At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona we perform revision weight loss surgery for Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Arrowhead and other patients to alter or repair a previous bariatric procedure. This may be necessary when an earlier procedure has resulted in too little or too much weight loss, or has resulted in complications. Whenever possible, our highly trained surgeons perform revision surgery laparoscopically in order to minimize incisions, discomfort and complications.
The Facts About Revision Surgery
It is estimated that approximately 5 to 10% of bariatric surgery patients will require a revision procedure at some point after their initial bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery patients come to us for revision surgery if they experience complications from their initial surgery including:
- Inadequate weight loss or excessive weight re-gain
- Excessive weight loss or nutritional deficiencies
- Ulcers, LAP-BAND® displacement or other procedure-related complications
- Chronic gastrointestinal problems
In some cases, revision surgery may be part of a weight loss surgery plan. This is often the case with obese patients who must reach a healthier weight before they can safely undergo certain bariatric procedures.
Options for Revision Surgery
The specialists at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona are highly trained in state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques which allow them to operate using small incisions. Typically, we can perform the following revisions laparoscopically:
- LAP-BAND surgery may be performed in patients who have regained weight after gastric bypass surgery.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is commonly performed on patients who have not achieved adequate weight loss with a restrictive procedure.
- Sleeve gastrectomy may be performed on those who have had complications with the LAP-BAND.
Our Arizona bariatric surgery specialists may also be able to tighten a stretched gastric pouch through a laparoscopic approach. In cases where earlier procedures have resulted in a great deal of scar tissue, revision surgery may require a traditional or “open” technique. Our surgeons will help you to determine which approach will be the safest and most effective for you.
The best way to know if a weight loss surgery revision is right for you is to discuss your needs and concerns with one of our compassionate, experienced bariatric surgeons. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.