How Effective Is the Mini Gastric Bypass?

SmartShape Weight Loss Centre

Are you considering the mini-gastric bypass as a weight loss solution? Perhaps you’re curious about how it’s performed and why it’s often a more effective alternative to the traditional bypass. If you have a BMI of 35 and above, and you’re prepared to make changes in your eating habits and lifestyle, then keep reading! In this article, we assess the mini gastric bypass (MGB) so you can determine whether it is the right weight loss procedure for you.

What Is the Mini Gastric Bypass?

Based on the gold standard and traditional gastric bypass, The Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB) is a very effective modern treatment for morbid obesity, first performed in the U.S. in 1997 by Dr. Robert Rutledge.

The 60-minute procedure works by restricting the amount of food you eat and then re-routing the intestines to reduce the absorption of food. However, it offers several advantages over traditional gastric bypass surgery.

How Does the MGB Compare to the Gastric Bypass?

The mini gastric bypass is a less-invasive alternative to the standard gastric bypass, performed through several small incisions using a tiny camera called a laparoscope. First, the upper part of the stomach is stapled to form a thin banana-shaped tube, which becomes the new “mini-stomach.”

This new tubular stomach is then joined (anastomosed) to the intestine, bypassing up to 200cm of the upper part of the intestine. This procedure differs from the traditional gastric bypass which requires two connections (anastomoses) as opposed to just one, resulting in shorter operating times. With excellent long-term weight loss, minimal pain and lower risk of complications, the mini-gastric bypass is fast becoming the more popular procedure.

How Is Weight Loss Achieved through the MGB?

Many patients experience more durable weight loss outcomes and often complete remission of obesity-related comorbidities during the first six months after having an MGB.

This is achieved through a restriction, as the new gastric pouch can only hold a small quantity of food, and through malabsorption as the single anastomosis allows food that enters the “mini-stomach” to pass directly into the intestine at the new lower level, which decreases the amount of nutrients absorbed.

Are There Any Risks and Complications?

As with any surgical procedure, it’s always important to understand what the potential risks and complications are before proceeding. Below is a comprehensive list detailing the range of possible complications that, although rare, could occur:

  • Minor risk of infection or leakage between the staples connecting the new stomach pouch and intestines
  • Risk of anemia (low haemoglobin) caused by low iron levels
  • Nutritional deficiency (life-long use of supplements and vitamins are recommended for all patients)

The SmartShape® Difference

Since 2005, the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre has helped thousands of individuals by providing permanent weight loss solutions. SmartShape offers effective weight loss procedures, along with revision surgery, and we are one of the few private clinics in Canada to offer the mini-gastric bypass.

Speak to one of our Patient Advisors today to learn more about the mini-gastric bypass. Call (888) 278-7952 or request a free consultation using our online form.