Revisional bariatric surgery

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What is revisional bariatric surgery?

Revisional bariatric surgery, also known as secondary or revision weight loss surgery, is a procedure that is performed on patients who have previously undergone any form of bariatric surgery, and have either had complications from such surgery or have not successfully achieved significant weight loss results from the initial surgery.

Why choose revisional bariatric surgery?

Revisional bariatric surgery is chosen by patients who haven't seen sufficient weight loss, or have regained weight after the initial surgery. It's also considered if there were complications from the first operation like gastric ulcers or hernias, or if the patient is dealing with malnutrition due to the surgery. Although it bears a higher risk due to anatomical alterations from the first procedure, it can be beneficial when other health problems persist or escalate.

What are the risks of revisional bariatric surgery?

Risks of revisional bariatric surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Respiratory problems
  • Heart attacks
  • Leaks in the gastrointestinal system
  • Scarring or changes in anatomy from the previous surgery

Additionally, some people may not achieve their desired weight loss or may suffer from nutritional deficiencies after the surgery. It's important to thoroughly discuss these potential risks with the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

What are the results of revisional bariatric surgery?

Generally, the surgery aims for improved weight loss or to fix complications from the first surgery. It often leads to improvements in health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes and overall quality of life. Success ultimately largely depends on the patient's commitment to a healthy lifestyle post procedure.

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