An option at the time of Gastric Sleeve surgery is to have a device called the MiniMizer Ring (MMR) placed around the top of the newly-sleeved stomach. The aim of the MMR is to prevent the Sleeve stomach from stretching in the future. After surgery the sleeve will normally stretch a small amount over time but in some cases the sleeve stretches much more than expected and hence the MMR is designed to ‘regulate’ the volume of the stomach. As a result, the risk of weight regain can be reduced in these cases.
The MiniMizer Ring looks like a soft cable-tie and is made out of medical-grade silicon. It is placed
around the top of the stomach loosely so you should not feel it.
It is possible to have the MiniMizer Ring placed around the top of your stomach after your
surgery (i.e. a few years later) but more common to get it at the time of your initial operation.
At SBC, MiniMizer Rings can be used for sleeve and bypass surgeries.