Although mini gastric bypass surgery takes less time and is generally considered a less invasive type of operation than the normal RNY operation, many people wonder if this makes the procedure less safe. The following facts should answer these questions.
Because no large incisions are made, due to the use of a laparoscope, any risk of hernia or larger scars is greatly reduced. However, there are other differences too.
The main one is that it’s completely different to the traditional Roux-en-Y procedure, or RNY for short. Made into a narrow tube, the stomach is then attached to the smaller of the two intestines roughly 6 feet from where it begins.
Since the stomach is made so much smaller than it was before the procedure, it means that nowhere near as much food can be ingested. The other part of the procedure is with the small intestine itself – once the bypass has been carried out, there’s a sharp drop in the amount of calories that can be consumed as well.
This results in many patients losing around 140 lbs, which is about half the weight they carried pre-bypass.
Since it leads to a much healthier person, mini gastric bypass surgery has far more benefits than risk. Yes, there are risks involved, like any operation, yet complications arising from the procedure are as little as 5%.
However, despite this, it shouldn’t be taken lightly – it’s something that only the clinically obese should really consider, and you should be aware that it will alter the way you live your life.
One of the things that needs to be understood about any gastric bypass, mini or traditional, is that you need to be in it for the long haul. It can take well over a year, almost 16 months in fact, to really see all the benefits that a bypass can offer. Although it will help you lose weight, it’s not an instant fix, and shouldn’t be seen as such.
Therefore, you need to have the strength to see any diet and exercise plans through, as well as heed the advice from your physician after the bypass has been carried out. However, the benefits are huge if you can see this time out – healthier heart, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and many more. This is something to keep in mind during the long months of recuperation.
The only real problem with mini gastric bypass surgery is that it’s still seen as a fairly new procedure. Because of this, insurance companies are reluctant to include it on your insurance cover; one of the reasons for this is that they believe it to be a symptom of biliary reflux gastrtritis, so you should make sure you’re covered first.