Is Mini Gastric Bypass Reversible? By Gaston Tessada on May 01, 2020

Surgeons performing mini gastric bypass on a patient in an operating roomWhen it comes to bariatric surgery, there are several different options available. Mini gastric bypass is a popular alternative to the traditional gastric bypass procedure. Performed laparoscopically, the mini gastric bypass requires smaller incisions. Therefore, there are fewer post-operative risks and patients can enjoy a much faster recovery time. Many of our Tijuana, B.C. patients want to know if mini gastric bypass is reversible. In this informative article, we will explore this topic in more detail.

Mini Gastric Bypass Reversal

Conventional gastric bypass surgery is not reversible because it is more invasive. Since mini gastric bypass is less invasive, this procedure can be reversed.

Reversal is possible because no part of the stomach is removed. Rather, the surgeon uses surgical staples to divide the stomach into two sections. The smaller portion is repositioned so that it connects to the small intestines. This section collects food while the remaining larger portion is bypassed. As a result, the absorption of nutrients and calories is significantly reduced. 

To reverse mini gastric bypass, the staples can be removed during a second surgery and the stomach is moved back to its original position.

When Should Mini Gastric Bypass Reversal be Considered?

Generally, mini gastric bypass reversal is not recommended unless serious complications arise. Reversal may be a viable option for patients who are suffering from infection or malnutrition. It may also be indicated if a hernia develops. Other side effects of mini gastric bypass that may warrant reversal include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Low blood sugar
  • Stomach perforations
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastric ulcer that will not heal

Mini gastric bypass is simpler and far less invasive than traditional gastric bypass. However, reversal still requires a second surgical procedure, which can often be more complicated. It is important to weigh your options carefully when considering this type of procedure. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of undergoing reversal so you can determine if it is right for you.

Risk of Weight Gain following Mini Gastric Bypass Reversal

Statistically, many patients regain a significant amount of the weight they originally lost after mini gastric bypass reversal. Even individuals who eat a healthy diet and incorporate exercise into their daily lives can still be at risk for weight gain following the reversal since the size of the stomach increases. When this occurs, the number of calories and nutrients absorbed also increases. 

If you are considering mini gastric bypass reversal, it is important to be aware of these risks. Communicate your concerns to your Tijuana, B.C. surgeon so that you can determine the next steps together.

Learn More about Mini Gastric Bypass at Oasis of Hope Bariatrics

For the right patients, mini gastric bypass is a wonderful option. It can help individuals lose weight safely and effectively and improve their overall quality of life. If you have had mini gastric bypass and think you may need a reversal, schedule a visit at Oasis of Hope Bariatrics in Tijuana, B.C. Contact us online anytime or call our office at (619) 304-7726.

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