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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 305-310

Current status of mini-gastric bypass

1 Bariatric Unit, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland, UK
2 Department of General Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Kamal K Mahawar
Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.181352

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Mini-gastric bypass (MGP) is a promising bariatric procedure. Tens of thousands of this procedure have been performed throughout the world since Rutledge performed the first procedure in the United States of America in 1997. Several thousands of these have even been documented in the published scientific literature. Despite a proven track record over nearly two decades, this operation continues to polarise the bariatric community. A large number of surgeons across the world have strong objections to this procedure and do not perform it. The risk of symptomatic (bile) reflux, marginal ulceration, severe malnutrition, and long-term risk of gastric and oesophageal cancers are some of the commonly voiced concerns. Despite these expressed fears, several advantages such as technical simplicity, shorter learning curve, ease of revision and reversal, non-inferior weight loss and comorbidity resolution outcomes have prompted some surgeons to advocate a wider adoption of this procedure. This review examines the current status of these controversial aspects in the light of the published academic literature in English.


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