Revision Surgery

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

AWLS icons-01Bariatric surgery is the most effective means for patients to achieve significant weight loss, minimizing complications and helping cure health issues. There are, however, circumstances where patients regain weight or do not lose the expected amount of excess weight. Various factors can cause this situation. Our surgeons perform a thorough analysis including a study of the previous surgery and all factors that entered into its ultimate result. A follow-up bariatric procedure, referred to as a revisional bariatric surgery, may be required to alter or repair the initial bariatric surgery.

There are two major reasons patients seek revisional bariatric surgery at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery. Some patients experience significant side effects or complications from an earlier bariatric surgery that are impacting quality of life. Other patients come to us for revisional bariatric surgery when they do not achieve the expected rate of weight loss. If you have undergone a bariatric surgery procedure, you may have ceased to shed pounds before reaching your target weight or, less commonly, you may be losing weight at a rate that you find alarmingly rapid. Regardless of the reasons behind your dissatisfaction with your bariatric surgery, the first step in the revisional bariatric surgery process is to contact the Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery office and schedule an appointment to meet with one of our experienced and knowledgeable bariatric surgeons. Our surgeon will answer your questions and perform a preliminary evaluation of your initial bariatric procedure.

Finding Bariatric Surgery Satisfaction the Second Time Around

Although the majority of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and LAP-BAND® System procedures provide excellent results, as with any surgery, complications do occur. Revisional bariatric surgery is a more complex and involved procedure than an initial bariatric surgery. Because revisional surgery involves readdressing the surgical techniques employed during the first surgery, at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery this can usually be performed laparoscopically. The success of a revisional bariatric surgery is especially dependent upon the experience of the surgeon performing the operation. A revisional bariatric surgery should only be performed by a verified bariatric surgeon at a facility accredited by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, such as the Lafayette General Medical Center and Drs. Gachassin and Eschete at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery.

Revisional Bariatric Surgery to Address LAP-BAND® System Complications

After a LAP-BAND® System procedure, potential complications that can be improved through the use of revisional bariatric surgery include:

    • Unsatisfactory weight loss (after repeated adjustments to the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band)
    • Slippage or erosion of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band
    • Infection and/or breakage of the LAP-BAND® System injection port (rare)

*Intestinal Bypass and Gastroplasty Revision

*Many JIB and gastroplasty patients who undergo a revisional bariatric surgery procedure at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery opt to have their original procedure not only reversed, but converted to the modern Roux-en-Y. After undergoing revisional surgery, most patients subsequently enjoy excellent weight loss outcomes, although often at a slower rate than patients who undergo their first bariatric surgery procedure. Our bariatric surgeons are in most cases also able to eliminate or significantly decrease the severity of unpleasant side effects such as diarrhea, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance that are associated with older weight loss surgical procedures.

Contact the Revisional Bariatric Surgery Experts at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery

Whatever type of revisional bariatric surgery procedure you are seeking at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery, our friendly, helpful staff and surgeons can answer all of your questions. We invite you to meet with a bariatric surgeon at our offices.

Did you know that weight loss surgery is often a covered benefit? Contact Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery today to schedule a complete and confidential patient consultation.