Gastric mini bypass, also known as mini gastric bypass or omega loop gastric bypass, is a type of weight loss surgery that involves creating a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting the small intestine to reduce the amount of food that can be eaten and absorbed.
During the procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch by dividing the stomach with staples. The small intestine is then rerouted and connected to the new stomach pouch, allowing the food to bypass most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This results in reduced calorie and nutrient absorption, leading to weight loss.
Like other weight loss surgeries, mini gastric bypass is typically recommended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of above 40, or those with a BMI between 35 and 40 who have health problems related to obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.
As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are risks associated with mini gastric bypass, including bleeding, infection, and complications related to anesthesia. It’s important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with your doctor before deciding if this procedure is right for you.