Revisional Bariatric Surgery
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Revisional Bariatric Surgery

While the outcome of bariatric surgery is usually a positive one, some patients who have had gastric bypass or other types of weight loss surgery sometimes require a second, or revisional bariatric surgery to get the results they want and need.

Common Reasons for Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Not all bariatric surgery patients are satisfied with their weight loss after their initial surgery. Some patients, whether through a failure to change their lifestyle, a problem with the original procedure or the natural stretch of the stomach pouch or outlet, still struggle with obesity and need to seriously consider a revisional bariatric surgery. A revisional surgery might be an option if:

  • A bariatric surgery patient regains a significant amount of the original weight in the years following the initial surgery.
  • A patient did not experience substantial weight loss at all from the first bariatric surgery.
  • A patient, even after some weight loss, is still morbidly obese.
  • Complications, such as leakage or a slipped band, have resulted from the first bariatric surgery.
  • Severe side effects, such as persistent vomiting or ulcers, occurred after the first surgery.

Innovations in Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional surgeries have traditionally been considered higher-risk than initial bariatric operations, due to the presence of scar tissue from the previous procedure in the surgical area.

Fortunately, over the past 10 years, revisional surgery results have seen great improvement. New surgical tools and procedures available today give patients who have had a previous bariatric surgery several excellent options for revisional surgery.

Two of those new procedures, StomaphyX™ and ROSE (Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal), are used to correct stretched stomach pouches or enlarged stomach outlets. They are incision-free, usually done on an outpatient basis, and have a quick recovery time.

Experience Counts

Research shows that the best results from revisional bariatric surgeries are achieved by the most experienced bariatric surgeons.

If you had a previous bariatric surgery and are unsatisfied with your results, please contact our office today to discuss your options.