How Long Does Mini Gastric Bypass Take?
More and more patients are undergoing mini gastric bypass surgery at Oasis of Hope instead of traditional gastric bypass surgery. It’s an effective weight loss procedure that reduces the stomach size while also rerouting the intestine to reduce calorie absorption, and it can be performed in a fraction of the time it takes to do the full surgery.
Many people who contact our Tijuana, Mexico practice ask Dr. Francisco Gonzalez just how long a mini gastric bypass takes to perform. Let’s cover the basics of that below, and discuss why treatment time is so important for patient safety.
Average Time for Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery
On average, the mini gastric bypass takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform.
Keep in mind that procedures can differ from patient to patient and from surgeon to surgeon. With that said, the procedure is usually completed within an hour, making it relatively quick and with a lower risk of surgical errors and complications during the procedure itself.
How Does This Compare to Traditional Gastric Bypass?
On average, a full gastric bypass surgery can take anywhere from two hours to four hours to complete. Again, the timeframe can vary from practice to practice and from patient to patient, but the difference in surgery times for the traditional gastric bypass and the mini gastric bypass is noticeable and dramatic.
This reduced surgery time is one reason why the mini gastric bypass has become so popular at our Tijuana weight loss surgery center.
Shorter Surgery Time and Lower Risk of Complications
Since a mini gastric bypass only takes one-half to one-quarter of the time of a traditional gastric bypass, it’s generally much safer for patients. In fact, the complication rate for mini gastric bypass surgery is just 2.9 percent, compared to 7 percent for traditional gastric bypass surgery.
Long-Term Recovery and Weight Loss
After undergoing a mini gastric bypass, patients will spend a night or two being monitored to ensure the surgery was a success. After leaving the facility, patients will be on a liquid diet, transitioning to solid foods over the course of the next few weeks. Weight loss will be rapid and noticeable in the weeks and months to come, eventually leveling out after a year or two.
The Results of Mini Gastric Bypass
The results of a mini gastric bypass can be dramatic. Studies have found that patients lose more than half of their excess weight by the end of 18 months post-surgery, with a potential loss of up to 90 percent of excess weight at the end of 60 months post-surgery. The benefits of the surgical revision of the stomach are enhanced by good eating habits, regular exercise, and other lifestyle improvements.
Is a Mini Gastric Bypass Right for Me?
The best way to find out if a mini gastric bypass is the right option for you is to discuss the procedure with a member of our team. We’ll be more the happy to asses your situation and make recommendations based on your current weight and your long-term health goals.
Contact Oasis of Hope
If you live in San Diego and are looking for a reputable and trusted bariatric surgery center in Tijuana, contact our skilled weight loss surgery specialists. You can reach Oasis of Hope by phone at (619) 304-7726. We look forward to your call.