At The Bariatric Experts, we work diligently to not only help you choose the right bariatric procedure, but our comprehensive program is designed to maximize long term results. We pride ourselves on giving our patients the necessary tools to get the most out of their weight loss journey, but it is not uncommon to reach a plateau for weight loss that falls short of the desired goal. This is the most common reason for revisional surgery, but some patients with medical and co-morbidity issues who do not see resolution can opt for revisional surgery, as well. Lastly, sometimes complications from the initial surgery arise and revisional surgery is needed to repair or improve the procedure.
Types of Revisions
There are several types of revisions we perform including the following:
- LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve
- LAP-BAND to Gastric Bypass
- Sleeve to Bypass
- By Pass Revisions
We ideally like to perform revisional bariatric surgery laparoscopically to minimize scarring. Because all our patients’ needs for revisional surgery are different, we carefully plan and tailor each revisional procedure to ensure the greatest chance for success.
What are the risks?
Just like any other procedure, revisional surgery does pose risks and should be thoroughly discussed with our team. Because this procedure goes back to the site of a previous surgery, the risk for infection is increased. Additionally, the risk for perioperational complications is higher than the initial procedure, but at The Bariatric Experts, you have entire team of surgeons and experts in the field who can help you decide when revisional surgery is needed.
Am I a candidate?
- Patients with failure of weight loss or maintenance of weight loss
- Patients who experience difficulty swallowing
- Patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Patients with band slip or complications
- Patients with internal hernia , leak or fistula
“The most common revision is from band to sleeve, which is a very successful and infinitely better surgery.”
Dr. Scott Stowers