Secondary or Revisional Bariatric Surgery
When a patient chooses bariatric surgery to fight their obesity problem, there are certain expectations that they and their surgeon set– measures of success. Generally, patients lose a significant amount of weight in the first year or two after surgery.* However, it is just as hard to maintain that weight loss as it is to lose the weight in the first place. Most often, weight regain is a result of less than ideal dietary and exercise choices and can be corrected with a series of consultations with our nutritionist. With that said, if we have ruled out the possibility of lifestyle deficiencies causing lack of weight loss or significant weight regain, we can begin to consider a follow-up surgical procedure to correct it.
It is always recommended to maintain follow-up appointments with your bariatric care team, or transfer your care to a trusted bariatric practice should you relocate or be unable to follow up with your surgeon. This not only helps to keep you on track with your goals, but also helps to keep a close eye on anything that may be happening with your body. In some cases, weight loss can stall or regain can occur due to an anatomical change after surgery that requires surgical correction.
It is important to note that bariatric patients should expect some weight regain over the longer term.
Considerations of a Secondary or Revisional Bariatric Procedure
It is important to note that there are added risks associated with follow-up procedures, especially if you are in less than ideal general health. Before considering a follow-up bariatric procedure, it is important that we rule out lifestyle causes such as overeating or under-exercising as a reason for weight regain.
If you are considering a follow-up bariatric procedure, you do not need to attend bariatric seminar. Please call to schedule a consultation with our office. Our surgeons will require your operative note from you previous bariatric surgey and will evaluate your particular situation to offer the best solution for your circumstance.
*Results will vary between patients