Revision surgery sometimes is necessary for patients who’ve had weight-loss surgery in the past. This often occurs when a weight-loss procedure malfunctions because of physical changes in the body over time, such as excessive stretching of the pouch or a channel opening between the new and old stomach, both typically seen with older surgical techniques. 

It also can occur when a procedure works as intended, but still does not give desired weight loss or maintenance, usually due to difficulty complying with the lifestyle changes required over a long time. This can happen if a patient chooses a procedure that does not fully capture his or her eating style or metabolic treatment needs; for example, some individuals may choose the Adjustable Gastric Band to help them reduce the amount of food they eat but later discover it does not necessarily help them with the struggle to avoid sweets or fatty foods. As we all understand, weight-loss surgery is not a magic cure for the devastating disease of obesity. 

Choosing the right procedure and committing to a lifelong bariatric eating and lifestyle plan are keys to success. 
Our multidisciplinary treatment team can help correct the problem with Revisional Surgery, nutritional and behavioral assessment and bariatric education specifically designed to address your special needs.

Here are some of the procedures we can offer the typical revision patient:

  • Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG) to Gastric Bypass
  • “Stomach Stapling” to Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Band over VBG
  • Gastric Band over Gastric Bypass with large pouch
  • Correction of Duodenal Switch

If you don’t fit into any of the above categories, don’t give up.  We can evaluate you to see if you are a candidate.

Here are some points to remember about Revision Surgery:

  • Revisions are elective surgery (except in the case of life-threatening physiological malfunction).
  • We will first evaluate your medical and surgical history, anatomy and physiology, including a review of your prior surgical Operation Notes and any necessary diagnostic tests.
  • Once evaluated, if Revisional surgery is an option, patients must go through the Georgetown Bariatrics
  • Weight-Loss Surgery Program, just as a 1st-time Bariatric patient would.
  • Insurance coverage will be based on individual policies and our insurance team will work with you through your process to surgery.

For more information, please call us at 502-570-3717.