Stuck in a Weight Loss Plateau? Here’s How Bariatric Revision Surgery Can Help

Weight Loss Plateau, Bariatric Revision Surgery, Northwest EndoSurgical

Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience significant weight loss after their surgery. They are pleased and excited with their results. However, sometimes people hit a plateau, meaning their weight loss levels off before they reach their final weight goal.

For patients such as these, bariatric revision surgery may allow them to achieve the results they’re looking for.

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and our team at Northwest EndoSurgical here in the Houston area are experts in all types of bariatric surgery, including revision surgery. We can help you decide whether a second surgery makes sense for you. Here are a few things you should know about this important surgical option.

Reaching your goals

Revision surgery is additional bariatric surgery performed months or years after your primary surgery. Having a second procedure may help you continue to lose weight so you can achieve the body shape you desire.

Patients may have various options when undergoing a revised bariatric surgery. For example, a patient may have a “re-sleeve” revision to reduce a stretched stomach after previous gastric sleeve surgery. Or a patient who originally had a gastric sleeve procedure may opt to convert to gastric bypass or duodenal switch surgery.  

Several types of revision surgeries are available at Northwest EndoSurgical, including the following:

Preparing for revision surgery

If your weight loss has plateaued after bariatric surgery, Dr. St. Laurent talks with you about your goals, your overall health, and your treatment options.

Before considering more surgery, he may suggest that you meet with one of our staff dietitians to determine whether changes to your eating or exercise plan may effectively move you beyond your weight loss plateau. Sometimes modifications to your lifestyle and eating habits can eliminate the need for a second surgery.

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, you and Dr. St. Laurent can explore your revision surgery options. He may order procedures, such as an upper endoscopy, to evaluate your previous surgical anatomy. He also discusses any other health issues that may play into the decision of whether to have more surgery.

If a revision procedure is the right choice, you receive specific instructions on how best to prepare for your surgery, such as modifying your diet, quitting smoking, and eliminating certain medications before your operation. But remember, don’t adjust any of your prescriptions unless advised to do so by Dr. St. Laurent.

Paying for surgery

Keep in mind that insurance companies typically require more stringent documentation before they agree to pay for bariatric revision surgery. Our team works with you to make sure your insurance company receives the right paperwork.

What to expect

Your revision surgery may result in a somewhat different experience than your original bariatric surgery. A repeat surgery may be more difficult because of the formation of scar tissue in your stomach area.

Because revision surgery is sometimes more complicated than primary surgery, you may require a slightly longer hospital stay than you had after your initial procedure. Any changes in your medical condition may also impact your reaction to surgery.

Even so, you’ll probably return home after only a few days. As with your initial procedure, you’ll need help getting around and performing household chores. It takes most people about six to eight weeks to resume normal activity after surgery.

Is revision surgery for you?

To learn more about bariatric revision surgery and whether it’s the best option for you, contact Northwest EndoSurgical to schedule a consultation with Dr. St. Laurent. Call our Houston office today or book an appointment online.   

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