Signs You May Need Revisional Bariatric Surgery

revisional bariatric surgery imageWhen your weight is threatening your health, mobility, quality of life and longevity, bariatric surgery is often recommended. But it’s not a walk-in-walk-out and wait for the pounds to melt away kind of procedure. For the surgery to be successful, you have to do your part by eating a healthy diet, practicing portion control, and making exercise a regular part of your life.

Most people who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss experience significant changes in appetite and weight loss within the first couple of months. After a couple of years, an estimated 90 percent of all weight loss surgery patients have lost 50 percent of their pre-surgery excess body weight without gaining the weight back, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

But what happens if you don’t lose weight, experience complications, or notice that you’re eating larger and larger portion sizes again, despite your best efforts to stick to the plan? It could just be your body’s way of adapting to the lap-band, gastric bypass surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. But complications could also be signs something is wrong that can only be corrected with a follow-up surgery, also called revisional bariatric surgery.

You may need revisional bariatric surgery if you experience:

Weight Gain – You should gradually lose weight during the first 1 to 2 years after surgery, and then maintain your weight loss. Minor weight gain after initially losing weight is normal, but if you’re still gaining weight or start packing on the pounds again, check with your doctor.

No Change in Appetite – An effective bariatric surgery should improve satiety and help you control portion sizes. It’s not normal, if you’re always hungry and have the ability to eat as much food as you did before surgery.

Frequent Nausea/Vomiting – After your initial surgery, it’s not uncommon to experience some nausea and vomiting as your body adapts to changes made to your stomach. But it should only be temporary.

Stomach Pain – Recurring or constant abdominal pain after bariatric surgery is typically an indicator of a problem related to the initial surgery.

Heartburn – You may develop heartburn or acid reflux disease after certain bariatric surgical procedures. In many cases, acid reflux disease can be treated with dietary changes and medications. If these interventions don’t seem to help, revisional bariatric surgery may be necessary.

Difficulty Swallowing – If you’re having trouble swallowing after bariatric surgery, it’s probably not from trying to eat large pieces of food. If eating slowly, chewing your food well, and avoiding doughy breads and overcooked meats doesn’t help, you may need a lap-band adjustment, medication or revisional bariatric surgery.

If you experience any of these symptoms after bariatric surgery that don’t go away, or develop after a successful weight loss period, check with your doctor to find out if revisional bariatric surgery can help. Contact the team at New York Bariatric Group today at 800-633-8446 or click the Live Chat button in the top right of the page to learn more about our revisional bariatric surgery procedures.

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Signs You May Need Revisional Bariatric Surgery


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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