Revision Surgery

What Is Revision Bariatric Surgery?

Due to recent advancements in laparoscopic surgical techniques and the widespread availability of educational resources for potential patients, the vast majority of weight loss surgeries are highly successful, meaning that they enable patients to achieve their weight loss goals without significant complications. However, there are instances when a previous surgery must be corrected by a revision procedure. In this context, “revision surgery” is any bariatric procedure performed with the intention of correcting or altering a prior weight loss surgery. In some cases, the revision may simply require small corrections to resolve complications stemming from the original surgery; however, for some individuals, successful weight loss may involve the implementation of a totally different surgical solution.

Revision surgery is more complex and technically challenging than original weight loss surgery, so it is critical to select a highly-trained, experienced bariatric surgeon to perform your revision surgery. As lead surgeon at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery in Maitland, Florida, Dr. Wiljon Beltre is a fellowship-trained, Board Certified surgeon who has been successfully performing weight loss surgery for over 14 years. His comprehensive approach to weight loss incorporates extensive patient education, the very latest advancements in metabolic surgery and revision techniques, and a caring, qualified support team for long-term success.

Even if your first experience with bariatric surgery was not successful, we believe that our multifaceted approach can help you achieve the long-term successful weight loss you want through safe and effective surgical intervention!*

Why Revision Surgery May Be Required

The most common reason for revision surgery is weight gain. Unfortunately, 20-30% of bariatric surgery patients will either fail to lose sufficient weight or will begin to regain weight, usually because the first anatomical changes have not been maintained or because the patient has been unable to follow through with critical lifestyle changes. Weight gain is also possible if the original procedure did not properly address the unique metabolic requirements of the patient. Before moving forward with a revision, Dr. Beltre will work closely with you to determine exactly what caused the weight gain, help you select the revision surgery that will be better suited to achieving your weight loss goals, and ensure that you are fully educated on the required lifestyle changes. All of Dr. Beltre’s patients are urged to participate in long-term follow-up and support to help “stay on track” to maximize weight loss success.

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In a small number of cases, revision surgery may be required due to mechanical failure or for medical reasons relating to the unique anatomy of the patient. While rare, these types of complications include:

  • The stomach pouch and/or outlet becoming stretched, too large, or too wide
  • The intestines increasing their absorptive ability beyond what was originally anticipated
  • Slippage or erosion of the gastric band
  • Correction of complications from prior surgery such as leakage or obstructions
  • Correction of outdated surgical techniques that may cause serious side effects
  • Correction of problematic medical conditions such as ulcer, severe dumping, severe malnutrition or vitamin deficiency, or metabolic bone disease
  • The original surgery was not aggressive enough to resolve obesity-related health problems

During your initial surgical consultation, Dr. Beltre will work with you to develop a thorough understanding of why revision surgery is required and to develop an individually-tailored surgical plan designed to meet your anatomy and weight loss goals, as well as a long-term follow-up and support plan working with experienced weight loss experts.

It is his goal to ensure that your revision surgery offers you the opportunity for truly successful, lasting weight loss and betterment of your overall health!

Types of Revision Surgery

Dr. Beltre offers a wide range of revision surgeries designed to correct any complications or dissatisfaction with prior surgical attempts, including:

  • Removal of gastric band
  • Conversion of gastric band to gastric bypass
  • Conversion of gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy
  • Conversion of traditional gastric bypass to a distal gastric bypass for additional weight loss
  • Conversion of sleeve gastrectomy to gastric bypass
  • Conversion of sleeve gastrectomy to Duodenal Switch (SADI-S or BPD/DS)

As with all surgical procedures, revision surgery involves risks—related to surgery in general and specific to your unique procedure—that Dr. Beltre will review with you before you undergo the procedure. He will also provide strict guidelines on critical lifestyle changes necessary to ensure the success of your revision surgery. By following the advice provided by our team of experts, continuing a healthy diet and exercise routine, and maintaining relationships with an ongoing support network, you give yourself the greatest possible chance to finally achieve the weight loss you have worked so hard for!

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Contact Beltre Bariatrics Center For Metabolic and Obesity Surgery

At Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, located in Maitland, Florida, we offer a proven, multifaceted approach to metabolic and bariatric surgery that will empower you to achieve your weight loss goals, improve your health and appearance, and rebuild your self-confidence. Led by esteemed, Board Certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre, one of the only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in Central Florida, we specialize in the latest cutting-edge procedures for safe, effective surgical weight loss coupled with a dedicated support team of caring, experienced specialists who will stand by your side to support you throughout your entire weight loss journey. Significant weight loss is not easy, but with the help of with our confidential consultation and education process, the surgical skill and experience of our medical team, and the advice and guidance of our ongoing support network, we can help you achieve the lasting weight loss success you have been dreaming about.

If you have already undergone a bariatric surgery but think you may require revision, or if you would like more information on all of the weight loss surgery options at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, contact us today for a free, individual consultation. We look forward to helping you start your weight loss journey today!

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DISCLAIMER: Metabolic surgery involves a lifetime commitment to significant lifestyle changes, and is not for everyone. Individual results differ depending on each patient’s medical history and willingness and ability to adhere to the weight loss program specified by Dr. Beltre. As with all surgical procedures, all forms of metabolic surgery carry the risk of complications and side effects; additional details about potential complications, side effects, and other risks will be provided to you by Dr. Beltre during your pre-surgical consultations.

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