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Are you ready to transform your life and regain control of your health and well-being? At Heartland Weight Loss Clinic, we understand that achieving significant weight loss can be a challenging journey. That’s why we’re proud to offer the mini gastric bypass procedure to our patients in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This innovative weight loss surgery performed by our bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ryan LeGrand, has helped countless individuals in our community break free from the cycle of obesity, lose excess weight, and enjoy a healthier, more active life.

What is Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Mini gastric bypass, also known as the one anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB), is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery that helps patients achieve lasting weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach and altering the digestive process. The mini gastric bypass is an alternative to the traditional Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure that uses a single connection to the small intestine, resulting in less complex and time-intensive surgery, with potentially lower risks of adverse side effects and complications.1 Studies have indicated that mini gastric bypass can often result in comparable or better weight loss results than traditional gastric bypass, as well as the resolution of obesity-related comorbidities.2

$11,999 Self-Pay Mini Gastric Bypass and Financing

Heartland Weight Loss Clinic is proud to provide an all-inclusive self-pay option for Mini Gastric Bypass as low as $11,999. This comprehensive price covers anesthesia, surgeon’s fees, and the surgical facility fee, offering an affordable pathway to transformative weight loss. Please note that travel and accommodation expenses are not included for patients traveling to Cape Girardeau, MO. Additionally, we offer convenient financing options through United Medical Care and CareCredit to help make your weight loss journey more accessible.

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Benefits of Mini Bypass

Choosing mini gastric bypass at Heartland Weight Loss Clinic comes with numerous benefits, including:

Lasting Weight Loss: Patients often experience substantial and sustainable weight loss.

High Safety Profile: The mini gastric bypass is known to be a safe procedure with a very low rate of serious adverse events (SAE).3

Improved Health: Mini gastric bypass can lead to the resolution or improvement of obesity-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

Quick Recovery: As a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery time is typically shorter compared to traditional open surgeries.

Enhanced Quality of Life: Patients can enjoy a more active and fulfilling life, free from the physical and emotional burdens of obesity.

Candidates for Mini Bypass

Mini gastric bypass may be suitable for individuals who have struggled with obesity and have not achieved long-term success with diet and exercise alone. Candidates typically include those with a BMI exceeding 40 or individuals with a BMI greater than 35 and at least one obesity-related comorbidity such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or diabetes.4 Our experienced medical team will evaluate your specific circumstances to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.

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How to Prepare for Mini Bypass

To prepare for a mini gastric bypass procedure, patients can expect to undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation, receive nutritional counseling, and consider preoperative weight loss if recommended. Lifestyle changes involving exercise and a healthy diet are encouraged. Smoking and alcohol consumption should be stopped, and medication adjustments may be necessary. A psychological evaluation may be conducted, and attendance at educational sessions or support groups is recommended. Patients should arrange postoperative support, fast before surgery as instructed, complete any required tests, and maintain clear communication with our healthcare team. Adhering to these steps is essential to ensure a safe and successful surgery and recovery. Our clinical team will guide you through every step, ensuring you are well-prepared both mentally and physically for the surgery.

The Mini Bypass Procedure

During the mini gastric bypass procedure, our weight loss surgeon, Dr, LeGrand, will divide the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch and reroute a section of the small intestine, connecting it to the new pouch. This process restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time and alters digestion, promoting significant weight loss. The surgery is typically a laparoscopic procedure performed through small incisions, resulting in shorter recovery times and fewer scars compared to traditional open surgeries. Mini gastric bypass surgery aims to reduce the absorption of calories and nutrients due to restricted food intake while also helping to resolve obesity-related health issues. Specific details may vary on a patient-to-patient basis, and Dr. LeGrand will ensure you understand the procedure and how it is tailored to your individual needs. The procedure typically takes around 1-2 hours.

Recovery After Mini Bypass

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Recovery from mini gastric bypass is a crucial phase of your weight loss journey. It involves a few days on a clear liquid diet followed by a gradual transition to soft foods over the initial weeks. Maintaining hydration and gentle physical activity is encouraged during this period. In the months following the surgery, patients progress to a regular diet, with a focus on portion control and nutrient-dense foods. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be required, and regular follow-up appointments with Dr. LeGrand are essential. Over time, patients can expect gradual and significant weight loss, with potential improvements or resolution of obesity-related health conditions. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with exercise and balanced nutrition is key for long-term success. Individual experiences may vary, so it’s crucial to adhere to the guidance provided by Dr. LeGrand throughout your recovery journey. Our team will provide detailed post-operative instructions, weight management support, and follow-up care to ensure a smooth recovery process. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks.

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Schedule A Consultation For Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

If you have questions or need further information on mini gastric bypass or our other surgical weight loss solutions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Heartland Weight Loss Clinic in Cape Girardeau, MO. We are here to support you on your journey to better health and lasting weight loss. To schedule a consultation with Dr. LeGrand, simply contact us, and our dedicated team will assist you in setting up an appointment. During the consultation, you can discuss your individual needs and we’ll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about our weight loss procedures.

FAQs About Mini Gastric Bypass

What is the primary difference between gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass?

The primary difference lies in the surgical approach and the extent of anatomical changes. In a traditional gastric bypass, a larger portion of the stomach is divided to create a smaller stomach pouch, and the small intestine is rerouted. In contrast, the mini gastric bypass (or single anastomosis gastric bypass) creates a smaller stomach pouch with a single connection to the small intestine, which results in a less complex rearrangement of the digestive tract.

Are the weight loss outcomes similar between the two procedures?

Both gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass can lead to significant and sustainable weight loss. Long-term outcomes may vary from person to person.

What are the advantages of choosing mini gastric bypass over traditional gastric bypass?

Mini gastric bypass is often considered less invasive and may have a shorter operating time, which can result in a quicker recovery for some patients. Additionally, mini gastric bypass may have a lower risk of complications such as internal hernias.

Are there any potential drawbacks to mini gastric bypass compared to traditional gastric bypass?

While mini gastric bypass has its benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Some individuals with specific medical conditions or anatomical factors may be better candidates for traditional gastric bypass. It’s important to consult with Dr. LeGrand, an experienced bariatric surgeon who can assess your unique circumstances and recommend the most appropriate procedure for you.

Can mini gastric bypass surgery be reversed?

Yes, mini gastric bypass can easily be reversed, revised if necessary, or converted to another bariatric procedure.5

Are there any dietary restrictions after mini gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, there are dietary guidelines to follow after surgery. You will receive a guide book with detailed instructions. Initially, you will need to consume a liquid or pureed diet before gradually transitioning to solid foods. Portion control and choosing nutrient-dense foods will be essential for long-term success.

Will I need to take supplements after mini gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, it’s common for patients to require supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, after the procedure to ensure proper nutrition. Our medical team will provide guidance on which supplements are necessary for your specific needs.

What other types of weight loss options do you offer?

We offer a range of weight loss procedures at our clinic, including non-surgical medical weight loss programs and weight loss injections, as well as surgical procedures including sleeve gastrectomy, traditional gastric bypass, and SADI-S. Our comprehensive approach allows us to tailor the treatment to your specific needs, considering your medical history, current health status, and weight loss goals. Whether you prefer a non-surgical approach or a surgical option, our experienced medical team is dedicated to helping you achieve lasting weight loss and improved health.

Does mini gastric bypass have any risks or side effects?

Mini gastric bypass does come with potential risks and side effects, including the risk of infection, bleeding, surgical leakage, nutritional deficiencies, ulcers, and gallstones.6 Long-term considerations include the need for lifelong dietary changes, the possibility of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and the potential for weight regain over time. It’s crucial to have a thorough discussion about these risks with Dr. LeGrand before undergoing the procedure and to follow all postoperative guidelines meticulously to minimize complications and ensure the best possible outcome. Regular follow-up with our healthcare team is essential for ongoing monitoring and support.

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