Even though modern technology, extensive surgeon training, and cutting-edge techniques are highly successful, there can still be issues with weight loss surgery. The surgery may cause complications in some patients, the results may not last long, or it may not be successful. If this is the case, revision surgery may be required.
What is revision surgery?
Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is a popular option for losing weight and it can drastically improve the quality of life. However, in some cases the results may not last long, be unsuccessful, or cause certain complications. These individuals are candidates for bariatric revision surgery, which aims to either improve or fix the issues from the initial surgery. Not all candidates with prior unsuccessful bariatric surgery will be suited for revision surgery, so speak with your doctor to determine if this route is right for you.
Some health funds will cover revisional surgery such as a gastric bypass revision or a gastric sleeve revision. Please check with your health plans for details.
What are the indications for bariatric revision surgery?
Revisional bariatric surgery may be required for patients who had unsuccessful initial surgeries due to reasons such as:
Post-surgical medical complications
Weight regain after achieving weight loss goals
Unsuccessful resolution of co-morbidities such as diabetes and hypertension
What are the risks of revision surgery?
Revision surgery is associated with more risks than the first time surgery. Your surgeon will consider the probable risks and benefits, then make a suggestion for the appropriate surgery.