Laparoscopic Revision Surgery

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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

If you’ve previously had weight loss surgery and complications arose, or you’ve lost too much or too little of your excess weight, then laparoscopic revision surgery can correct the cause of the problem. The specialists at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona have considerable expertise in laparoscopic revision surgery for patients at six locations: two in Tempe, and one each in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the clinic now or book an appointment online.

Laparoscopic Revision Surgery Q & A

What is laparoscopic revision surgery?

Sometimes after weight loss surgery, a patient fails to lose weight as expected or starts to lose weight too quickly. When surgeries aren’t producing the desired results, it could be that you need a second procedure to make adjustments or repair any damage. It’s also possible for patients to experience complications after a surgery, prompting the need for a corrective procedure.

Wherever possible, your surgeon performs the alterations or repairs using a laparoscope, so you don’t have to have open surgery.

Why would I need laparoscopic revision surgery?

Most weight loss surgeries are entirely successful, but in some cases, patients experience problems after their operations, such as:

  • Losing weight too quickly
  • Suffering from dietary deficiencies
  • Not losing weight as expected
  • Gaining weight
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Developing ulcers

It may also be necessary to make adjustments to the positioning of a Lap-Band® System band after surgery to ensure optimal placement.

Severely obese patients may need to undergo revision surgery as part of their weight loss plan, such as if they need to lose weight before undergoing more invasive procedures.

Why is revision surgery performed laparoscopically?

Your surgeon needs to make only small incisions to make room for the laparoscope, using the camera on the device to guide the procedure. By using a laparoscope to perform revision procedures, your surgeon avoids open surgery, which has the following advantages:

  • Less invasive procedure
  • Less discomfort
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Less bleeding
  • Reduced risk of infection

Laparoscopic techniques offer a more comfortable option for patients, but it may not be possible to use a laparoscope if there’s excessive scar tissue from previous surgeries. Your surgeon always discusses the safest and most effective options with you before you agree to a procedure.

What kinds of laparoscopic revision surgeries are there?

Laparoscopic revision surgery is suitable for a variety of corrective procedures including:

  • Lap-Band surgery to enhance a gastric bypass
  • Gastric bypass if restrictive techniques aren’t effective
  • Sleeve gastrectomy if there are Lap-Band complications
  • Tightening a stretched gastric pouch

When you visit the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, your surgeon takes care to assess your needs and advise you on the best solution for revision surgery. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.