Bariatric Surgery: What is a Surgery Revision and When Is It Necessary?

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Gastric Band has been a popular bariatric procedure in the last two decades. But it also has a high rate of patients experiencing side effects or inadequate weight loss. If unsatisfied with the results, you may opt for revision surgery to address complications or improve outcomes. A revision is often more complex than the initial procedure and requires a surgeon with exceptional skill and experience. Discover the facts, reasons, and gastric sleeve options possible with surgery revisions Frisco.

Understanding Revision Surgery

Patients of a bariatric procedure may fail to lose weight as expected. Complications or weight gain are also possible after the surgery. If there is weight gain even after adhering to positive lifestyle changes, revision surgery may be the best solution for long-term weight loss.

Before gastric sleeve surgery, many people would opt for the lap-band procedure to treat obesity. It involves tightening a band around the upper section of the stomach. As a result, the band makes patients feel fuller and faster.

But half of the patients experience some complications or poor weight loss outcomes in the long term. The causes behind the side effects may include:

  • The band slipping out of position
  • The band deteriorates
  • An infection spreads around the band
  • Irritation or inflammation of the esophageal

Signs you may need gastric band surgery revision

Lap band intolerance: Intolerance may cause vomiting, nausea, and difficulty swallowing. Another cause could be the band is partially blocking the esophagus. Timely treatment is crucial to prevent esophageal dilation.

Unsatisfactory weight loss: If you do not experience satisfactory results, even after adjusting your diet and lifestyle, the solution could be a revision. Poor outcomes may indicate gastric band defects that may require treatment to prevent complications.

Regurgitation or heartburn: Patients may regurgitate food or experience heartburn after gastric band surgery. If the heartburn is severe and does not respond to antacid medication, removing the band may help. A revision could also minimize the risk of esophageal inflammation, which may worsen if not treated promptly.

Complications after the procedure: The most common complications patients may experience include bleeding and gastric leaks. Revision surgery may be the best choice for treating chronic gastric leaks, which are difficult to treat with other procedures such as endoscopy.

Types of surgery revisions

A revision procedure may address complications and unsatisfactory weight-loss outcomes. Some of the options for revisions include:

Replacing Gastric Band with Gastric Sleeve: Dr. Stowers from The Bariatric Experts will remove the gastric band and check for gastric leaks and scars. About 75% of the stomach is trimmed to leave a banana-shaped sleeve after the surgery.

Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass: Replacing the band with a gastric bypass may be a more suitable solution for some patients. However, an initial assessment by our surgeon could determine the best procedure for long-term gains and overall health.

Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass revisions: If you experience nausea and vomiting after a Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve procedure. Dr. Stowers laparoscopic process allows the surgeon to access the stomach with minute incisions.

Most revisions are minimally-invasive procedures, crucial for preventing complications and improving weight-loss results. The surgery may help address other issues related to obesity, such sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and type-2 diabetes.

Find out more about our minimally-invasive revisions. Contact The Bariatric Experts today to book a consultation with Dr. Stowers.