For some people, bariatric weight loss surgery did not achieve the results they anticipated.
Why? Usually, for a combination of reasons, the weight came back on:
- They were unable to follow the post-op nutrition and exercise plan
- Additional health issues overcame the focus on weight reduction
- Previous procedures, such as gastric lap banding, may no longer be performing optimally
- They had emotional issues related to food which required more intensive therapy
- Life crises superseded the focus on weight loss
- Physical complications from the operation, which most commonly occurs with the lap band, prohibited successful weight loss
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For some people, revision bariatric surgery can be an ideal opportunity to reignite weight loss in order to ultimately achieve goal weight.
What is a Bariatric Revision Operation?
Revision bariatric surgery alters or repairs a previous operation. Most of the revisions we perform at Prime Surgicare are for patients who had medical issues after the operation, or were unable to manage the ongoing maintenance requirements for the lap band.
These patients often prefer to change to the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.
>>> Read more about how Alaina Garofalo Hickman changed from the lap band to the gastric sleeve and lost 100 pounds, eight months after surgery.
Revision Surgery General Criteria
To be considered for revision weight loss surgery, you should have one or more of the following qualifications:
- Significant weight regain
- First bariatric procedure is more than 10 years old and no longer performed
- Poor overall weight loss results
- Complications from the original operation such as:
- Staple line compromised (VBG or Roux-en-Y).
- Stomach band has dilated over time or has broken (VBG).
- Persistent vomiting or dumping
- Slipped lap bands (see below)
Gastric Lap Band Slippage
In the past few years, we have helped many patients who eventually sustained health issues, and a reduction in weight loss or weight regain, related to their lap bands. Symptoms include:
Food Consumption Changes
You may notice a decrease in appetite, being able to eat more than usual, or unexplained discomfort during and after eating.
Nausea or Vomiting
When the band on your stomach slips, it can be difficult for food to pass through. This may feel like there is food trapped in your prolapsed stomach. This sensation can cause your body to want to expel the trapped food, leading to vomiting.
Feeling heartburn-like symptoms is a sign that your stomach acids are coming back up your throat from the stomach (esophagus). This can lead to chest pain, bloating, burping, chronic hiccups and other GI discomfort.
Some patients with gastric banding slippage describe it as “something isn’t right” in their stomachs. They can complete normal daily tasks, but don’t feel normal.
>>> Learn more about lap band removal at Prime Surgicare
If You Gained Significant Weight After Bariatric Surgery, Call Us
Let’s have an in-person talk where you bring us up-to-speed about your situation. Then, together, we will formulate an action plan.
Contact Prime Surgicare’s bariatric team at 732-982-2002 in Freehold to make an appointment to discuss your bariatric weight loss status and what options might be right for you.
Register for one of our free monthly bariatric seminars or webinars for more information, or schedule a private consultation.
Dr. Seun Sowemimo and Dr. Bennet Togbe are board-certified and fellowship-trained, general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons in NJ. They specialize in minimally invasive weight loss surgery and general surgery procedures including diverticulitis, gallbladder and hernia conditions. They are the top NJ surgeons at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties.
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