Gastric Revision Surgery – When Should You Revise Your Weight Loss Surgery?

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Weight Loss Surgery has always been used as a tool to achieve lasting weight loss and it’s a dream come true for lots of patients. Pounds of extra body fats seem to effortlessly drop along with dramatic health improvement.  However, there are situations whereby patients want a second chance by getting gastric revision surgery. 

Gastric revision surgery is a surgical procedure that is carried on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, and experienced complications from it or have not achieved the significant weight loss results they expected from the initial surgery. 

Apart from that, a patient may suffer from acid reflux disease, weight regains, worst food choices, falling off the exercise wagon or not being able to cope with permanent lifestyle changes that come with bariatric surgery. Another issue is weight loss surgery relapse, which sometimes happens years later.

In these situations, gastric revision surgery may help you to get back on track to resume their weight loss journey. Gastric revision surgery helps patients that undergo it to lose again and be able to treat certain symptoms. Some new stress or behavioral changes can cause you to gain weight. If your anatomy has changed over time, you may need to go for revision surgery. 

There are also situations where you may want to opt for another form of weight loss surgery. For example, you may want the same benefits of better results than gastric sleeve surgery has provided your friend with and have your gastric band removed to get them. You may have to remove the band used to divide your stomach if it slips out, becomes too loose or start leaking. 

If you went for Gastric Bypass, you may need revision surgery if pouch is enlarged or its outlet is too wide. If you are a Gastric Sleeve surgery patient, you will need a gastric revision surgery if you suffer from serious gastric fluid and the options here are a re-sleeve operation, a traditional Gastric Bypass surgery or a re-sleeve with duodenal switch. 

A surgeon will carry out a Volumetric CT Scan to diagnose the problem and determine the best surgical approach to solve it. There are different gastric revision surgeries but regardless of the method, revision surgery is not as easy as the initial weight loss surgery procedure due to thickening and scarring. It is necessary to get an evaluation first. 

The recovery time for a revision surgery takes a day or longer as you will have to stay in the hospital for two or three days to be monitored. However, you should be able to resume your normal schedules in a few weeks. 

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