Everything you should know about a Mini Gastric Bypass
What is a Mini Gastric Bypass, and why do you need extra vitamins afterward? Read all about it here.
What is a Mini Gastric Bypass?
A Mini Stomach Bypass, also known as One Anastomosis Bypass or Omega Loop Gastric Bypass, is a gastric reduction treatment. In a Mini Gastric Bypass, your stomach is reduced to a narrow tube (pouch). In addition, a detour (bypass) is made in your intestines. The surgeon connects the pouch directly to the small intestine. The bypass and smaller stomach mean that you can only eat in small portions and get full faster. Therefore, a Mini Gastric Bypass is an effective treatment against obesity.
What is the difference between a Mini Gastric Bypass and a Gastric Bypass?
A Mini Gastric Bypass is a variation of the Gastric Bypass. In both operations, the stomach is reduced in size, only the shape differs. Also, in both Mini Gastric Bypass and Gastric Bypass, you get a bypass in your intestines. So what’s different? In the Mini Gastric Bypass, the surgeon makes one new connection between the stomach and the small intestine. With a Gastric Bypass, there are 2 new connections. In the Mini Gastric Bypass, part of the small intestine (the duodenum and part of the fasting intestine) is rerouted and reconnected further down the line.
What changes in your body after a Mini Gastric Bypass?
After a Mini Gastric Bypass, food no longer enters the main part of your stomach. Also, the bypass eliminates part of your small intestine. Thus, food in the stomach enters the small intestine directly through the new gastric bypass. As a result, you eat less, are satiated faster and lose weight. Ghrelin also lends a hand. Ghrelin is the “hunger hormone” that signals your brain when it is time to eat. As a result of gastric bypass, you produce less ghrelin so you have less of an appetite.
In addition, your stomach produces less stomach acid after treatment. Stomach acid helps loosen nutrients from food. You also produce less intrinsic factor after surgery. Intrinsic factor is an important protein in the stomach lining. Without intrinsic factor, your body barely absorbs vitamin B12. Food intolerance is also common after surgery. It usually involves red meat, dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, rice, pasta and bread. Often this is temporary and you can eventually tolerate these foods again.
What are the pros and cons of a Mini Gastric Bypass?
- You lose weight and your health improves
- Type 2 diabetes can become easier to manage or even reversed
- Symptoms caused by excess weight decrease or disappear altogether
- The risk of dying prematurely is 30 to 40% lower after surgery
- Losing weight becomes easier because you eat less and absorb fewer nutrients such as fats and carbohydrates due to the detour in your intestines
- Your quality of life improves: 95% of people with a weight loss surgery agree.
- Due to the operation you eat less and you lose weight. On the other hand, you also miss out on important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause all sorts of health problems
- No operation is without risk. This also applies to weight loss surgery. After surgery, complications can occur such as vomiting, bleeding, heartburn problems, leaky gut, gallstones and dumping syndrome
- Obesity is not a problem that can be solved by surgery alone. A healthy lifestyle, mindset and the right diet are just as important to staying fit and balanced
- About a year after treatment, the production of the hunger hormone increases again. It’s really important to adopt healthy habits early on and to stick to them
Why do you need extra vitamins after weight loss surgery?
A weight loss surgery causes you to lose extra kilos, but it also implies that you take in and absorb less vitamins and minerals. And those are particularly important to feel good and stay fit. In addition, food intolerance after a Mini Gastric Bypass occurs. While yogurt and cheese are important sources of calcium. And meat for protein, vitamin B12 and iron. Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Then you can suffer from all sorts of symptoms. You have less energy, are more tired or feel down more often. Everyone needs vitamins and minerals. But this is especially true after a Mini Gastric Bypass because the chances of a shortage are high.
A multivitamin tailored to your surgery
We like to be open and honest: a multivitamin is not a miracle pill. It’s not a quick fix or replacement for healthy eating or an athletic walk. A multivitamin supplements vitamins and minerals. As an extra support. Every day it contributes to a healthy lifestyle. So that you remain powerful and balanced not only today, but throughout your life. Therefore, a multivitamin is not something temporary, but permanent.
Based on scientific research, we know that you need extra vitamin B12, folic acid and iron after a Mini Gastric Bypass. We have combined these vitamins and minerals into one multivitamin.
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