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What to Expect from Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Oct 01, 2014

Going in for weight loss surgery one time can be frightening enough. After all, most surgical options for weight loss are irreversible and they alter the body in an effort to help patients lose weight and keep it off. But, what happens when the first go around just doesn’t work quite right or have the desired effects?

In some cases, it might be decided that a second procedure is required to correct issues with the first or to further enhance the weight loss efforts. There are all sorts of reasons why revisional bariatric surgery procedures are performed, but it’s important to understand what to expect.

The decision to pursue revisional bariatric surgery must be carefully made between you and your doctor. Not everyone is a candidate for secondary surgery even if the results of the first aren’t quite what was expected. A reputable doctor will carefully consider your case on an individual basis and make the best recommendation possible.

If revisional surgery is indicated, there are some things you need to know. This type of secondary procedure does come with more risks than the first. These procedures tend to take longer and often involve open incisions, which can result in greater blood loss and a greater risk of infection. In addition, the results of secondary surgery are hard to determine and weight loss following can be more difficult.

In most cases, revisional surgery is only seriously considered when it is medically necessary. That means it is required to correct ongoing medical issues that the first procedure wasn’t successful in handling.

If you’re considering a second go-around with weight loss surgery, it is imperative to speak with a surgeon who has expertise in revisional procedures. Make sure your doctor fully understands your case and your reasons for wanting the second procedure. Work together to make the best possible decision in your unique circumstance, but do take the time to weigh all the potential risks and benefits.