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Does Your Bariatric Surgery Need a Revision?

You’ve had a long battle with being overweight or obese if you’ve already had bariatric surgery. Are you having uncomfortable symptoms, or have you simply gained weight again that you thought you wouldn’t? 

It may be time to investigate whether you need a bariatric revision.

At Turnquest Surgical Solutions, we have the experience you can trust. Dexter Turnquest, MD, and Victoria Chang, MD, are board-certified bariatric and general surgeons who’ve performed many bariatric revisions.

And it’s that experience you want. Research indicates that a bariatric surgeon’s experience is directly linked to the best surgical outcomes.

Dr. Turnquest’s bariatric program has been certified as a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Drs. Turnquest and Chang understand your struggle with weight is a chronic condition requiring lifelong vigilance and treatment. 

What are the reasons for bariatric revision surgery? 

About half the time, patients need bariatric revision surgery because they did not watch the amount and type of food they ate after the initial bariatric surgery. In other words, they didn’t lose enough weight loss after the initial surgery or gained significant weight afterward. 

It’s easy to fall off the wagon, especially if your life circumstances change. A recent survey found that more than 60% of Americans say they’ve gained weight during the pandemic. Being isolated and losing meaningful daily activities and social outlets has produced stress for many. 

On the other hand, you may be experiencing complications from your first surgery. There are numerous possibilities:

A common reason for bariatric revision in gastric bypass patients is acid reflux, while a common reason in vertical banded gastroplasty patients is staple dislodgement.

What’s needed prior to a bariatric surgical revision

To determine whether bariatric surgery is justified, we conduct a thorough examination of your medical condition, your medical history, and your medications. 

Are there underlying medical conditions that have led to the weight gain? We evaluate your nutritional health through a complete blood count, other lab work, and nutrient analysis. 

In addition to analyzing your physical condition, we provide a psycho-social evaluation as well. You and our team need to understand why you’ve regained weight and need to address the reasons before considering surgery. 

We need to assess whether you’re able to commit to the food intake requirements post-bariatric surgery.   

The type of surgery you may require depends on a number of factors. Each bariatric revision surgery is unique and depends on individual circumstances.

Contact us today at one of our Houston, Texas, locations if you’re experiencing problems from your bariatric surgery. We’re here to help restore you to health.

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