What Is Revision Surgery? Why Have It After Bariatric Surgery?

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Bariatric surgery typically has great benefits for patients who undergo the procedure. However, it’s not perfect, and a select few patients end up seeing few results or end up with some complications.

For this reason, revision surgery becomes an option.

What Is Revision Weight Loss Surgery?

Revision weight loss surgery is a procedure that is intended to correct issues that have arisen as a result of bariatric surgery.

Typically, patients with little weight loss after a certain amount of time will have a revision weight loss surgery. But there are other reasons why patients might get it done.

How Is Revision Surgery Done?

Depending on the surgery you had, your revision surgery will work slightly differently.

Gastric bypass revision surgery could be done if you’re not losing weight with a gastric bypass or are dealing with other issues

Vertical banded gastroplasty revision surgery is typically redone with a new procedure.

Lap band revision surgery often results in the removal of the lap band, with a sleeve gastrectomy being performed instead.

Why Would I Need Revision Surgery?

If you have had issues as a result of bariatric surgery, a revision surgery might be necessary.

These issues could include:

  • A large gastric pouch
  • A slipped gastric band
  • A fistula between the stomach pouch and the bypassed stomach
  • Or, if you have a medical complication such as:
  • Malabsorption that results in bone loss, anemia, or vitamin deficiencies
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Buildup of scar tissue

Or, if your comorbidities such as Type 2 Diabetes or hypertension have not improved after the surgery.

Am I eligible for
weight loss surgery?