Gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND® procedure are both wildly successful for weight loss. However, not everyone responds the same to these procedures, and some even experience complications.
If you've had bariatric surgery that's not working as you'd hoped, or you’re experiencing complications, Dr. Robert Snow offers revisional bariatric surgery to get you back on track.
Dr. Snow offers several effective forms of bariatric surgery at Snow Bariatric Center in Flower Mound and Fort Worth, Texas. He provides the tools you need to succeed in your weight loss journey.
What is revisional bariatric surgery?
Revisional bariatric surgery is a procedure that Dr. Snow performs if your original bariatric surgery has failed. You may need this procedure if you're not experiencing significant weight loss and are following your post-op plan carefully.
You may also need revisional bariatric surgery if you're experiencing side effects after your original surgery. Side effects may include leakage from the surgical site, trouble swallowing, or migration of the LAP-BAND.
Dr. Snow performs several types of revisional bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, LAP-BAND, and gastric sleeve procedures.
Each type of revisional surgery is different, depending on why you need the procedure and what your original method involved. For example, if you have the LAP-BAND but aren't losing enough weight, Dr. Snow adjusts the band to provide you with a smaller stomach pouch for optimal weight loss.
When you've had gastric sleeve surgery but regained weight due to your stomach restretching, Dr. Snow might suggest gastric bypass surgery instead to provide you with long-term weight loss.
When to consider revision surgery
Going back under the knife for revisional surgery isn't something you should take lightly, and neither does Dr. Snow. Every surgical procedure carries risks, so it's essential to consider your options before opting for revisional bariatric surgery.
However, in some cases, revisional surgery is the best option for you and your overall health. Reasons that Dr. Snow suggests revision bariatric surgery include the following:
- Complications after the original procedure
- Reflux and other digestive problems
- Weight gain after previous bariatric surgery
- Inadequate amount of weight lost after bariatric surgery
Dr. Snow carefully evaluates your BMI and your goals for weight loss before approving you for revisional bariatric surgery. He also orders labs to assess your overall health and wellness before your procedure.
What to expect after your revision procedure
There's no one answer to what to expect after your revisional bariatric procedure. Your recovery and results vary based on the type of surgery you have and your adherence to your post-op recovery and eating plan.
Dr. Snow's main goal with revisional bariatric surgery is to help you lose enough weight to meet your goals and correct any complications from your original bariatric procedure.
If you have revisional LAP-BAND surgery, you can expect to lose weight again when you follow the post-procedure portions and meal plan. Dr. Snow checks in with you every step of the way to ensure you're back on track with weight loss and that no other issues arise.
When you undergo revisional gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, your recovery may be longer. You'll likely spend a few days in the hospital and may experience more pain due to scar tissue from the previous procedure.
Your recovery time varies based on your overall health and the type of revisional bariatric surgery. You should begin to feel good again within a few weeks, and the weight should start to come off.
Following your post-op instructions and adhering to Dr. Snow's exercise regimen and eating plan helps to ensure you meet your weight loss goals after revisional bariatric surgery.
There are some complications you should be aware of, and contact Dr. Snow right away if you have any of the following:
- High fever
- Pus from your incision
- Unexpected bleeding
- Pain in your legs
- Trouble urinating
- Inability to have a bowel movement
If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath along with leg pain or redness, head to the emergency room immediately, as these are signs of a severe post-op complication.
To find out if you're a candidate for revisional bariatric surgery, call one of our conveniently located offices in Fort Worth or Flower Mound, Texas. You can also request an appointment online.