Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

If you are interested in undergoing bariatric surgery but looking for a less invasive approach to traditional gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Liza María Pompa González offers mini gastric bypass surgery at LIMARP® in Tijuana, Mexico. This simplified procedure is not only more affordable and less extensive, but also involves fewer risks. Meanwhile, the procedure has helped many to achieve weight loss similar to what traditional gastric bypass surgery can provide. During your initial consultation, Dr. Pompa will perform a thorough examination to help determine which weight loss procedure will help you accomplish your health goals.

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery vs. Gastric Bypass Surgery

While traditional gastric bypass surgery takes about four hours to complete, mini gastric bypass surgery can be completed in less than an hour. Although both procedures help patients lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing the small intestines, the procedures differ in the extent of bypass. During a mini gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Pompa will bypass up to six feet of intestines. Another key difference is that the bile digestive enzymes are not diverted from the stomach. The exact amount differs from patient to patient and will be based on a variety of factors, such as your height, weight, and your weight loss goals.

Video: An Alternative to Gastric Bypass

The team at LIMARP International Center of Excellence for Obesity in Tijuana, MX, provides mini gastric bypass surgery as an alternative to the traditional procedure. While both procedures change the digestive system both physically and chemically, the mini bypass is a less invasive option. Like the traditional bypass, the mini is often recommended for patients dealing with obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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How Does Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

Mini gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically using the latest technology to ensure a safe and effective treatment. During the procedure, Dr. Pompa will make four to five small incisions ion your abdomen and insert a tiny camera to guide her in rerouting your digestive tract with laparoscopic tools. The laparoscopic approach requires only very small incisions, fostering a relatively fast recovery.

This procedure involves dividing your stomach into two sections: a small, narrow upper tube and larger lower pouch. The lower pouch is sealed tightly with staples, while the small upper pouch is connected to the lower portion of your small intestines (jejunum), about three to six feet from the starting point. By reducing the size of your stomach and bypassing the upper portion of your small intestines (duodenum), you restrict the capacity for food and calorie absorption. Together, this helps you feel fuller sooner and lose weight faster.

While mini gastric bypass surgery can help you achieve your weight loss goals quickly, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits through diet and routine exercise can help you experience long-term benefits.

Recovering from Gastric Bypass Surgery

Once the procedure is completed, you will be taken to a comfortable recovery room where our team will carefully monitor you over the next few days to ensure you are responding well to surgery. To help prevent blood clots and other complications, the doctor will have you stand and walk within a few hours after your procedure in addition to wearing compression socks.

Most patients are cleared to go home after two or three days. It is common to experience some soreness, swelling, and fatigue after the procedure, but following your post-op instructions and taking prescribed pain medications can help manage any discomfort.

For the first two weeks after surgery, you will be required to follow a liquid-only diet consisting of protein shakes, water, soup, and pureed foods. Depending on your ability to heal, you can typically return to solid foods four weeks after surgery. However, Dr. Pompa will recommend that you work with a nutritionist to ensure that you are consuming a healthy balance of protein and fruits and vegetables. Your stomach and digestive tract will be unable to handle unhealthy foods as before. The key to achieving lasting results is maximizing the nutrients you consume.

You can expect to return to work and normal activity two weeks after surgery, being careful not to lift anything over 10 pounds until cleared by the doctor. As your body adjusts, you may experience fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea. Over time, these side effects will subside and you will notice increased energy as you lose weight.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

Although there are fewer risks with mini gastric bypass surgery compared to traditional gastric bypass surgery, there is always a chance for complications when surgery and anesthesia are involved. These risks include:

  • Infection and leakage where the stomach has been dissected and stapled
  • Dumping syndrome” (food passing too quickly from the stomach to the intestines)
  • Nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and weakness
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Hernias and minor infection at the surgical site
  • Nutrient, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies due to a smaller stomach and bypassed digestive tract
  • Bile reflux gastritis due to not diverting the bile and digestive enzymes

Having your procedure performed by Dr. Pompa and the skilled team at our state-of-the-art surgical facility can significantly reduce your risk of complications.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Since opening our doors in 2002, we have performed over 3,000 weight loss procedures. During your procedure, Dr. Pompa will use advanced technology to ensure the safety and success of your surgery.

Choosing to undergo mini gastric bypass surgery to achieve your weight loss goals provides many benefits, including:

  • A shorter surgical procedure and faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • A cost-effective procedure
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Improved overall health and better quality of life
  • Reduced effects of severe health concerns associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, infertility, sleep apnea, and joint pain
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • More clothing options
  • The ability to engage in a greater variety of physical activities

While mini gastric bypass surgery can help you achieve your weight loss goals quickly, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits through diet and routine exercise can help you experience long-term benefits.

Accomplish Your Weight Loss Goals 

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Pompa at LIMARP, contact our office online or call (866) 585-3298. We are focused on helping you achieve weight loss and maintaining a new chapter of confidence and improved health. During an in-depth consultation with Dr. Pompa, she will carefully assess your candidacy for bariatric surgery and determine if a mini gastric bypass or other bariatric procedure is the best way for you to achieve massive weight loss.

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