Why would one need a Revision Surgery?
A revision surgery after bariatric surgery is not commonly needed, but in some cases it is necessary to modify a prior weight loss surgery. If you have unresolved complications or if you have not achieved your desired weight loss, a revision operation might be right for you. Revision surgeries are usually more complicated than an initial bariatric surgery. The surgeons at Sage Bariatric Institute have performed over 15,000 bariatric procedures and are highly adept at the complexities these procedures can present.
Revision operations often convert the first procedure to one that is better suited for the patient. In these cases, revision surgery may result in a tremendous improvement for the patient. Patients may choose a revision from an older procedure to a new procedure for added impact on their weight. In some less-common instances, patients may have a complication from their original surgery that can be corrected with a revision. These procedures can usually be done laparoscopically (with small incisions). However, in some cases a large incision may need to be made in order to complete the operation safely.
What other options are available?
In some cases, weight regain from an original bariatric surgery occurs due to getting off track with bariatric guidelines in terms of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. In these circumstances, Sage Bariatric’s medical team can often help patients get back on track and can help them resume weight loss with medications, without needing revision surgery. Thorough evaluation of each patient is required to assess which patients need a surgical revision, medical therapy, or both. The advancement of medical options for patients has enabled us to combine these efforts to help patients reach their goal weight and keep it off.
Our program also works closely with the Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio and Texas PT Specialists, both of which are located in our building, to help patients approach obesity and weight regain from all angles. Our weight is greatly impacted by our psyche and our activity levels, as well as how much we eat, so being able to impact all of these areas is a tremendous advantage to our patients.
If you would like to know more about Weight Loss Revision Surgery, contact our San Antonio office.