Understanding Revision Surgery

Due to recent advancements in laparoscopic surgical techniques and the widespread availability of educational resources for potential patients, most weight loss surgeries are highly successful. However, there are instances when a previous surgery must be corrected by a revision procedure.

Revision surgery involves correcting or altering prior weight loss surgeries to ensure optimal patient outcomes. This may involve minor adjustments to address complications or implementing entirely new surgical solutions.

At Beltre Bariatrics in Florida, we specialize in revision surgery for individuals who require corrective procedures following previous weight loss surgeries.

Our center, led by Dr. Wiljon Beltre, a fellowship-trained and board-certified surgeon with over 14 years of experience, provides comprehensive solutions for weight loss challenges.

Continue reading below to learn more about revision surgery. 

What is Revision Surgery?

Revision surgery is any bariatric procedure to correct or alter a previous weight loss surgery.

While many weight loss surgeries are successful, complications arise, or the initial procedure does not yield the desired results. Revision surgery may be necessary to address these issues and help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Revision surgery is typically more complex and technically challenging than the original weight loss surgery, requiring careful planning and execution by a highly-trained and experienced bariatric surgeon like Dr. Beltre.

The goal of revision surgery is to improve outcomes, resolve complications, and support the long-term success of the patient’s weight loss journey.

Why Revision Surgery May Be Required

Revision surgery may be needed for several reasons, including:

  • Inadequate Weight Loss: Sometimes, the initial weight loss surgery does not result in the desired weight loss. This could be due to various factors, such as the type of surgery performed, the patient’s adherence to post-operative guidelines, or physiological factors.
  • Weight Regain: Despite initially losing weight, some patients may experience weight regain over time. This could occur due to lifestyle factors, changes in eating habits, or metabolic changes.
  • Surgical Complications: Complications can arise from the initial weight loss surgery, such as leaks, strictures, hernias, or severe acid reflux. Revision surgery may be necessary to correct these issues and prevent further complications.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Certain weight loss surgeries can lead to nutritional deficiencies over time, such as deficiencies in vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin B12, or calcium. Revision surgery may be required to address these deficiencies and ensure proper nutritional intake.
  • Mechanical Issues: Mechanical issues with the initial surgery, such as device malfunction or inadequate restriction, may necessitate revision surgery to correct these issues and optimize weight loss outcomes.
  • Changes in Health Status or Lifestyle: Changes in a patient’s health status, such as pregnancy or the development of other medical conditions, may require adjustments to the initial weight loss surgery. Additionally, changes in lifestyle or weight loss goals may warrant revision surgery to better align with the patient’s needs and preferences.

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.

Our team 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.

Who is a Candidate for Revision Surgery?

Candidates for revision surgery typically include individuals who have undergone previous weight loss surgery and are experiencing complications, inadequate weight loss, weight regain, or other issues related to their initial procedure.

Specifically, candidates for revision surgery may include:

  • Those who have experienced complications from their initial weight loss surgery, such as leaks, strictures, hernias, severe acid reflux, or other surgical complications that require correction.
  • Patients who have yet to achieve their desired weight loss goals despite undergoing a previous weight loss surgery.
  • Individuals who have experienced weight regain after initially losing weight following their initial surgery.
  • Patients who have developed nutritional deficiencies, such as deficiencies in vitamins or minerals, due to their initial weight loss surgery.
  • Those experiencing mechanical issues with their initial surgery, such as inadequate restriction or device malfunction, which require correction.
  • Individuals whose health status or lifestyle has changed since their initial surgery, such as pregnancy or the development of other medical conditions, may require revision surgery to accommodate these changes.
  • Patients who continue to experience obesity-related health issues despite undergoing a previous weight loss surgery.

Candidates for revision surgery should undergo a comprehensive evaluation to assess their circumstances, determine the underlying reasons for the need, and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

Consider Revision Surgery with Beltre Bariatrics

If you have previously undergone bariatric surgery but are experiencing complications, inadequate weight loss, weight regain, or other issues, you may be a candidate for revision surgery.

At Beltre Bariatrics, we understand the importance of addressing your concerns and helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

Whether you’re considering revision surgery or seeking information on all available weight loss options, we invite you to contact us today for a consultation.

We prioritize patient education, ensuring you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. With our expertise and dedication, we are here to help you take the next steps toward a healthier, happier life.

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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.

The doctors at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic & Obesity Surgery have reviewed and approved this content.

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