversing type 2 diabetes.

How is the stomach changed during a mini gastric bypass?

Do patients usually lose significant weight after a mini gastric bypass?

This weight loss procedure can also provide relief for a variety of conditions...

So how do you know if you qualify? 

Candidacy Considerations for Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

A gastric bypass is typically recommend for patients with a BMI over 40 or over 35 if you have other weight-related health concerns.
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Mini gastric bypass surgery increases your risk of bile reflux, so it is not generally recommended for patients with GERD. However, you may still qualify for a traditional bypass.
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Any patient considering bariatric surgery should be prepared to maintain a healthy lifestyle prior to the procedure and throughout the recovery to reduce the risk of complications.

Not sure which type of gastric bypass is right for you?

Traditional vs. Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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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.

Mini gastric bypass surgery

The procedure is performed laparoscopically...

Advanced Surgical Techniques

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Like all of the procedures coordinated by the Tijuana Bariatric Center, mini gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically. Unlike open surgery, laparoscopic procedures use a fiber optic camera to guide the surgery which is performed through four or five small incisions. This advanced technique minimizes postoperative discomfort, speeds recovery, and reduces scarring.   

What does the procedure entail?

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Step by Step:

Administer Anesthesia

To begin, anesthesia will be administered. This will allow you to enter a completely relaxed, unconscious state for the remainder of the procedure.

Divide the Stomach

In order to dramatically restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower pouch.

Reshape the Stomach

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.

Reroute the Digestive Tract

The newly reshaped stomach is then attached to the small intestine and your incisions will be carefully closed.

What should you know about the recovery process?

Your Recovery

Typically, patients will remain in the hospital in Tijuana for about two to three days after mini gastric bypass surgery so that we can monitor your vitals and progress. While you may be able to leave, you will still need to rest for a few days.

Above all else, it is important that you closely follow your doctor's recovery recommendations. You should begin light walking at the beginning and the end of the day once you can stand. Additionally, you will need to follow the post-op diet which will begin with liquids and slowly reintroduce solid foods. Typically, patients will return to work after about a week.

Ensuring weight loss after bariatric surgery requires a fair amount of patient participation...

Tips for Successful Weight Loss

Even after you reach your weight loss goal, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reverting back to old habits like overeating can halt your weight loss and possibly even reverse the effects of your bariatric surgery. 

To continue enjoying the results of your surgery and experience long-term success, you should:

  • Develop a healthy relationship with food by seeing a nutritionist
  • Communicate with the Tijuana Bariatric Center follow-up doctor
  • Commit to a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise 

Patients who coordinate their treatment through Tijuana Bariatric Center receive regular support through the network of doctors so that they are taken care of throughout their weight loss journey.

The results can be transformative...

Before & After Bariatric Surgery

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Most patients who undergo a mini gastric bypass report losing 80 to 85 percent of excess weight

In addition to transforming the way you look, bariatric surgery can alleviate health issues like sleep apnea and diabetes, reducing the amount of medication you have to take each day and dramatically improving your quality of life

More Information about Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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. 

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.

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 after treatment provided through Tijuana Bariatric Center.

Tijuana Bariatric Center Dedicated to Excellence

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By undergoing your weight loss surgery through Tijuana Bariatric Center, you will receive unparalleled care:

  • Current infection rate is 0 percent 
  • Facilities are held to the same standards as those in the U.S.
  • Stunning results at affordable prices
  • Ethical and compassionate care 

To schedule your consultation, complete a request online or call (877) 638-9284.

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