Why Revision Surgery is Sometimes Needed After Bariatric Procedures

People who receive bariatric surgery procedures sometimes need what’s known as revision surgery. This is an additional surgery that occurs months or even years after their primary surgery.

Although most patients achieve the results they’re looking for after just one bariatric surgery, a small number need the additional procedure.

If you’re thinking you may benefit from revision surgery, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and our team of bariatric health professionals here at Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston have some important information to share. Read on to learn why it may be beneficial and who should consider having it.

Reasons to have revision surgery

Dr. St. Laurent performs revision surgery for several reasons, including the following:

Complications from a previous procedure

Occasionally, complications occur as the result of a bariatric procedure. For example, patients may have a popped staple line or they may develop ulcers or a hernia. These complications can be eliminated or repaired with revision surgery.

Side effects from a previous surgery

Some patients experience unpleasant side effects from bariatric surgery, such as recurrent vomiting, abdominal pain, or reflux. If more conservative approaches to eliminate these side effects don’t work, revision surgery that converts to a different procedure may offer relief.

A slowdown in results

Sometimes your weight loss may plateau before you reach your goal. Having a second procedure may help you continue to lose weight.

Weight gain

Despite having an initial bariatric surgery, some patients gain weight. For them, an additional procedure may allow them to lose weight and get the results they desire.

Deciding to have revision surgery

If you could benefit from revision surgery, Dr. St. Laurent talks with you about your previous surgery and your weight loss goals. He examines you and asks you about your health history. He also performs an upper endoscopy that enables him to assess your previous surgery and your stomach anatomy.

Dr. St. Laurent also discusses any possible alternatives to revision surgery, such as making changes in your diet or exercise regimen. In some cases, modifying your lifestyle choices with the help of nutritional or fitness counseling, using behavior modification therapy, or participating in support groups can help you meet your goals without revision surgery.

Examples of revision surgery procedures

Once he has gathered enough information, Dr. St. Laurent advises you on whether revision surgery is right for you, and what type of surgery would best suit your needs.

The type of procedure he recommends depends on your specific situation. Examples of the types of revision surgery he may perform include:

Is revision surgery right for you?

To learn more about revision surgery, reach out to Northwest EndoSurgical to schedule a consultation with Dr. St. Laurent. Call our Houston office today or book an appointment online.   

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