What Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Involve?
MINI GASTRIC BYPASS ( combined with Billroth II gastrojejunostomy )- YOUR GUIDE
We have found that a great number of people these days are searching for alternative and effective forms of weight loss. One of the fastest growing methods in the health, weight loss and medical communities is mini gastric bypass surgery. This type of surgery is most suitable for people who are classified as ‘morbidly obese’.
The vast majority of potential candidates for the surgery have already sought and tried many different ways to lose weight and have found they have had no success. If you fall into this category please keep reading to learn more about the mini gastric bypass and its many benefits.
A mini gastric bypass is a less invasive alternative to the standard gastric bypass, but produces similar results. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, which means the surgeon works through several small incisions and uses a tiny camera (called a laparoscope) and a television screen to guide special instruments through the incisions. The surgeon creates a narrow tube (as opposed to the pouch in a standard bypass surgery) and separates the remaining stomach with staples or stitches. The tube is connected directly to the jejunum (lower intestines), approximately six feet from the starting point.
This connection bypasses the upper portion of the small intestine (the duodenum) where the body absorbs most of the food’s nutrients. This means that when you eat a meal the food goes directly from the tube to the lower portion of the small intestines. This also means that you will only be able to eat much smaller portions of food. The second active part of the operation is that the bypassed portion of the small intestine decreases caloric absorption. Most mini gastric bypass patients experience an average weight loss of about 140 pounds – with their initial weight being situated around 280 – 300 pounds.
In the past the mini gastric bypass had the side effect that a few patients developed ulcers. However the technique has been improved greatly since the 1970’s.The surgery has been combined with a Billroth ii gastrojejunostomy. In plain language this means that the smaller stomach is different in form and the problems rising acid and helps to prevent acid. This improved version is called the BII Gastric bypass. There are also anti-ulcer drugs which prevent this being a problem any more.