Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Have you had an unsuccessful weight loss surgery? Have you dealt with complications due to a previous weight loss surgery? Has your weight loss following surgery been less than ideal? Have you regained your weight after bariatric surgery? Have you suffered from heartburn, reflux, abdominal pain, and bloating after weight loss surgery?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are in the right place!

I have often been asked “doc, am I out of options?” and the answer is NO! You are NEVER out of options!

Please take a few minutes to carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions below. It will help you understand the potential reasons behind your weight loss surgery issues and seek proper treatment.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. R.

Have you had an unsuccessful weight loss surgery? Have you dealt with complications due to a previous weight loss surgery? Has your weight loss following surgery been less than ideal? Have you regained your weight after bariatric surgery? Have you suffered from heartburn, reflux, abdominal pain, and bloating after weight loss surgery?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are in the right place!

I have often been asked “doc, am I out of options?” and the answer is NO! You are NEVER out of options!

Please take a few minutes to carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions below. It will help you understand the potential reasons behind your weight loss surgery issues and seek proper treatment.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. R.

What is a revisional weight loss (bariatric) surgery?

Revisional surgeries are surgical procedures designed to address issues related to previous procedures such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric banding.

Revisional surgeries are complex and highly specialized procedures that only a small percentage of bariatric surgeons are capable of doing these procedures properly. 

I had bariatric surgery in the past but never lost any weight. Do I qualify for revisional surgery?

Yes!

Chances are that your original weight loss surgery was not done properly. This is one of the most common reasons encountered for patients who fail to lose substantial weight following initial surgery. The issues vary, yet the most common encounters are incomplete removal of the gastric fundus (sleeve gastrectomy), very large gastric sleeve, large gastric pouch (bypass), slipped LAP-BAND®, or short Roux limb (bypass).

Luckily, most of these anatomical errors are easily identifiable by simple investigations such as barium esophagram and upper GI endoscopy, and, more importantly, they are fixable.

If your diabetes did not resolve following weight loss surgery and your weight loss was insignificant, there is a very good chance that your initial surgery was not performed correctly.

I had bariatric surgery in the past, lost a significant amount of weight after surgery, but regained it almost entirely back. Do I qualify for revisional surgery?

Yes!

There are several anatomical and behavioral reasons that can collectively result in weight regain following initial weight loss.

Anatomical issues, such as a dilated stomach pouch, gastro-gastric fistula (connection between the new and old stomach), dilated gastro-jejunostomy, and dilated jejuno-jejunostomy, are all correctable.

We work closely with you to fine-tune your diet and exercise habits.

Torrance Bariatric Institute, a concierge and patient-centered program, utilizes a multifaceted approach to both of the above-mentioned issues.

We craft an individualized “game plan” for each individual, as one size never fits all!

How does revisional surgery work?

Revisional surgeries work via mechanisms similar to the original bariatric surgeries, relying on a combination of anatomical (anatomical correction, i.e. fixing what is wrong) and metabolic (hormonal) changes in the body.

Can my sleeve gastrectomy be revised without conversion to gastric bypass?

It depends!

If your sleeve is large and dilated or if the gastric fundus (partially or in its entirety) is left behind, then yes! Your sleeve can be trimmed and revised.

However, if your sleeve is not dilated and you have a lot of reflux, then perhaps conversion of sleeve to bypass is more appropriate.

How much do I lose after revisional surgery?

The answer to this question greatly varies among individuals, mainly due to the underlying causes of weight regain.

In simple terms, the more we correct (correcting what is wrong), the more you lose.

If your sleeve is large and dilated or if the gastric fundus (partially or in its entirety) is left behind, then yes! Your sleeve can be trimmed and revised.

However, if your sleeve is not dilated and you have a lot of reflux, then perhaps conversion of sleeve to bypass is more appropriate.

Where do I start?

Call us today at (310) 326-3066 or click below to schedule your same-day, telemedicine or in-person appointment.
Our friendly team will walk you through A-Z in a hassle-free manner.

I live out-of-state. can I have my revisional surgery at Torrance Bariatrics?

Yes!

The majority of your work ups can be completed remotely. You can fly a few days before surgery and return home a few days after surgery.

Call us today at (310) 326-3066 or click below to schedule your same-day, telemedicine or in-person appointment.

Compared to initial weight loss surgeries, do revisional surgeries have higher risk of complications?

In general, revisional surgeries are more complex than original surgeries. However, if done correctly by experts, revisional surgeries can be done safely with very low risks or complications.

I had a revisional surgery that failed as well. Is there any hope for a second revision?

Absolutely. Yes!

There is always hope! At Torrance Bariatrics, we have helped countless patients with previous failed revisions. Each case requires proper investigation and due diligence before being committed to.

Call us today at (310) 326-3066 or click below to schedule your same-day, telemedicine or in-person appointment.

My question is not listed above. How can I contact you?

You can email us at info@torrancebariatrics.com.

Call us today! Or even better, click below to schedule an appointment!

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