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What You Need To Know About Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Mini gastric bypass surgery development was designed to reduce operating time, reduce complications and simplify the surgical procedure for weight loss gains. It is considered to be more beneficial compared to the standard gastric bypass procedure and more people are considering the mini bypass to achieve their weight loss goals quick, easy and with reduced risks.

How it helps in shedding pounds

Weight issues are faced by lots of people in modern days, especially with unhealthy eating habits bow being more pronounced. Gastric surgeries make some of the more permanent methods of keeping the pounds in check because they make it harder for the body to have excesses to store as fats. The mini bypass helps the body shed pounds in three ways.

Mal-absorption – The small intestine remains responsible for the absorption of calories from ingested food. During the procedure, a portion of the intestines is bypassed thus meaning that fewer calories get absorbed and this aids weight loss.

Food restriction – Apart from reducing calorie absorption, this gastric procedure also restricts the amount of food one can eat. The stomach pouch is made smaller so that patients only need to eat small amounts of food before they feel full. Less food means less excesses and less fat storage.

Hormonal reduction – The ghrelin hormone is known as hunger hormone because it has significant effects on appetite. The gastric surgery drops the levels of this hormone in the body, thus greatly reducing appetite, which in turn aids weight loss.

The procedure

The surgery is relatively shorter compared to the standard gastric bypass surgery and takes less than an hour to complete. The stomach gets divided using laparoscopic stapler and most of it is detached from esophagus so it does not receive food; it is bypassed. The end result is a smaller stomach shaped like a tube.

During surgery, the length of intestines bypassed can be between the two feet to seven feet and he remainder of the intestine is attached to new stomach. Food flows into a small tube like stomach, bypasses the cinched intestines only resume normal digestion in remaining intestine part.

The recovery

The recovery process of the mini gastric bypass is relatively faster considering that it not as invasive. Usually patients may only need just a week to resume normal activities. After the surgery, belly pain is not uncommon, especially at incision sites where ports to access abdomen were inserted during the surgery.

Even though patients can leave the hospital in as short as 2 hours, they are required to follow strict diets. You may need to keep up with a liquid diet for the first two weeks after the surgery before introducing soft foods and going back to normal foods after a month.

The pain

Some pain, especially when you twist the torso is not uncommon after the surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to ease the pain out. Patients are encouraged to move around after surgery to manage the pain. Short walks are a good way to start before getting into a regular exercise routine to assist the body in making necessary adjustments.