Revising Your Bariatric Surgery Laparoscopically

The success rates of bariatric surgery are highly encouraging — and by success we mean losing 50% of your total body weight. Most of our patients achieve this goal within 12-24 months and maintain a 50-60% loss after 10 years or more. 

But there are times when bariatric surgery doesn’t garner the desired results, which requires us to make the additional changes for successful weight loss. Thankfully, we’re able to approach these cases using one of the most minimally invasive techniques available — laparoscopic surgery.

At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our bariatric surgeons and weight-loss specialists partner with patients for long-term, sustainable results. And most of the time, that’s exactly what we accomplish. For those patients who develop complications or who continue to struggle with their weight, we offer laparoscopic revision surgery.

Here’s a look at when you might need revision surgery and why the laparoscopic approach is best.

After your weight loss surgery

While each case is unique, the goal behind bariatric surgery is to lose a substantial amount of weight — usually in the neighborhood of 50% of your body weight. Of course, these percentages may be less or more depending upon your situation, and we base our success on the goals we put forth before your surgery.

While most of our patients achieve their goals after bariatric surgery, there are times when complications can arise, such as:

In some cases, when we go back in to revise your original bariatric surgery, this step was part of the overall plan all along, such as repositioning your Lap-Band®

Conversely, if you opted for the Lap-Band, but this measure fell short of your desired weight-loss goal, we can go back in and perform a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass.

No matter the reason for your revision, rest assured we try to perform this second procedure with the least amount of disruption possible, which we’re largely able to achieve through laparoscopy.

The many benefits of laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique in which we rely on a lighted camera and small, specialized instruments to do the work. What this means is that we only need to make very small incisions, through which we thread the camera and instruments. 

These instruments, in turn, translate the movements of our surgeons’ hands in very small spaces, which they’re able to see thanks to the high-definition laparoscope.

The benefits of laparoscopy are myriad and include:

Ultimately, the goal of laparoscopic surgery is to reduce your risks and speed up your recovery. And when we’re performing a revision surgery, we’re especially sensitive to the fact that you’re eager to get on with your weight loss, which is why we go in laparoscopically whenever possible.

To learn more about laparoscopic revision surgery, please contact one of our six locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

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