Revision Bariatric Surgery and Follow-up Care

When it comes to weight-loss surgery, do-overs are not fun and games...We can help

Laparoscopic Bariatric Revision Surgery

Our team is proud to offer a safe alternative to patients who had a bariatric procedure in the past and had either insufficient weight loss or developed serious complications (frequently severe acid reflux) or side effects.

Most commonly, revisions involve conversion of a failed Gastric Band procedure, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG), or old-type gastric bypass to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Revision bariatric surgery is more challenging than primary bariatric surgery. The area of the stomach and small intestine is not virgin and usually dense adhesions (scar tissue) are present.

In addition, most of the bariatric procedures were performed in an open fashion in the past, often resulting in even denser adhesions and the presence of abdominal wall hernias.

As a result, it is often very challenging to identify the anatomy and requires careful take-down of all adhesions.  

A laparoscopic approach offers a tremendous benefit to the patient with a shorter recovery time and hospital stays of only 2 or 3 days.

Follow-up Care

Saint Francis welcomes patients who have had surgery at another institution or been treated by another surgeon. Perhaps you have relocated and it is no longer convenient to see your original bariatric surgeon. Maybe your original bariatric surgeon has retired or relocated? Possibly, you just wish to puruse follow-up care at another center. No matter the reason, you are invited to try our center, where your comprehensive care plan will include regular follow-up with a bariatric surgeon and a dedicated bariatric nurse and dietician.

Prior to your appointment please authorize release to our office of all of your medical records and particularly the operative report and discharge summary from your original bariatric surgery, follow-up notes from your bariatric surgeon, any records of work-ups, procedures or additional hospital stays for treatment of complications and any available laboratory or X-ray work-ups performed after your original surgery.