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Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery in Tijuana

Obesity can not only make you self-conscious. It has been linked to serious health concerns, including heart disease and high cholesterol.

A mini gastric bypass performed in Tijuana, Mexico, restricts how much food you eat and changes how you absorb nutrients through intestinal rerouting.

What makes a mini bypass an excellent option for many?

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Benefits of a Mini Gastric Bypass

As you assess the various weight loss procedures, including the mini bypass, you may become overwhelmed by the number of options available. The best way to decide which is right for you is to speak with our staff during a virtual consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center in Mexico. During your virtual visit, we will detail the procedures we offer for significant weight loss and help you decide on the best one for your needs. The mini gastric bypass offers several benefits that make it attractive to some patients.

A Shorter, Safer Surgery that Can Improve Your Quality of Life


Reduced Risk of Complications

A mini gastric bypass is much more efficient than the traditional gastric bypass surgery, as your bariatric surgeon will take less time to perform this weight loss surgery. Less time in the operating room also minimizes your risk of complications.


Achievable Weight Loss Goals

After surgery, many patients lose a massive amount of weight. This often allows them to feel more confident and enjoy activities unrestricted.


Improved Health

By achieving a significantly healthier weight, you can improve your overall health. This can include lowering your cholesterol and in some cases even reversing type 2 diabetes.

Significant Weight Loss

Patients who undergo a mini gastric bypass usually lose between 80% and 85% of their excess weight and successfully keep that weight off long-term.

Decreased Risk of Co-morbidities

Perhaps the greatest benefit of mini gastric bypass surgery is the decreased risk for co-morbidities. Most candidates who undergo this procedure suffer from serious weight-related health conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and joint disease. Patients often see a significant reduction or elimination of these serious conditions as they lose their excess weight. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel better and have fewer health concerns?

Faster Recovery

As the procedure is one of the most simple weight-loss surgeries, you can expect the overall recovery to be quicker than for other procedures. Provided there are no complications, most patients are able to return to work in one to two weeks.

Fewer Risks

The laparoscope and smaller incisions used with the mini-gastric bypass also result in fewer risks. According to a 2012 study, the mini-gastric bypass procedure carries a lower complication rate at 2.9% when compared with traditional gastric bypass surgery.  Because mini-gastric bypass has one less anastomosis (connection of the intestines), which in theory means fewer chances of complications. The procedure reduces a patient’s risk for infection, hernia, and other complications that are experienced in patients who undergo traditional gastric bypass surgery.

Why Doesn’t Everyone Choose the Mini-Gastric Bypass Procedure?

Few surgeons are experienced in performing mini-gastric bypass surgery. In addition, little data exists on the long-term results for this weight loss surgery. Patients who are severely obese may require a traditional gastric bypass to achieve greater weight loss. The procedure is also contraindicated for patients who have severe acid reflux disease.

Find Out if Mini Gastric Bypass Is Right for You

Although it has a wide range of benefits, a mini gastric bypass is not suitable for all patients. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure and finding out if it is a good weight loss solution for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will evaluate your current weight and health and any previous weight loss measures you have tried to determine if a mini gastric bypass is right for you.

How is the stomach changed during a mini gastric bypass?

Do patients usually lose significant weight after a mini gastric bypass?

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How Does Mini Gastric Bypass Differ from Traditional Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Regular gastric bypass surgery involves more intestinal rerouting. Instead of making two anastomoses, or connections in the small intestine, your bariatric surgeon will only make one anastomosis that connects the new, smaller gastric pouch to the upper portion of the jejunum, the middle section of the small intestine, allowing food and digestive juices to mix sooner. This bariatric treatment allows the body to absorb more nutrients than regular gastric bypass surgery. Mini gastric bypass takes about 50 minutes less to perform than Roux-en-Y.

So how do you know if you qualify?

Candidacy for Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery


Body Mass Index (BMI)

A gastric bypass is typically recommend for patients with a BMI over 40 or over 35 if you have other weight-related health concerns.


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Mini gastric bypass surgery increases your risk of bile reflux, so it is not generally recommended for patients with GERD. However, you may still qualify for a traditional bypass.



the procedure and throughout the recovery to reduce the risk of complications and promote dramatic weight loss.

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for Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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The procedure is performed laparoscopically...

Advanced Surgical Techniques

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What does the procedure entail?

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Step by Step:


Administer Anesthesia

To begin, anesthesia will be administered. This will allow you to enter a completely relaxed, unconscious state for the remainder of the procedure.


Divide the Stomach

To dramatically restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower pouch.


Reshape the Stomach

The upper portion is reshaped into a long thin tube that can hold a little less than a cup of food and is sealed off from the remainder of the stomach.


Reroute the Digestive Tract

The newly reshaped stomach is then attached to the small intestine and your incisions will be carefully closed.

What should you know about mini gastric recovery?

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about Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Like the Roux-en-Y bypass, the mini bypass is both restrictive and malabsorptive. This bariatric surgery encourages weight loss by limiting the amount a patient can comfortably eat and how much they absorb from the food. To restrict the stomach’s capacity, your surgeon will divide the organ into an upper and lower stomach pouch.

Mini gastric bypass surgery offers similar results to those of the traditional bypass. Patients often report losing up to 80% or 85% of excess weight and maintaining that loss with much lower rates of revision surgery.

Because the small intestine is responsible for breaking down and absorbing food, this rerouting makes a patient absorb fewer calories from each meal. Consequently, patients may experience substantial weight loss after treatment provided through Tijuana Bariatric Center.

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Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.

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