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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Obesity- Severe Risk With COVID-19

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be an international public health emergency.  People with obesity-related conditions are at risk and can develop more severe symptoms with COVID-19.

In general, there are many health risks associated with morbid obesity.  Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 or higher and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.  Most people with obesity have other underlying conditions such as: Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Heart Disease, Liver and Gallbladder disease, Respiratory problems and difficulty breathing with small amounts of exertion and walking.  These conditions also make it harder for a person’s body to fight infection.

If you are overweight, losing weight may prevent or delay the onset of these conditions.  Losing weight and staying active will help control your blood sugar levels and keep your body strong.  Staying active is important while social distancing.  There are many online exercise programs and walking in your neighborhood is a great way to stay active.  Did you know that just taking a walk for 20 minutes a day can decrease your chances of developing underlying conditions with obesity?

More than 100 million Americans are at a higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19.  At Trinity Bariatric Institute, we want to keep you safe, educated and above all, healthy.  If you are looking to lose weight, call us today.  We are still open and caring for patients that are ready to lose weight for good and make a life change.



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When Should You Consider Revision Weight-Loss Surgery?

Obesity is a chronic condition that continues to plague the American population, despite our ever-growing knowledge and understanding of its numerous adverse health effects. At his practices in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, Dr. David Dyslin realizes that as you go through life, it’s not always easy to manage your weight, even if you’ve had bariatric surgery in the past.

When your first bariatric procedure doesn’t lead to the significant weight loss you envisioned, or if you’re having gastrointestinal issues, it may be time to consider bariatric revision surgery.

When should you revise weight-loss surgery? Dr. Dyslin offers reasons you may be a good candidate for a second surgical procedure.

Complications from previous lap band surgery

While only a small number of individuals require a bariatric surgery revision, it’s often because of unmanageable digestive issues like acid reflux or persistent vomiting. Several years ago, lap band surgery was a popular procedure to assist with weight loss. A lap band is an adjustable silicone band that goes around the top of your stomach to restrict the amount of food you can take in.

Over time, if the lap band slips out of place or loosens, you may experience digestive problems, or regain the weight you’ve previously lost. According to research, nearly 70% of men and women who have lap band surgery don’t lose the amount of weight they set out to lose, and after about 10 years, they either regain the weight they’ve lost or need to have the band removed for health reasons.

Chronic acid reflux after a sleeve gastrectomy

Some men and women experience chronic acid reflux problems after having a sleeve gastrectomy. A sleeve reduces your stomach size down to a pouch that’s up to 80% smaller than your original stomach. If you’ve tried to tame acid reflux with diet and lifestyle changes, but you still suffer from symptoms, you may be a good candidate for a weight-loss revision surgery.

If your surgeon didn’t get the shape of your sleeve just right, in a way that minimized your risk of developing acid reflux, you may benefit from surgery to resleeve your stomach, or to convert your sleeve into a gastric bypass. Converting to gastric bypass not only helps relieve the chronic discomfort of acid reflux, but it may also help you lose weight more easily.

Diet and exercise are not contributing factors

If you’re considering weight-loss revision surgery, it’s important to rule out diet and exercise as contributing factors to the difficulties you’re having losing weight or keeping it off since your first surgery. It’s normal for your stomach to stretch after a sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass, so it’s important to work with your doctor to carefully track what you’re eating and whether you’re staying active enough to continue losing weight.

Since gastric revision surgery comes with risks, Dr. Dyslin works with you to determine whether an inappropriate diet or lack of physical activity is behind your weight gain, rather than a medical problem from your first weight-loss surgery. As you know, bariatric surgery is not a replacement for living a healthier, more active lifestyle, but rather an aid to help you lose the weight due to health issues such as a slow metabolism and obesity.

Know your weight-loss revision options

If you’re committed to making lifelong changes in your eating and exercise habits, but you’re still not happy with the results from your first surgical procedure, or you continue to have chronic health issues, Dr. Dyslin can help. He offers several solutions based on your individual needs, including minimally invasive options. He may be able to perform laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery to repair damage from a previous weight-loss surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Dyslin can remove a lap band that’s causing digestive issues, or no longer performing as it should. Dr. Dyslin may also recommend a laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure that can help you lose more weight through the restructuring of your digestive system. Gastric bypass also helps control Type 2 diabetes and alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux.

If you believe a revision weight-loss surgery can help you continue your path to a healthier lifestyle, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dyslin. Together you can discuss your concerns and decide if weight-loss revision surgery is the ideal way to move forward.

Call the office closest to you or use the online booking tool on this website to request an appointment.