Revision Bariatric Surgery
- What Is Revision Bariatric Surgery?
- Revision Bariatric Surgery Candidates
- Revision Bariatric Surgery Options
- Revision Bariatric Surgery Procedure
- Revision Bariatric Surgery Recovery
- Revision Bariatric Surgery Cost
What Is Revision Weight Loss Surgery?
Revisional bariatric surgery is the procedure performed on a patient who has previously had weight loss surgery and did not achieve the desired level of success. There is no one standard technique used, as each patient will have unique needs and goals. The revision approach will depend on the type of weight loss surgery performed initially, the patient’s health concerns, and the anatomical limitations imposed by certain surgical techniques. If you are considering revisional surgery, our extensively trained team of bariatric surgeons can help you identify the best path forward toward successful weight loss and improved health.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Revision Weight Loss Surgery?
Patients who can benefit from revisional bariatric surgery include those who have not seen significant weight loss with a prior bariatric procedure. If you already tried non-surgical weight loss balloons, LAP-BAND®, or gastric sleeve surgery without success, our experienced physicians can provide you with alternative options. Many patients come to us from other practices after experiencing dissatisfaction with their prior experience, and we have assisted them in finding a more suitable solution, as well as provided a comprehensive support system to aid in their results.
While extremely rare, sometimes patients experience complications and need to have their weight loss procedure reversed. If you experienced complications following a procedure at another practice, we will make every effort to help you find a solution to your concerns.
What Are My Revision Weight Loss Surgery Options?
If you tried weight loss balloons and require more significant weight loss, or if you have a gastric band in place, these reversible options can be removed and another procedure—gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery—can often be performed. If you have already had gastric sleeve surgery, this is a permanent procedure. However, it is still possible for you to convert that technique to a gastric bypass to enhance your total weight loss. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your prior treatment, your frustrations with the results, your lifestyle and habits, and other factors. Following the thorough evaluation, we can determine which procedure if any can optimize your outcome.
What Happens During the Revision Weight Loss Surgery Procedure?
The type of procedure and what to expect from the surgery will depend on the particulars of your previous weight loss treatment and your current health and lifestyle requirements. We offer a wide range of revision techniques, including VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) revision, BPD (biliopancreatic diversion) revision, and RYGB (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) revision. We will go over the details of your treatment plan with you at your consultation.
What Should I Expect During Revision Weight Loss Surgery Recovery?
While everyone heals at a different rate, you should expect to remain in the hospital for approximately two or three days before returning home, and out of work for about two weeks, potentially more. After this initial recovery time, you should be able to engage in many daily activities again, although you should avoid strenuous exercise and movements for at least six weeks, or as long as your physician recommends.
How Much Does Revision Weight Loss Surgery Cost?
The price of revision surgery will depend on the technique used, the complexity of your treatment plan, and other factors unique to you. Depending on your individual plan, your medical insurance should pay for most of your procedure, although you should speak with your insurance agent to confirm coverage. If you are working outside the medical insurance system, we can aid you in finding weight loss financing and payment options that can fit within your budget.
If you’re considering revisional bariatric surgery, please reach out to our medical team to learn more about your options and how Griffin Hospital can help you achieve your health and weight loss goals.