Weight loss surgery revision
Duke weight loss surgeons offer several options if you need a revision after a previous weight loss surgery, including the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, and procedures that require no incisions. Small or no incisions reduces your risk for complications, and speeds your recovery.
Experts in revisional procedures
- Excellent patient outcomes. Our quality of care, years of experience, comprehensive services and positive patient outcomes are the reasons why our program is designated a Center of Excellence and Center of Distinction by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield, OptumHealth and Cigna. Only centers that meet their strict criteria are included among their distinguished centers.
- Experience matters. Our weight loss program has been serving Raleigh and Durham for more than 20 years. It is staffed by board-certified surgeons who are fellowship-trained, meaning they have completed additional years of training in bariatric surgery. They perform approximately 800 bariatric surgeries each year. Studies show that surgical experience is an important indicator of your successful outcome.
- Our commitment to you. Our surgeons, physician assistants, psychologists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, nursing, and anesthesia teams are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. We work with you and your doctor to establish a successful weight loss plan.
- Choosing the right approach. Your initial consultation will include an extensive physical exam and nutritional, psychological, and lifestyle evaluation. We also carefully evaluate you for all related medical conditions. This often requires special studies and occasionally consultations from medical specialists. This information helps us recommend the safest, most effective surgical approach for you.
- Scheduling your procedure. Scheduling surgery depends on your individual circumstances and insurance requirements. Surgery typically occurs within weeks of the initial consultation.
- Safer, minimally invasive surgery. Nearly 99 percent of our weight loss surgeries are completed laparoscopically, meaning they only require small incisions. In some cases, we use robotic tools to minimize incisions for more complex procedures that would normally require larger incisions. Smaller incisions translate to less pain, fewer complications, smaller scars, shorter stays, and faster recovery. Sometimes an abdominal incision is necessary based on your weight, body shape, and surgery history.
- Support groups before and after surgery. We offer free, monthly and weekly support groups in Durham and Raleigh to people who are preparing for weight loss surgery, as well as those who have already had surgery. Our experts address a variety of topics including nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. You will also have the opportunity to talk to people with similar experiences in an educational and supportive setting. Your weight loss surgery did not have to be performed at Duke to participate in these support groups.
Types of minimally invasive procedures
There are multiple devices, techniques and strategies to revise, repair and tighten the existing bariatric anatomy to improve weight loss. Revisional surgery requires a very personalized and individualized approach. One of our weight loss surgeons would be happy to meet with you to see if revisional surgery is the right choice for you.