Mini gastric bypass surgery is a simpler and less invasive procedure than traditional gastric bypass surgery. Using a laparoscope, a surgeon forms the stomach into a narrow tube, which is then attached directly to the small intestine about six feet from its starting point. This allows food to bypass the initial highly absorptive section of the small intestine. Though less invasive, the mini gastric bypass surgery is still a procedure that comes with risks and complications. For long-term weight loss success, it is also necessary for the patient to follow a healthy lifestyle.
The difference between mini gastric bypass surgery and other surgical weight loss procedures is that it is reversible. This is an extraordinary advancement compared to other weight loss surgeries, which require much more post-surgery attention. This has made it easier for people to fully recover from the surgery and gives people the option to have the surgery reversed. The ability to reverse the mini gastric bypass is a great advantage for people who are not recovering well or responding well to the surgery. In these cases, the patient can get the surgery reversed and resort to alternative weight loss options.
Compared to other surgical weight loss procedures, mini gastric bypass surgery takes less time to perform. In some cases, it may only take a quarter of the time that a more traditional procedure requires. The mini gastric bypass surgery usually takes about 30 minutes to complete and the recovery time in the hospital is about 24 hours. Of course these times may vary depending on the doctor, hospital, and a patient's response to the surgery.
Because a laparoscope is used, the procedure is less invasive and poses fewer risks. The surgeon doesn't have to make large incisions in the abdomen, which reduces the risk of having scars or developing a hernia. As with any surgical weight loss intervention, it is important to talk to your doctor about the appropriateness and risks of mini gastric bypass surgery.
Compared to other surgical weight loss approaches, the mini gastric bypass is less expensive because it is a much quicker procedure and is less invasive than traditional surgical weight loss procedures.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of this surgical weight loss procedure is that it can successfully lead to weight loss by decreasing hunger while increasing the feeling of being full. Understandably, these are ideal conditions for someone that is trying to lose weight. However, a healthy diet and regular exercise are still important for successful long term weight loss; even with surgery, there is no miracle way to lose weight and keep it off.
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