Patient Journey

From beginning to end, the journey for a patient undergoing bariatric care is full of changes. It will require persistence and discipline, but in the end it is all worth it. Feel free to learn more about the patient journey.

What Is Bariatric Revision Surgery?

Bariatric revision surgery is performed to correct issues that may have arisen after a primary weight loss procedure. Although bariatric surgery typically results in a successful outcome with the patient losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, in some cases, clients need a revision because their results are no longer viable or didn’t go far enough to achieve their initial goals.

Reasons for undergoing revision surgery include the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Ruptured gastric bands
  • Staples that have been compromised
  • An enlarged gastric pouch
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Dysphagia

Revision surgery can be divided into the following types: 

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass revision – This procedure is performed to correct an enlarged gastric pouch. It can increase intestinal bypass and decrease stomach size.

  • Gastric sleeve revision – Here, the doctor can add a gastric band, recreate the gastric sleeve, convert the gastric sleeve to a duodenal switch, or turn the gastric sleeve into a gastric bypass.

  • Gastric band removal – If gastric bands are compromising your health, we can remove them and perform a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.

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Who Is An Ideal Candidate? 

While candidacy will be determined on a case-by-case basis during your private consultation with our team, there are some general qualifications that you should be aware of. Patients pursuing surgery should have already exhausted other weight loss measures such as dieting and exercise and should have a current BMI of over 35. Having health concerns related to your weight, such as sleep apnea, liver disease, and hypertension, may indicate the procedure is necessary. If you’re interested in a gastric bypass revision, you should take the time to understand the procedure in depth and know what is required of you in terms of your lifestyle both before and after your treatment. Our caring practitioners can assist you with a thoughtful discussion about your goals and expectations when you visit our office.

Why Do We Offer Bariatric Revision Surgery?

Often when someone chooses to have bariatric surgery and follows the after-surgery plan, they lose a significant amount of weight and they maintain this weight loss. However, treating obesity is similar to treating other diseases so the reality is that one treatment is not always enough. Sometimes a weight loss procedure will not lead to as much weight loss as the surgeon and patient hope for.

 In other situations, a patient will lose the weight but later regains some or all of that weight. If this has happened to you, you should not feel ashamed or consider this a personal failure. On the contrary, this is the time to contact an expert bariatric revision surgeon.