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.