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Dec 21

Center for Weight Loss Surgery

Get the Facts About Revision Surgery

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Get the Facts About Revision Surgery

Every year, more and more patients consider undergoing bariatric surgery. For most, weight loss surgery is a life-changing experience that has numerous health benefits and myriad positives.

However, the initial surgery is, in some cases, just the first step of the process—which means a revision surgery may be needed.

Why Revision Surgery?

Though the vast majority of patients see substantial, long-term weight loss following bariatric surgery, for some, the first surgery may fail to provide the desired results. In these cases, a revision may be necessary to achieve a satisfactory outcome. If you’ve already undergone one weight loss surgery but are finding it difficult to reach your health and weight goals, you may be a candidate for revision surgery.

A small number of patients may also experience complications from their initial bariatric surgery which may be resolved through a revision.

Revision Surgery Options

Your revision options will depend on several factors, including the type of initial bariatric surgery and your current physical condition. If you decide to consider revision surgery, you’ll undergo a comprehensive patient evaluation—which will include an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and other diagnostic studies—to determine your eligibility.

Revision options may include the following:

  • Adjustable gastric band (AGB) to vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), duodenal switch (DS) – either traditional or single anastomosis (DS-SA or SIPS) or gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) to DS or  DS-SA (SIPS). For some patients with a very high starting BMI, the DS is performed as a two-stage procedure, with the sleeve gastrectomy first to jump-start weight loss.
  • Revision of prior gastric bypass (proximal to a more malabsorptive gastric bypass or duodenal switch)
  • Conversion from prior anti-reflux operation to sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch or gastric bypass

Fortunately, most revision operations are performed laparoscopically or robotically, which means that revision surgery can be much less invasive than the initial procedure. That said, open surgery may, at times, be required depending on the amount of scarring from the prior surgery. To determine your specific needs, it’s a good idea to consult your surgeon for a one-on-one consultation.

Learn More About Your Revision Surgery Options

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery can help you discover a healthier lifestyle outdoors. We assist clients in Seattle, the Eastside, and surrounding areas of Washington, maintain fitness and eating goals after weight loss surgery. We invite you to attend one of our free informational seminars to explore the different surgeries available. Please call us today at (253) 815-7774, toll free (877) 815-7774, or complete our online form, to arrange your consultation!

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