Bariatric Revision Surgery

Have you had bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, stomach stapling, or gastric banding? Are you experiencing difficulties related to your weight loss procedure? Are you wondering if you may need bariatric revision surgery?

While it's uncommon for weight loss surgery patients to develop problems that require bariatric revision surgery, issues can develop months, or even years after your initial operation. If you suspect something isn't quite right with your weight loss procedure, we're here to help.

Here are some of the rare complications that can lead to bariatric revision surgery:

  • Gastric bands (LAP-BANDS) may slip out of position or erode into the stomach, requiring surgical repositioning or replacement
  • The pouch and/or stomach outlet (stoma) created with gastric bypass may stretch over time due to non-compliance with the post-surgical dietary guidelines, leading patients to overeat and regain unwanted weight
  • Stomach stapling (Vertical banded gastroplasty) patients may experience either weight gain or a weight-loss plateau requiring adjustment of the staples, banding, or conversion to a different type of diversion

Signs that you might need bariatric revision surgery can include:

  • Failure to lose weight despite following the post-surgical diet
  • Pain, bloating and cramping
  • Significant weight gain following an initial weight loss
  • Herniation of the incision site
  • Ulcers
  • Ongoing gastrointestinal discomfort

Here at Virginia Bariatric Surgery Center, our medical team is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems that patients may experience after bariatric surgery. In many cases, bariatric revision surgery can be avoided altogether through non-surgical solutions including:

  • Dietary counseling and support
  • Behavior modification therapy and psychological counseling
  • Medical management of metabolic and hormonal issues
  • Connecting patients with peer support groups

When you contact us to discuss bariatric revision surgery, we'll carefully review your medical records, presenting symptoms, and all the possible causes for your issues. Our bariatric team will examine hormonal factors, your diet, exercise habits, and any co-morbid conditions like Type-2 diabetes that could impact your current health and wellness.

If bariatric revision surgery is the best treatment option for you, Dr. Fitzer has the skills and experience needed to either correct the problems with your initial procedure, or perform a conversion surgery to change your LAP-BAND, gastric sleeve, or vertical stomach stapling into a gastric bypass, and he is expert at revising, or “tuning up” gastric bypass anatomy.

Overstitch™ Revision Surgery

Dr. Fitzer also is an avid practitioner of Overstitch™ revision surgery, which is a kind of surgery performed with a flexible fiber-optic endoscope.  The Overstitch™ device lets Dr. Fitzer perform some pouch and stoma revision surgery without incisions.   

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you believe that you are experiencing problems related to your bariatric surgery procedure, call us at 703.709.9771 or email us here to schedule an appointment with our bariatric revision surgery specialist, Dr. Fitzer.