Both Roux-en-Y surgery and mini gastric bypass surgery create a new stomach and alter digestion to limit the amount of food a person’s body can take in. Both reduce the size of the stomach and then restrict the absorption of the food you eat by bypassing a portion of the intestines. And, both result in faster and more effective weight loss.
So, what makes the mini gastric bypass surgery in Mexico different from the traditional Roux-en-Y surgery? It’s the procedure. In mini gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon cuts the stomach into a tube-like pouch to make a single connection instead of two connections or anastomoses. The pouch is connected directly to the jejunum or lower intestines, bypassing about 20% of the small intestine.
While regular gastric bypass surgery promises a higher expected weight loss, it carries a higher complication risk. This is why a mini gastric bypass surgery is considered safer. Another reason why many people with obesity prefer it is that it is more affordable, especially in Mexico, where healthcare costs are significantly lower. Considering getting this procedure? Then keep these two points in mind.
Find out if you are a candidate for the procedure.
Mini gastric bypass surgery is not the best weight loss solution for everyone. It is mostly recommended for patients suffering from mild to severe obesity with a BMI of 40 or a BMI 35 plus at least one obesity co-morbidity. If you have Gastro-Esophageal Reflux or Hiatal Hernia and type 2 diabetes mellitus, then this procedure can also be for you.
Choose the right surgeon/clinic
Make sure to do a lot of research about the hospitals and bariatric surgeons in the area before choosing one. Look for a leading hospital with a global accreditation or a doctor who has years of track record performing bariatric surgeries. Check the board certification, training, experience, and qualifications of the doctor and verify membership to the industry organization.