Insufficient Weight Loss, Weight Regain, or Unresolved/Return of Medical Conditions
While most people have success following weight loss surgery, a small group of people may require additional intervention, and possibly additional surgery, to help them reach their goal. The first step is a comprehensive evaluation of your anatomy and a detailed nutritional and behavioral assessment to identify a possible cause. Depending on your original procedure, we may recommend a conversion to another weight loss procedure or corrective surgery.
Complications that Require Corrective Treatment
In some cases, a corrective procedure may be necessary to control or close a leak, fix an obstruction, repair an ulcer, or control bleeding. These conditions are rare but can occur in a small percentage of patients.
Revision Surgery Following Lap-Band Surgery
People who underwent lap band surgery in the past and are now experiencing chronic complications related to the band or the port maybe require medical or surgical intervention. Reversing the procedure by removing the band is one option. Converting to a different weight loss procedure is another option. We will review your individual condition and recommend the surgical option that's best for you.
Endoscopic Gastric Bypass Revision
There are times when people experience trouble reaching their weight loss goals, or even weight gain after gastric bypass, because of stretching that may occur in the stomach and the connection between the stomach and small intestine. In this case, we may recommend an endoscopic gastric bypass revision, which is performed by inserting a tube into your mouth to reach the stomach. Endoscopic instruments passed through the tube are used by your surgeon to place stitches in your stomach to reduce its size or the size of the outlet to the small intestine.
Correcting Complications from Older Weight Loss Surgeries
People who underwent older weight loss surgeries such as stomach stapling (vertical banded gastroplasty or VBG) and jejunoileal bypass may have complications that require evaluation and possible reversal or conversion to a different procedure. If you are having complications, we can diagnose your concerns and offer you solutions.