Bariatric Surgery

When Surgery Doesn’t Work: The Need for Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Aug 01, 2017

It isn’t uncommon for us to see patients who have had a failed bariatric procedure in the past, or a weight loss surgery that has not allowed them to reach their weight loss goals. In some cases, a particular procedure may result in inadequate weight loss and, as a result, the inability to resolve conditions connected to obesity. In other cases, failed weight loss surgery may result in medical and physical conditions that need to be addressed.

What many patients may not know is that revisional bariatric surgery is an option that may help resolve medical issues related to obesity and help them get on track with their weight loss goals. Revisional surgery is to change or modify a prior bariatric surgery and in many cases is medically necessary and could be covered by insurance.

Watch Dr. Nick explain the need for revision surgery following the LAP-BANDⓇ procedure:

A failed bariatric procedure may cause you to have symptoms such as:
• weight gain
• severe acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• diarrhea
• ulcers
• anemia
• severe constipation

The doctors at the Nicholson Clinic are experts in bariatric revision surgery. They perform the following revisional procedures:

LAP-BAND® to Sleeve Revision: LAP-BAND didn’t give you the desired results? Or perhaps you are experiencing complications that are causing you discomfort and preventing you from maintaining your weight loss. Most of our patients are switching over from the LAP-BAND®  to the Gastric Sleeve to reach their weight loss goals.

LAP-BAND® Removal: Ready to get the band removed but not sure about another procedure? We would be happy to discuss your options for LAP-BAND® removal. We will make the process as effortless as possible.

Gastric Bypass Revision: Gastric Bypass revisions are very complex procedures, as such, it is important to select a surgeon with a high level of experience. Our bariatric revision experts and would be happy to meet with you to see if a Bypass revision is a good option for you.

Gastric Sleeve Revision: If Gastric Sleeve has failed to achieve lasting or desired weigh loss, a patient may elect to have a Gastric Sleeve revision, followed by Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch.

If you have had a failed bariatric surgery in the past, contact us today to learn more about how we can help. We will assign an insurance advocate to you that will negotiate with your insurance company to cover the procedure if possible, and/or ensure any out-of-pocket costs to you are as low as they can possibly be.