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MyNewSelf Bariatrics

Revision Surgery

MyNewSelf offers revision surgery, a procedure which would revise in some way your first surgery. Revision surgery may be considered when a problem occurs that is directly related to the first weight loss surgery such as:
  • A pouch created during the first surgery has become stretched.
  • An outlet in a gastric pouch increases in diameter.
  • A fistula (where the stomach pouch grows back and makes a new connection to the bypassed stomach) develops.
  • The intestine is able to absorb more than your doctors originally thought.
  • A band slips causing a restriction.
In some cases, these problems can be fixed without a new type of weight loss surgery being done. If that is not possible, your physician may need to revise the type of surgery and do a new procedure. For instance, if you had a problem with your lap band surgery, your doctor may discuss you having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which may provide better results over time.

Sometimes patients need a revision surgery because they fail to lose adequate weight or medical complications result from the first surgery. When patients feel they aren't losing enough weight, the staff at MyNewSelf will first see if there are ways they can help you get back on track. You may need to sit down with the dietitians and discuss your food diary and exercise habits. If there isn't a problem with your post-surgery lifestyle, then you should talk to the team about next steps.
Things to consider when discussing revision surgery with our team and with your doctors:
  • Before surgery, your surgeon may order testing such as lab work, x-rays or endoscopy.
Before your revision surgery, you will need to have some laboratory tests completed including blood work, X-rays and an endoscopy. Your doctor may need to address any vitamin or nutritional deficiencies before the operation. If you smoke, you should quit before the surgery is scheduled to prevent complications.

Weight loss surgery, while it may require revision to obtain optimal results, is still considered an effective way for those who are obese to lose their excess weight and develop a healthier lifestyle.
Risks and Complications
The weight loss surgery risks and complications include, but are not limited to, the usual risks of any surgery using general anesthesia, including potential problems with:
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Leak
  • Internal hernias (depending on the type of surgery)
  • Death
Insurance approval will be required for revision surgery.
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