Mercy’s team of weight loss experts take the time to consider the reason why a bariatric revision surgery is needed, and how to provide the patient with the best possible long term outcome from the revision.
Reasons to seek bariatric revision surgery include:
Weight gain: The most common reason for revision surgery is insufficient weight loss or weight regain that causes the stomach pouch to stretch. Unsatisfactory weight loss may be the result of:
- Poor diet and exercise
- Original surgery not performed correctly
Faulty surgery: If a surgeon performs a weight loss procedure incorrectly, it’s important to have that corrected. Faulty bariatric surgeries are more common in patients who received the procedure years ago using less effective methods.
Health concerns: In some situations, a patient will have health complications that will require a bariatric revision. This could include:
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- Scar tissue
- Inability to absorb crucial vitamins and minerals (malnutrition)
- Development of an opening between the stomach pouch and bypassed stomach
- Leaking along staple lines