Important: The mini sleeve is not currently accepted by the World College of Surgeons consensus. Therefore, it is viewed as an unethical practice by many bariatric surgeons.
Mini sleeve vs. traditional gastric sleeve – Gastric sleeve surgery is similar but more effective than the mini version because twice as much of the stomach is removed. Studies show that the regular gastric sleeve procedure results in more significant and long-lasting weight loss. This effect is observed even after 3 to 5 years, with a higher number of pounds lost overall.
Compared to the mini gastric sleeve, the original sleeve gastrectomy is more effective obesity-related conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
Mini sleeve vs. endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty – The mini sleeve is sometimes confused with the sleeve gastroplasty procedure performed through the esophagus endoscopically. The endoscopic sleeve is a newer procedure that does not require any incision. Unlike the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the mini VSG is performed laparoscopically. However, both surgeries have been shown to be less effective than the standard laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, especially for patients with higher BMIs.
When choosing a bariatric procedure, the mini-VSG is a less invasive, less effective weight loss procedure. However, it gives patients the opportunity to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle and develop wholesome habits in the long term.
Mini Sleeve vs. Mini Bypass – The Mini Gastric Sleeve can be easily confused with Mini Gastric Bypass by individuals looking to lose weight rapidly and permanently. Both procedures are performed laparoscopically; however, they are fundamentally different:
- Mini gastric sleeve is restrictive
- Mini gastric bypass is restrictive as well as malabsorptive
Google search engines often struggle to distinguish between the two weight loss surgeries.