The main goal of the initial bariatric procedure is to help a person lose excess weight and cure co-morbid conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Most people who qualify for bariatric surgery have a Body Mass Index or BMI of 30 or higher and have a co-morbid condition. The surgery is designed to be utilized as a tool for one to change their lifestyle and eating behavior.
It is not uncommon for a person to lose weight after the initial surgery procedure only to then hit a plateau in which more weight cannot be lost. In some cases, the gastric pouch created during a band or bypass surgery stretches or enlarges; this is one of the most common reasons that a person chooses to go back for a revisional surgery. Other common reasons for a revisional surgery include:
Gastric Pouch Prolapse with Band in Place
Unresolved Co-Morbid Conditions
At My Bariatric Solutions, Dr. Stowers uses a laparoscopic approach to perform revisional bariatric surgery, which minimizes scarring. It should be noted that all surgery poses risk and the risk for complication is increased with each subsequent operation.
People who are good candidates for revisional bariatric surgery are screened for all things that could cause intraoperative complications, and the rate of complication is extremely low.
Types of Revisions
There are several types of revisions that are performed at My Bariatrics Solutions including the following:
• Band over Bypass
• Sleeve to Bypass
• Band to Sleeve
• Band to Bypass
No matter the type or bariatric surgery being performed, the results will vary from one person to the next. Two things that largely influence the effects of bariatric surgery include a patient's commitment and compliance with the aftercare program.