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After the last post regarding mini gastric bypass information, I thought it appropriate to include a little further in depth information on the procedure, as well as the positive and negative aspects surrounding it.

As previously mentioned, mini gastric bypass is a laparoscopic procedure, and a form of gastric bypass. It was developed by Dr. Robert Rutledge, a professor of surgery at UNC Chapel Hill in 1997.

Procedure: The procedure differs from general gastric bypass in that the stomach is not divided in two parts. Instead it is stapled on the less-curved side to form a tube; the tube is then directly attached to the small intestine. It is generally considered to be less cumbersome and involves a smaller alteration of the intestine as opposed to full bypass surgery.

Pros: Mini gastric bypass is laparoscopically done, so it is less painful for the patient. Furthermore, it is much quicker, and can be completed in as little as an hour’s time. The recovery is also speedy and the patient needs to stay in the hospital for a significantly smaller amount of time. Finally, it can be reversed, and is generally considered less risky in comparison to full bypass.

Cons: There are still significant risks involved with mini gastric bypass; these include blood clotting, leakage at the point of connection between stomach and small intestine, reaction to medicines, and bile reflux.

Considerations: Patients that have a Body Mass Index over 35 can be considered for this surgery. It requires strong commitment on the part of the patient, and still entails serious lifestyle adjustments. If you are considering mini gastric bypass, be sure to consult your doctor and follow his health instructions carefully.

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