Bariatric surgeries are known for their efficiency in helping people lose weight. But sometimes, bariatric surgeries fail. People don’t achieve their weight loss goals, regain weight or experience other side effects. The good thing is bariatric surgery can be revised or modified into another procedure to adjust to the individual requirements of the patient. But before getting into that, let’s talk about some of the reasons bariatric surgeries fail and which options patients have in the form of revision bariatric surgeries.
Why Do Bariatric Surgeries Fail?
Surgeries aren’t always a perfect solution. Our bodies react differently to such procedures. At times, patients lose weight at first, and after a certain period, weight loss slows down, they revert to their old diet habits, and eventually, they regain the weight.
In other cases, patients start experiencing side effects in the early or late stages, and the procedure doesn’t serve them well. Side effects could include stomach infections, acid reflux, vomiting, food intolerance, hypoglycemia, abdominal swelling, and pain. All these factors contribute to unsuccessful bariatric surgeries.
Another important reason behind these failures is the lack of understanding on the patient’s part. Many people don’t realize that the surgery is more of a kickstart to the weight loss journey and not a solution in itself. Not committing to a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and workout, is also a huge cause of not achieving weight loss goals. The assessment of these reasons before making the decision to go for a revision bariatric surgery is crucial because it can help you pinpoint the issues that occurred in the past. More importantly, how to prevent them in the future.
Revision Bariatric Surgery Options
A revision bariatric surgery corrects a previous surgery that has gone wrong.
For example, in some cases, gastric bands don’t work either because of the grazing, mechanical band failure, or loosening of the band. But in such instances, more assessments need to be made before choosing the next option.
Another procedure known as sleeve gastrectomy can also sometimes cause acid reflux by putting pressure on the esophagus. For such patients, gastric bypass surgery is deemed more suitable. Statistically, people who have been dissatisfied with a gastric band often find a sleeve gastrectomy to be a satisfactory replacement, given that the doctors have already made their complete assessment.
When it comes to revision bariatric surgeries, more than 90 percent of the procedures are carried out laparoscopically. It is, however, important to keep in mind that usually, revision surgery is a rather complicated process in comparison with bariatric surgery itself. Therefore, you must seek professional advice and consultation before moving on to a revision or re-do surgery.
If you are considering a revision bariatric surgery and have your own concerns, Houston Weight Loss Center is here to help. We offer a wide range of weight loss services including revision surgeries. To know more, book your free bariatric consultation today!