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Revisional Surgeries

Revisional Surgeries for Weight Loss

Generally, patients lose a significant amount of weight in the first year or two after bariatric surgery. However, it’s just as hard to maintain that weight loss as it is to lose the weight in the first place.

Most often, weight regain is a result of less than ideal dietary and exercise choices and can be corrected with a series of consultations with our nutritionist. If we’ve ruled out the possibility of lifestyle deficiencies causing lack of weight loss or significant weight regain, we can begin to consider a follow-up surgical procedure to correct it.

It’s always recommended to maintain follow-up appointments with your bariatric care team, or transfer your care to a trusted bariatric practice if you relocate. This not only helps keep you on track with your goals, but also helps to keep a close eye on anything that may be happening with your body. In some cases, weight loss can stall or regain can occur due to an anatomical change after surgery that requires surgical correction.

It is important to note that bariatric patients should expect some weight regain over the longer term.

Considering a Secondary or Revisional Bariatric Procedure

There are added risks associated with follow-up procedures, especially if you are in less than ideal general health. Before considering a follow-up bariatric procedure, it’s important that we rule out lifestyle causes such as overeating or under-exercising as a reason for weight regain.

If you are considering a follow-up bariatric procedure, you don’t need to attend the information seminar. Please call us at 919-350-WELL to schedule a consultation with our office. Our surgeons will require your operative note from your previous bariatric surgery and will evaluate your particular situation to offer the best solution for your circumstance.

Revisional Procedures

Among the procedures we offer include:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy Revision: As one of the simplest primary bariatric procedures, there are multiple options for sleeve revision.
  • Gastric Band Revision: Adjusting or removing a gastric band, or conversion to another bariatric procedure, is available.
  • Gastric Bypass Revision: Some gastric pouches can be made smaller, or the small bowel can be further bypassed.

 
Cost Considerations for a Revisional Procedure

Some insurance policies include revisional options while some do not. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with the details of your policy. We do offer self-pay pricing for all revisional procedures.