Since weight loss surgery continues to grow and evolve so rapidly, we are learning that some of the operations done in the past may need to be revised or changed to help patients achieve their long term goals. Patients who had a weight loss operation done in the past and have regained their weight or have had significant problems from their surgery may be eligible for a revisional surgery.
Revision weight loss surgery operations are increasingly more common. Revision weight loss surgery can happen to any primary weight loss surgery if the patient develops complications such as recurrent vomiting and reflux, if the stomach anatomy enlarges or if the mechanical device (such as the Lap Band, Vertical gastric Band) ceases to provide restriction or causes problematic symptoms.
Revision weight loss surgery operations are also common for patients whom were lost to follow up and not eating properly or making behavior changes. We take this type of weight loss surgery revision on a case by case basis.
Once a thorough work up is complete including imaging, upper endoscopies, swallowing studies and a visit with the dietician a decision for surgery is made. If we feel that we can help improve your life by changing the primary surgery, than we will make every effort to help you.
Insurances occasionally cover revision surgery, however, not in all cases. Our staff will be able to help you navigate any insurance hurdles that you may have. Rest assured, our staff will advocate for you!!
Revision surgery can be done using the Robot or laparoscopically. On rare instances the operation may need to be converted to an open surgery if that seems the safest way to complete the revision bariatric surgery. It is very uncommon for us to convert to an open operation.
Revision bariatric surgeries are considered more complicated and a higher risk for a complication due to the body’s natural scar tissue and adhesions formation in the abdomen from having primary surgery. Scar tissue and adhesions can form anywhere in the abdomen.
Revisional weight loss surgeries we commonly perform at BMI of Texas include: