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.

Why Gastric Balloons Are Considered the Future of Weight Loss

Obesity rates continue to climb, despite the billions of dollars Americans spend each year on efforts to lose weight. People try everything from gym memberships and weight loss supplements to food delivery services and other products. If you’ve tried everything and are ready for an effective weight loss solution, find out why gastric balloons are paving the way as the future of weight loss.

The many benefits of weight loss

Carrying excess body fat impacts not only the way you feel on a day-to-day basis, but your overall health and how well you function. When you lose weight by choosing a gastric balloon system, you can expect:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased risk of chronic disease
  • Improved fitness
  • More energy
  • More active social life
  • Better sleep
  • Improved body image
  • Better sex life
  • Boost in mood

Gastric balloons: The future is now

As a board-certified bariatric surgeon and weight loss specialist, Dr. Dyslin offers patients who are struggling with their weight the latest advancements in treatment. In the past, patients had fewer nonsurgical options for effective weight loss.

Today, gastric balloons bridge the gap between permanent surgical procedures and traditional diet and exercise, providing patients with a safe, effective, noninvasive way to lose weight.

Gastric balloons in action

Dr. Dyslin uses the ORBERA® gastric balloon system. The silicone balloon is threaded into your stomach through your mouth while you relax under a mild sedative. The balloon stays in place for six months. During that time, you’re able to stick to a healthier diet, without feeling hungry, to help you lose a significant amount of weight.

The future of weight loss

The ability to lose a dramatic amount of weight over a six-month period without surgery or scars makes gastric balloons like ORBERA the future of weight loss.

Surgical weight loss strategies are only available if a patient has a high body mass index (BMI). But the availability of gastric balloons for people with lower BMIs means patients can undergo treatment sooner, before excess weight has a devastating impact on their bodies.

People who undergo weight loss treatment at a lower BMI are much more successful at getting their BMIs below 30.

Gastric balloons offer a multitude of benefits. They are:


Gastric balloon systems are quick and require no downtime. Dr. Dyslin completes the balloon insertion in about 20 minutes.


You lie comfortably under mild sedation during the 20-minute procedure and go home the same day. You won’t have to worry about surgery or the potential complications that come along with surgical procedures.


The balloon system requires no permanent changes to your digestive system. Dr. Dyslin can remove the balloon at any time.

Incision free

There’s no cutting involved, as the balloon is inserted through the mouth.

Real results

Hunger is one of the major factors that make it difficult to develop healthier eating habits and lose a meaningful amount of weight. Once it’s filled with saline the ORBERA balloon is about the size of an orange taking up space in your stomach. Without having to deal with the constant hunger, the typical patient loses three times more weight with ORBERA than with diet and exercise alone.

Let ORBERA help you reach your weight loss goals today

In just six months you can lose weight and transform your life. For more information and to schedule your initial consultation, call our office in Arlington, Texas, or use the online booking form.