A few years ago, you had bariatric surgery with successful results. It’s a great option for those suffering from excess weight and obesity. But now? Well, life happens. For even the best patients, it’s hard to continue a strict diet and exercise routine. Things change, and your anatomy may change as well.
It is possible to regain some weight several years after a successful weight loss surgery. You may realize that the volume of food you have been consuming has increased, which means that your gastric pouch or “sleeved” stomach may have increased as well. The result is weight regain, and the answer may be revisional weight loss surgery.
What is revisional weight loss surgery?
Before discussing revisional surgery with patients, it is important that we ensure that the weight regain is indeed caused by something other than simply overeating. To help with this, patients should come to our office prepared with a food journal detailing a week or more of meals and exercise.
Once the determination has been made that it is not a behavioral issue, we will discuss surgical options. For patients who need help getting back to the right kind of post-bariatric diet, we offer a comprehensive back-on-track program.
A revisional surgical procedure will be undertaken only when all other options are exhausted since there is a greater risk of complications. Which revisional option is the best fit for you will depend on your specific situation and what surgery you had initially.
To determine this, we may perform an upper GI study, which is an x-ray of the esophagus and stomach. This will allow us to evaluate the general shape of your anatomy and make a plan based on that information.
What to expect after revisional weight loss surgery
Once your revisional weight loss surgery has been completed, your recovery time may be a little longer than it was with your original procedure. This increased recovery time is because revisions involve dealing with scar tissue and altered blood supply. You may have to stay in hospital for two to three days to be monitored. Most patients do resume their normal schedules within a couple of weeks.
For many patients, a revisional weight loss surgery is almost like a second start. They typically have a renewed commitment to proper diet and exercise, which makes a significant difference long-term. But it is important to mention that obesity is a chronic disease. While weight loss surgery and revisional weight loss surgery can be life-saving, they cannot be counted on as cure-alls. Success depends so much on your lifestyle and nutrition.
It is also important to remember that a revisional bariatric procedure should only be performed by a qualified surgeon experienced in this type of procedure, such as our Birmingham Minimally Invasive surgeon, Dr. Jay Long. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about the surgical options to correct weight regain.
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