Bariatric Revision Surgery, Am I A Candidate?

Many Americans that have undergone bariatric surgery have complications.  There are many factors that contribute to the why and how a patient has complications.  This could be because the patient’s anatomy has changed over time, they may have had major life changes that caused extreme stress and anxiety, or the surgeon may have used a technique that wasn’t right for their body.

Some patients gain their weight back over time.  It is important to understand that obesity is a chronic disease, you must treat the disease in mind and body to conquer it.  It is important to look at what the patient has gone through since they started gaining the weight back.  Did they have a big life event that caused stress, did they have a job change that makes going to the gym or eating healthy a challenge? Is the patient getting enough protein and still seeing the dietician? Are they taking their vitamins?  Have they come back for follow up visits with their surgeon every year? These are all important factors we look at when trying to see where the patient’s mind and body are and how we can get the patient back on track.

Occasionally a patient’s anatomy plays a huge factor in how they respond to bariatric surgery.  They may develop reflux or start vomiting after eating.  Some patients complain of abdominal pain or port pain from their lap band.  They may stop losing weight completely.  This is more cause for concern and may require surgical changes to adjust to their body’s needs.

Dr. Dyslin is an expert at bariatric revision surgery.  He can offer compassionate care for patients and help them understand what is happening to their body.  He offers lap band removal, band to sleeve, band to bypass, sleeve to bypass and can treat hernia issues due to bariatric surgery.  Don’t suffer another day with your failed surgery, we are here to help.  Make an appointment today by calling 817-832-7227 or schedule online:

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When Should You Consider Anti-Reflux Surgery?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the sphincter muscle at the bottom of your esophagus fails to close tightly due to damage or weakness. As a result, you get food and stomach acid regurgitating into your esophagus.

If you have GERD, you know all too well how irritating and painful this experience can be. You endure inflammation as a result of the regurgitation, which causes burning chest pain and leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

When noninvasive therapies fail to resolve, or at least lessen, your symptoms of GERD, you may consider therapy. Take a moment to explore what you can try first and then determine if you should consider Nissen fundoplication, or laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, or hiatal hernia surgery.

Who might consider surgery?

Dr. Dyslin works with you to resolve GERD with noninvasive strategies before even considering you for surgery. He may recommend antacids or prescribe medications to reduce acid in the stomach.

Other interventions involve your lifestyle. He recommends you quit smoking, lose excess weight, and eat smaller meals. Avoid tight clothing, especially types that bind your waist.

You also want to avoid acidic foods that irritate your esophageal lining. These include caffeine, tomatoes, high-fat foods, spicy foods, and mint. You may try to avoid lying down for 2-3 hours after a meal. Elevating your pillow by about six inches at bedtime can also relieve some cases of GERD.

If these treatment strategies fail, you may consider surgery. When symptoms become more frustrating than heartburn, you’re likely to need relief. GERD can cause bloating, vomiting, uncomfortable burping, unrelenting hiccups, nausea, and a chronic sore throat and/or cough.

Why resolve acid reflux?

Gone untreated, chronic GERD can cause esophagitis, characterized by ulcers and internal erosion of the esophagus. You may develop bleeding or scar tissue, which permanently impairs your ability to eat or drink.

What is anti-reflux surgery?

During laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, Dr. Dyslin creates an effective valve mechanism at the bottom of the esophagus. He either uses your stomach muscle or places a ring or other type of artificial valve to keep your acid tamped down into the stomach.

Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and usually carries a shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery.

Hiatal hernia surgery repositions your stomach if it threatens to push through your chest cavity. This hernia aggravates GERD because it prevents your diaphragm from keeping acid in the stomach, and it bubbles up your esophagus to cause heartburn.

Who is the best candidate?

The best candidates for laparoscopic anti-reflux surgeries have not had prior abdominal surgery, or they have small hiatal hernias. You may also benefit most if your GERD symptoms are prevalent when you’re lying down.

If you have chronic GERD that interferes with your daily life and enjoyment, call Trinity Bariatric Institute. We seek to help men and women in the Fort Worth area overcome digestive distress and lose weight with bariatric surgeries.

For more about acid reflux surgery or other options for GERD treatment, call our office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.