Bariatric Revision Surgery with gastric band

While the rate of successful weight loss is high overall following most weight loss procedures, there are situations in which people regain weight following an initial attempt at weight loss surgery. Gastric bypass surgery, for example, is associated with moderate chances of weight regain following surgery. In severe cases, a bariatric revision surgery may be necessary to deliver a second chance for weight loss success.

There are a few reasons people pursue bariatric revision surgery:

  • For continued weight loss after losing some weight with initial procedure
  • To lose weight again following a period of weight regain

Weight Regain and Weight Loss Surgery

The risk of weight regain serves as a reminder that losing weight is a challenge, even after weight loss surgery. After struggling with obesity for a lifetime, it can prove difficult to maintain the healthy habits that lead to long-term weight loss success. Following surgery, you’ll be required to make a series of healthy changes to your diet and exercise habits if you wish to maintain your weight loss success.

We gain weight for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor food choices
  • Genetic factors
  • Environment and family habits
  • Return to unhealthy foods
  • Overeating and oversized portions

Following weight loss surgery, life events like the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or even a pregnancy can lead to weight regain, and once you’ve regained weight, losing it requires a great deal of effort.

Those who get Lap Band surgery have an advantage, as the gastric band can be adjusted to allow for increased nutritional requirements, as may be needed to suit a pregnancy, and then can be tightened again to encourage weight loss later on. Unfortunately, this type of long-term adjustment and easy revision is not possible with every form of weight loss surgery.

About Bariatric Revision Surgery

While the gastric band is losing popularity as a first-line weight loss surgery solution, it is still used in surgical revision revision for other failed weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass. During this procedure, a gastric band is placed around the pre-formed small stomach pouch created during the initial bypass surgery. From that point, the gastric band functions just like the original surgery, with chances for adjustment down the road.

It is important to remember that many people are successful with their weight loss surgery and have no need for a revisionary procedure down the road, but there are special circumstances. If and when weight regain does happen, it is best to know that there is a follow-up option available.

  • Understanding the Glycemic Index
    Carbohydrates are one of the six essential nutrients. Despite common talk about avoiding carbohydrates for weight loss, our bodies require them to thrive. Carbohydrates contain sugar. When you eat carbohydrates, your body breaks down that sugar and absorbs it into the cells with the help of a hormone called insulin, where it is then converted to fuel and used for energy.
  • Reasons to Consider Weight Loss Surgery
    Getting weight loss surgery is a choice that can have a major influence on your health and quality of life for years to come. The conversation surrounding weight loss surgery may come up at the advice of a doctor, after seeing a friend who was successful in their weight loss efforts or maybe after a series of frustrating weight loss attempts.
  • Managing Special Occasions after Weight Loss Surgery
    Every time you turn the corner there is another fast food restaurant or bakery loaded with its own temptations, and you do what you can to stand strong and stick to your post-bariatric diet plan.
  • Healthy Shopping Strategies for a Healthy Household
    When one person in a household gets weight loss surgery, it is actually common for other members of that household to lose weight too. This is called a “halo effect.”
  • Making Healthy Food Substitutions after Weight Loss Surgery
    Approximately six weeks following weight loss surgery you’ll start making the gradual transition back to a whole-foods diet. This is an exciting period for many people. After weeks of gaining sustenance through liquids and soft foods, being able to enjoy a regular meal is something to look forward to.