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Weight Loss Revision Surgery Description & Pricing
Is Revision Surgery Right for You?
Weight Loss Revision Surgery
Occasionally, an individual may not be completely satisfied with their existing weight loss surgery for various reasons such as insufficient weight loss or a technical complication. If this is the case, a weight loss revision surgery may be in order. A weight loss revision procedure may include the conversion of one procedure to another, making a correction or alteration to an existing surgery, or even reversing the procedure all together.
The available options of weight loss revision surgery will be dependent upon the circumstances of the individual.
Statistically, 10 years post op 70% of all lapband patients no longer have their lapband. Lapband failure can be caused by:
- Pouch enlargement
- Poor access to adjustments
- A certain percentage of patients simply do not lose weight with
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy failure can be caused by:
- Pouch enlargement
- Patient’s body adjusting to lower caloric intake
Gastric Bypass Failure can be caused by:
- Pouch enlargement
- Staple line disruption
- Stoma enlargement or failure
- Patient’s body adjusting to lowered caloric intake
These are not patient compliance issues – but mechanical failures.
What is Required Weight Loss Revision Surgery?
The first step in revision surgery is to have an endoscopy and upper GI series not only to determine the cause of failure, but also for the surgeon to be able to visualize and plan precisely how he will execute the revisional surgery.
If your insurance will cover these two diagnostic procedures, you may elect to have them done in the U.S. If your insurance does not cover, you may want to fly into your surgical destination of choice at least a day prior to your revisional surgery to complete the diagnostics and discuss with your surgeon the options available to you.
What Can You Expect from Your Weight Loss Revision Surgery?
Weight loss surgery patients typically have about an 18-month window of opportunity to learn to work the tool they have been given. Unfortunately, revision patients will rarely ever lose at the same rate they did with their initial procedure. They may also not experience the same degree of restriction they did with their first surgery.
You will still lose but you will probably need to be more diligent with quality and quantity of foods that you previously were, and you must work your tool a little harder than you did on round 1. The average to be expected with a revision is about 1.5 pounds per week
What can you do to improve weight loss? Work with a dietician – ask us for references! Make sure you are getting adequate exercise and make sure your water intake is appropriate.
FAQS About Weight Loss Revision Surgery
Who is a candidate for weight loss revision surgery?
Revision surgery is a good option for individuals who wish to modify or reverse an existing bariatric procedure. Common reasons for a revision procedure may include insufficient weight loss, a complication, or desire to switch to a newer type of procedure.
What types of revisions are common?
- Lap-band to Gastric Sleeve
- Lap-band to Gastric Bypass
- Lap-band to Duodenal Switch
- Gastric Sleeve to Duodenal Switch
- Gastric Sleeve to Gastric Bypass
- Gastric Bypass to Gastric Bypass
- Gastric Bypass Reversal
- Complete reversal of a previous weight loss procedure
How long will I be in the hospital?
Individuals typically stay 2 nights in the hospital.
How much time will I need off work?
This is dependent on the type of job you have, but it is typically recommended to refrain from working for 1-2 weeks while you recover.
Weight Loss Revision Surgery Packages & Pricing
Packages Start At
Varies Depending on Procedure
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