Are there any disadvantages to the mini gastric bypass?
The Mini comes with the same surgical risks as the Roux but the longer term risks are lower. There are few disadvantages and we are stretching a point to find them in the literature, but patients should consider the following;
- Patients appear to experience a little more nutritional deficiency in the very long term. That said, we think new surgical techniques, with a shorter limb of 150cm, largely overcomes this.
- Early studies showed an increase in acid reflux. The later publications don’t show this, and...
- There is relatively little data when compared to the Roux.
Set against the benefits these disadvantages seem very modest.
Who should consider Mini Gastric Bypass?
Patients with a body mass index ( BMI – check your BMI here) should consider the mini gastric bypass alongside the traditional gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. There are now very strong argument to select mini over both. At Healthier We apply a minimum BMI criteria of 35 to sleeve procedures and we would do the same for Mini. For patients experiencing significant health problems as a result of their weight, for example Diabetics, we would still favour the Roux-en-y bypass.
To better understand your options speak to our team on 0800 313 4618 or complete our enquiry form here. We’ll be able to answer your questions and schedule a face to face consultation, which free and with no obligation, to explain things in detail, face to face.
Is the mini gastric bypass preferable to the standard bypass?
There is no simple answer to this question as the procedure that is best for one patient will be different to another. It will depend on the patients weight history, medical history, starting weight/BMI, employment, etc. There is a lot we take into account when coming to a personal ‘recommendation’. There are other factors to take into account too, such as surgeon preference and the patient’s own preference. Very few surgeons in the UK have experience of the mini bypass so the is scarce availability. It is unlikely that you will be able to have it outside of a specialist centre such as our’s. The vast majority of private hospitals will not offer a Mini service.
Our advice is to speak to our team and meet with one of our surgeons to explore the details and decide if a mini bypass is right for you. We’ll help you through the process.
How much does it cost?
The price of the Mini gastric bypass is the same as for the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass. This is because the theatre time and stay in the hospital are broadly the same. Your package will include a comprehensive aftercare and support package including surgical warranty. In order to obtain a personalised quotation and to see the finance options that are available, please request a quotation here.
We provide formal personalised quotations so that enquirers are clear on what is included in our package. Several payment plans are available if you would like to spread payments over a period of time.
Read more about our finance plans here.