Revisional Bariatric Surgery
After a person has weight loss surgery, there is always the chance that an additional surgery will have to take place. If it does, the procedure will be referred to as a revisional bariatric surgery. The purpose of a revisional surgery is to repair or improve the effects of the first surgery. At My Bariatrics Solutions, Dr. Stowers can help you determine whether or not you are in need of revisional bariatric surgery.
The main goal of weight loss surgery is to help a person lose excess weight. Most people who qualify for bariatric surgery have to be anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds overweight. The surgery itself is intended to result in a person eating less, which results in losing weight; however, the effectiveness is not always obtained the first time around. When this happens, revisional bariatric surgery will be needed.
It is not uncommon for a person to lose weight after the initial bariatric surgery procedure only to then hit a plateau in which more weight cannot be lost; this is one of the most common reasons that a person chooses to go back for a revisional bariatric surgery. Two other common reasons for a revisional surgery include medical issues and co-morbidities that did not get resolved.
At My Bariatrics Solutions in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Stowers prefers to perform revisional bariatric surgery laparoscopically. In doing this, there is minimal scarring. It should be noted that a revisional surgery does pose risks just as any other surgery would, and because revisional surgery goes back to the site of a previous surgery, the risk for infection is increased. People who tend to be good candidates for revisional bariatric surgery are those who have lost weight since their first surgery, but have yet to reach their weight loss goal. These people also tend to be at low risk for surgical complications.
Types of Revisions
There are several types of revisions that are performed by Dr. Stowers at My Bariatrics Solutions, including the following:
- LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve
- LAP-BAND over Gastric Bypass
- LAP-BAND to Gastric Bypass
No matter the type of revisional bariatric surgery being performed, the results will vary from one person to the next. There are two things that will largely determine the effectiveness of the procedure, a patient's commitment and compliance with the aftercare program.
To learn more about revisional bariatric surgery, please complete the online contact form or call 940-539-9105.