Bariatric Revision Surgery
After a person has weight loss surgery, there is always the chance that an additional surgery will have to take place. If it does, the procedure will be referred to as a revision bariatric surgery. The purpose of a revision surgery is to repair or improve the effects of the first surgery. At The Bariatric Experts in Denton, Texas, our bariatric surgeons can help you determine whether or not you are in need of revision bariatric surgery.
The main goal of weight loss surgery is to help a person lose excess weight. Most people who qualify for bariatric surgery have to be anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds overweight. The surgery itself is intended to result in a person eating less, which results in losing weight; however, the effectiveness is not always obtained the first time around. When this happens, revision bariatric surgery will be needed.
It is not uncommon for a person to lose weight after the initial bariatric surgery procedure only to then hit a plateau in which more weight cannot be lost; this is one of the most common reasons that a person chooses to go back for a revision bariatric surgery. Two other common reasons for a revision surgery include medical issues and co-morbidities that did not get resolved.
At The Bariatric Experts, we ideally like to perform revision bariatric surgery laparoscopically. In doing this, there is minimal scarring. It should be noted that a revision surgery does pose risks just as any other surgery would, and because revision surgery goes back to the site of a previous surgery, the risk for infection is increased. People who tend to be good candidates for revision bariatric surgery are those who have lost weight since their first surgery but have yet to reach their weight loss goal. These people also tend to be at low risk for surgical complications.
Types of Revisions
There are several types of revisions that are performed by The Bariatric Experts, including the following:
No matter the type of revision bariatric surgery being performed, the results will vary from one person to the next. There are two things that will largely determine the effectiveness of the procedure, a patient’s commitment and compliance with the aftercare program.
To learn more about revision bariatric surgery, please complete the online contact form or call 940-577-2090.