Bariatric Revision Surgery
You might be interested in bariatric revision surgery for several reasons – failing to lose as much weight as you would like or need to, or maybe gaining weight back again. As the disease of obesity is chronic, it would be unreasonable to expect one intervention to solve this problem for all patients. Likewise, if the disease is only partially treated, then you may be a candidate for further intervention depending on your risks compared to the benefits.
You might also need a revision if you are experiencing complications of the primary operation such as diarrhea, malnutrition, unexplained abdominal pain or ulcers. Many times, with the proper treatment and follow-up, we can avoid another operation. But if it’s necessary, we can perform revisionary procedures laparoscopically, even if your first operation was done open, with a large incision.
Revisionary surgical procedures are complex and highly individualized. The risks are much greater than a primary operation, but the benefits could be much greater as well. Not every bariatric surgeon feels comfortable or has the experience to perform revisionary surgery. Certainly, the average general surgeon should not attempt revisionary bariatric surgery, except in an emergency. Be advised, having a revision procedure done by an under-trained surgeon is very dangerous. Our surgeons at Fresno Bariatrics are well trained in the field of bariatric revisionary surgery and teach these types of procedures to providers all over the world. Rest assured, should you need a revision procedure, you are at the best possible place.