Revision Weight Loss Surgery: Not Common, But Sometimes Needed

Each year thousands of Americans make the decision to address obesity-related concerns by undergoing bariatric surgery. For most patients who choose this path, a single operation will be all that’s necessary to attain the results needed to promote weight loss and improvements to overall health. That is not always the case though. Some people will find secondary procedures are required.

Revision weight loss surgery most commonly arises as a possibility when primary procedures don’t produce the desired impacts. People who undergo lap-band surgery, for example, may find they need to have the band removed because they cannot tolerate it. In these cases, revision surgery may include simultaneous band removal and performance of such procedures as a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

There are a few other circumstances in which a revisionary procedure might be required. Complications arising from the original procedure, for example, could necessitate a second operation. Surgeon error, such as creating a gastric pouch that is too large, may also demand revisions. In addition, a decision to have a more complex procedure may prompt a second operation.

Most people who undergo bariatric surgery will find the results hold up over time rather well. There are circumstances in which going back in might be necessary or desirable. People who undergo bariatric procedures are urged to talk to their doctors if the results attained are not satisfactory. It is also important to bring up any post-surgical issues, as well.

Obesity is estimated to affect an estimated third of the American population. If left unchecked, this condition can take its toll on health while increasing risks for such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. People who are overweight should talk to their doctors about all viable weight loss options. Diet and exercise alone may help some people, but others will find bariatric surgery offers them the greatest hope for shedding pounds and keeping them off.

Weight Loss Balloons Can Produce Significant Results

People who are obese, but not considered good candidates for invasive bariatric surgery procedures don’t have to give up hope. A less involved procedure that’s performed on an outpatient basis can help people shed twice as much weight as dieting and exercise alone.

Known as the gastric balloon, this weight-loss method is considered ideal for people who are overweight, but by enough to qualify for surgical intervention. This option is also recommended for those who are severely obese, but who wish to avoid the permanency of procedures like the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass.

The balloon procedure involves the implantation of a tiny capsule into the stomach. This is generally performed by inserting it via a tube that’s sent from the mouth into the stomach. Once the capsule is in place, a doctor fills up the balloon to enable it to occupy space in the stomach. The end result is a mimicking of common surgical procedures in that the stomach’s holding capacity is greatly diminished. With the balloon in place, people feel fuller faster and are less inclined to eat more than they should. Balloons stay in place for about six months.

While not as permanent as the bypass, for example, the balloon offers some advantages. This less invasive option lays the groundwork for a six-month period of major weight loss. During this timeframe, patients generally undergo nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help them develop habits that will sustain the losses after the balloon is removed. Studies have found that people who undergo balloon procedures can lose about 25 percent of their excess body fat during the six-month period. That’s about twice as much as those who attempt to lose weight by diet and exercise alone.

People who are overweight are strongly urged to talk to their healthcare providers about all weight loss options. Losing weight can dramatically improve health while lowering the risk for serious health complications.