Revision weight loss surgery

Revision Weight Loss Surgery

Over time, patients who have undergone bariatric surgery may experience complications or begin to regain weight.

In order to help patients stay healthy and maintain their weight loss success, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent offers revision weight loss surgery.

Are you looking to revise a previous bariatric procedure? Trust your care to one of the most experienced surgeons in or near Houston, TX...

Revision weight loss surgery

​The Benefits of Revision Surgery

Continued Weight Loss

If you have started to regain weight after your initial surgery, or you have reached a plateau in your weight loss, revision surgery can help you continue to lose weight at a healthy rate.

Address Complications

Previous surgeries can lead to mild complications, like acid reflux, or serious complications, like stomach obstruction. Also, the stomach pouch can expand over time after a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. Revision surgery can address these issues to increase your long-term health and comfort.

A Fresh Start

Sometimes, patients see great weight loss results for a couple years after bariatric surgery, but then they start to regain weight. Maybe they've let their healthy habits slide, or maybe life changes have increased their stress levels. Whatever the reason, a revision surgery can provide a refreshed approach that helps patients renew their commitment to healthy living.

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Drew 16202

December 2019

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Dr St Laurent was amazing. My experience here with his staff and procedure was a very easing and smooth process. I highly recommend him for anyone who is thinking about getting any of the bariatric surgeries done.

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Ann Donaldson

December 2019

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Dr. St. Laurent is very thorough in his explanation and takes the time to answer every question.  The staff is excellent and makes me feel safe and successful on my journey.  They’re a great team!!

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Experienced Bariatric Revisions Schedule a Consultation Today

Are you experiencing complications from gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND, or some other gastric surgery? Have the weight loss results of your previous bariatric surgery been unsatisfactory or unsustainable? If so, a surgical revision from Dr. Matthew St. Laurent at Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, TX, could help you.

To learn more about how Dr. St. Laurent can revise your weight loss surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our bariatric practice today. To schedule a consultation, please fill out an online form or call:

(281) 301-1404

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What to Expect During Your Consultation

Dr. St. Laurent will find out as much as possible about your previous bariatric operation, as well as your weight loss experience, to determine what might have gone wrong. You will also:

  • Undergo a medical examination
  • Be asked about any medications you are taking
  • Evaluate the anatomy with an upper endoscopy or barium swallow
  • Have medical tests ordered if necessary

You may be required to keep a food diary for around two weeks and then bring it back for review. This will help Dr. St. Laurent determine whether changes in your diet might address your concerns.

Should Dr. St. Laurent decide that a second gastric procedure is the best recommendation, he will then give you pre-operative instructions to follow. These may include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Modifying your diet
  • Eliminating certain medications

In some cases, Dr. St. Laurent may identify a non-surgical approach to your weight loss issues. Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, TX, offers non-surgical weight loss programs, and we have the ability to work with patients who are looking for less invasive options.

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What Can Be Revised?

If you are experiencing complications or unsatisfactory results from any kind of bariatric surgery, Dr. St. Laurent can evaluate your situation and determine if a second surgical procedure could address the problem. The most common types of revisions performed at our practice in Houston, TX, are:

Gastric Sleeve Revisions

Over time, patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery may experience two common issues: regular acid reflux and expansion of the stomach. Both of these issues can be addressed by converting the gastric sleeve to a gastric bypass or duodenal switch

Gastric Bypass Revision

A common reason for revising a gastric bypass surgery is the expansion of the gastric pouch. Dr. St. Laurent can address this issue with a variety of laparoscopic methods, including a pouch reduction or bypassing more of the intestine to reduce the amount of calories absorbed. A bypass procedure can also sometimes be revised to a duodenal switch.

LAP-BAND Revision

LAP-BANDs can tend to slip or loosen over time, leading to reduced weight loss. For qualifying patients, Dr. St. Laurent is able to either revise the band or remove it entirely and convert the weight loss surgery to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.

There Is Hope after Failed Results

A patient who has already undergone weight loss surgery may be interested in revision surgery for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is regaining weight post-operation, and the second is a complication due to the original procedure. Dr. St. Laurent can convert a current procedure that is no longer working or causing issues so that patients can reach their goals.

LAP-BAND to Sleeve Revision

Dr. St. Laurent demonstrates how to perform a LAP-BAND® to sleeve revision. After removing the LAP-BAND®, he then excises a substantial portion of the stomach to form a thin tube or sleeve. Because of the reduced size, patients are satisfied with less food and gradually experience less hunger overall.

Gastric Sleeve to Bypass Revision

Dr. St. Laurent performs a gastric sleeve to bypass revision. The sleeve is first trimmed down to its original size and stapled shut. During the gastric bypass, the intestines are re-routed to reduce how much is absorbed from each meal.

Gastric Bypass Revision

Dr. St. Laurent performs a gastric bypass revision for a previously failed procedure. The stomach is trimmed down to reduce room for food. The re-routing of the intestine is then revised to ensure that the connections are sealed flush.

VBG to Bypass Revision

Dr. St. Laurent demonstrates VBG to bypass revision surgery. Making small incisions in the abdomen, he can remove the portion of the stomach that was originally stapled off and re-route the intestine. As a result, the patient once again can satisfy hunger with less food and absorb fewer calories.
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Dawn Butler

2018

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Love him. He doesn't just do your exam, he educates you. I was not rushed at all, he sat and listened and explained exactly what he was going to do. 

I highly recommend him.

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Francisco Martinez

2018

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Dr. Laurent and staff work extremely helpful. They were happy answer my questions. They gave me great reassurance and guidance and I would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Dr. Laurent.

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Bariatric Surgery Revision Recovery

Some patients may require a slightly longer hospital stay than they experienced after their initial weight loss surgery due to the more difficult nature of these procedures. Even so, most patients are able to return home the following day, provided they are able to tolerate their postoperative diet and walk short distances. After revision surgery, you may need to have help getting around your home or performing household chores. You can gradually increase your activity to normal levels, which typically takes around six weeks.

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With a commitment to healthy lifestyle habits, revision surgery might be the best tool to help you finally achieve–and maintain–your goals.
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Northwest EndoSurgical

At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

To schedule a consultation, book online or give us a call at (281) 301-1404.

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