A Second Look: Reasons for Revision Bariatric Surgery

Sep 30, 2016 — by Daniel Huacuz, MD
Tags: Revision Bariatric Surgery Complications

A man with a measuring tape around the stomachThe team at our Tijuana weight loss surgery center has the experience and know-how to help you achieve your weight loss goals. We want our patients lose that excess weight and lead a healthier life down the line.

Sometimes an initial surgery doesn't work, which is why revision bariatric surgery or a secondary/corrective procedure is necessary. We'd like to explore this issue in greater detail right now.

What Is a Revision Bariatric Surgery?

Revision bariatric surgery refers to a secondary procedure that corrects or revises and initial weight loss surgery. For example, say that a person underwent a gastric bypass that, for some reason, did not go as planned. A revision bariatric surgery will correct the initial procedure in order to address any sorts of issues that arose following the initial surgery.

Below are some of the broad reasons why the revision bariatric procedure is performed.

Medical Complications Following the Initial Procedure

Sometimes after an initial weight loss surgery, a patient will experience a serious medical complication of some kind. These include infections, gastric leakage, ulcers, and general mechanical failure of the bariatric procedure. To correct these complications and improve patient wellness, a secondary bariatric procedure is often ideal.

Adjusting the Initial Bariatric Procedure

Sometimes there isn't a drastic medical emergency that needs to be addressed through a revision procedure. In some instances, the initial bariatric procedure need adjusting. This could mean repositioning a gastric band or altering the size of a stomach following a sleeve gastrectomy. These adjustments can improve wellness and facilitate more efficient weight loss.

Lack of Long-Term or Lasting Weight Loss

While patients often achieve success through bariatric surgery, some patients are not as fortunate. Patients may not lose as much weight as they'd hoped to, for example. Or the weight lost may return down the road. When this happens, the revision will help the patient lose that excess weight so they achieve a more ideal body mass.

Significant Nutritional Deficiencies After a Procedure

Related to medical complications, some patients experience serious problems with malnutrition after they undergo bariatric surgery. They may not be getting the vitamins and minerals they need due to the change in their diet. In very rare instances, patients may be losing too much weight. In these cases, a revision surgery can help address some of these issues with diet and wellness. When applicable, a reversal surgery may be considered.

Each Revision Is Carefully Customized and Considered

If you do require a bariatric surgery revision, there are different options to consider. The ideal approach to addressing your needs will depend on the reason for your revision surgery and the initial procedure that was performed. We can go over these matters in greater detail with you during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

To learn more about bariatric surgery and how it can change your life for the better, be sure to contact our team of weight loss surgery experts today. We look forward to discussing your weight loss surgery options with you in greater detail.

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