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Bariatric surgeries are increasingly common in the world. In 2019, it was estimated that 256,000 people did the procedure in America. Surprisingly 16.7% of that number were revisional operations. It was the 3rd highest number across all bariatric surgeries, nearly 18 times the percentage of those who underwent gastric band. One might wonder how this is possible. Therefore, we will examine this procedure and the issues that lead to it.

What is gastric revisional surgery?

It is a procedure that is done to correct or ‘revise’ an earlier bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are intended to make one lose weight if they are obese and traditional methods are not producing the results that one needs. An experienced surgeon should always carry out this procedure as it is complicated and can significantly affect one’s life. Under certain conditions, after a person undergoes surgery, they may, later on, require a revisional one to attain the results they desire. 

What are the common problems that require revisional surgery?

There are three primary reasons why a person may be advised to undergo the procedure again. They are as follows:

Failure to lose adequate weight

One of the common problems a person may face is losing enough weight after the initial procedure. This could be due to the surgery itself not being carried out correctly. For example, in gastric bypass surgery, when the stomach is divided, if the small pouch is bigger than it should be, then a person may consume more food than they should, and thus they will be unable to lose weight properly.

It is also possible for a person’s lifestyle to affect their weight loss. All bariatric surgery does make a person eat less; therefore, there will be a decrease in kilograms. However, the extent of it depends on a person’s lifestyle. For example, suppose they fail to eat healthy food and do not engage in enough exercise. In that case, they will have difficulty reaching their weight goals and will need a revision procedure.

Weight regain

In some cases, patients may regain their weight instead of losing them. It happens primarily because of a person’s lifestyle. For example, if they cannot commit to a healthy meal plan and regular workouts, they could gain pounds. In some cases, it can be influenced by significant changes in life, like having a child or a new job. 

Therefore, they might need revision surgery to promote weight loss again. However, in this case, the surgery alone will not be enough. In addition, a person should commit to a healthy lifestyle as negative habits could result in the problem recurring.

Medical complications

While bariatric surgeries do have a high rate of success, there is a chance of complications. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a side effect that can cause significant discomfort to a person. In some cases, a person might have problems swallowing, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies. In rare cases, inflammation or infection can occur. If the above happens, a doctor would advise revisional surgery to provide relief and treat the problem. 

Suppose a person feels discomfort or is unhappy with their weight after a bariatric procedure. In that case, they should speak to their doctor at the aesthetics clinic and check if revisional surgery is a viable option. It can help them significantly and allow them to lead a better quality of life. 

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