Who should consider revision bariatric surgery?
If you had bariatric surgery, but several months or years later have the following symptoms, you may need revision surgery:
- Weight regain
- Failure to lose significant weight
- Medical complications
The doctors at Turnquest Surgical Solutions do a thorough review of your medical history, lifestyle, and current situation before recommending revision surgery.
Why do some people regain weight after bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery can lead to a weight loss of 60-80% of a person’s excess weight, but not everyone experiences the same results. Up to 15-35% of patients regain significant weight or fail to lose enough weight following a surgical procedure.
These patients must be diligent in maintaining dietary and lifestyle changes to get the most out of their results, but this isn’t always possible.
You may undergo extreme stress, job or relationship changes, or you’re not able to exercise -- all of these factors can affect your ability to commit to a strict weight-loss plan.
For some patients, their anatomy changed after surgery, and they need revision to repair this change. You may also choose revision if you had an older form of the procedure and want to shift to a more updated surgical procedure that yields greater results.
What is involved in bariatric revision surgery?
The exact procedure depends on what surgery you had initially and your current health status. You may replace a LAP-BANDⓇ, for example, because it’s slipped or loosened over time.
Revision surgeries may include sleeve gastrectomy, in which a portion of the stomach is removed to decrease the size and amount of food you can tolerate.
You may also choose to revise your first procedure to a gastric bypass that redirects the small intestine to a small pouch, bypassing the larger part of the stomach.
Which revision surgery will I undergo?
Before recommending a specific surgery, the doctors look at your current life situation and run tests, including an X-ray of the esophagus and stomach.
The revision surgery appropriate for you depends on whether you have any scar tissue from previous surgeries and whether you’re at risk for acid reflux.
If you think you may be a candidate for revision bariatric surgery, call one of the locations of Turnquest Surgical Solutions to speak to the friendly staff or schedule a consultation using the online tool.