Bariatric revision can refer to the surgical reversal of a procedure, reoperation of a previous surgical procedure, or conversion to another medically necessary procedure due to inadequate weight loss. Cases of reversal are necessary when the patient develops complications from the original procedure, such as stricture or obstruction.
As bariatric surgery advances, we must increasingly acknowledge the chronic, complex nature of obesity. Occasionally, a weight loss procedure doesn’t lead to as much weight loss as the surgeon or patient hope for, or it can contribute to long-term complications. At St. Luke’s Health, we believe patients are entitled to revisional surgical therapy for either partial or lack of response to initial therapy, as well as for complications. This is similar to a person with high blood pressure needing two to three medications to manage their condition.
Revisions may be available for patients who have previously had gastric band, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass surgery. The type of revision you are able to receive depends on the surgery you had, your anatomy, overall health, and other considerations that your doctor will discuss with you.