Bariatric Revision Surgery
Unsatisfactory results after bariatric surgery don’t have to end your hopes of major, life-changing weight loss.
With bariatric revision surgery, our skilled surgeons can fix frustrating problems and restore your journey to good health.
Hopeful patients head to Bariatrics Health Mexico in Puerto Vallarta, Jal., so our elite surgeons can perform affordable revision surgery.
Revision Surgery Can Solve Many Bariatric Complications
Failure to Lose Weight or Maintain Weight Loss
Bariatric surgery has become increasingly common and safe. Unfortunately, not all patients experience the same level of weight loss. In fact, some end up gaining back all the weight they lost after bariatric surgery. We can identify the cause of this failed weight loss and perform a revision to fix your individual issue.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive condition characterized by stomach acid consistently flowing upwards into the esophagus. It can be caused by an imperfect bariatric surgery. GERD symptoms include chest pain, an inability to swallow, sore throat, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Pain & Other Complications
There are several other complications that can occur following weight loss surgery. These can include a ballooning gastric pouch, ulcers, reduced stomach restriction, and the damage or displacement of gastric bands. Our bariatrics experts have the knowledge to identify your issue and resolve it successfully.
Failed Weight Loss Surgery Is Not Always Caused by Surgical Complications
It is also possible that a less-than-ideal outcome could be caused by your original surgeon failing to conduct proper bariatric follow-ups.
Your surgeon should have set you up for success by providing clear and detailed instructions for your new dietary and lifestyle changes. They should have also scheduled critical follow-ups with themselves and your nutritionist. Our surgeons can examine these potential causes and ensure they will provide proper care after revision surgery.
Revisionary Surgery Options Offered in Picturesque Puerto Vallarta
The gastric band, or LAP-Band, was America's most popular bariatric procedure in the early 2010s. Unfortunately, it proved not to be as effective as other weight loss surgeries. The gastric band is now the most frequent bariatric revision surgery. This is especially the case if it was placed several years prior and the patient is now experiencing significant weight gain or erosion/migration of the gastric band. A frequent revision solution is converting the gastric band into a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.
Another common revision is for gastric sleeve surgery. This is particularly necessary if your gastric sleeve has resulted in regaining weight or suffering from major GERD symptoms. A gastric sleeve can often be converted into a gastric bypass or mini gastric bypass to resolve these problems. Ideally, our bariatric surgeons would convert an unsatisfactory gastric sleeve into a duodenal switch. A duodenal switch combines a sleeve gastrectomy with an intestinal bypass to eliminate the vast majority of excess weight.
Gastric bypass is a very popular and effective weight loss surgery. Instead of converting your gastric bypass into another procedure, our bariatric surgeons typically explore one of two revisionary options. First, they may review the gastric pouch. Our Puerto Vallarta team will determine if the pouch should be reduced in size to improve restriction, leading to better weight loss. They will also look for and address hernias impeding weight loss. The second path our weight loss surgeons may take is the modification of your intestines to create a better non-absorbent effect.
Successful Bariatric Surgery Can Add Years to Your Life
The peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine reviewed studies involving 174,000 obese individuals. Researchers found that bariatric surgery patients had a median lifespan of more than 6 years longer than those who attempted to manage their weight non-surgically.
Bariatric surgery can be truly life-changing. If your initial results are not what you dreamed of, consider our Puerto Vallarta team for transformative bariatric revision surgery. In addition to providing incredible results, our Puerto Vallarta location allows you and your family to enjoy a memorable vacation.
Puerto Vallarta is a beach-side resort town that sees millions of vacationers each year. The Malecón Boardwalk, Marietas Islands, and Café des Artistes restaurant are all huge draws that allow medical tourism patients and their families to make lifelong memories. We also have a location in Nayarit, Mexico. Call or write to learn more about how we can fix your gastric band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery.
Obesity Is Costly
Adults with obesity can expect to spend over $2,500 more annually on medical care than those of a standard weight. People who have class 3 obesity on average spend over three times more than those with class 1 obesity.
We Use Advanced Techniques to Complete Bariatric Surgery Revisions
Our weight loss revision surgeries are performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera that allows us to operate on your abdomen without the need for large incisions. The laparoscopic approach achieves optimal outcomes while resulting in less bleeding, scarring, pain, and recovery time.
For Procedure and Stay
The average operating time for revisions is two to three hours. This can fluctuate depending on the specifics of the previous surgery as well as the type of revision. In general, patients will require a hospital stay of one to two nights.
Our medical tourism package is five days in total and includes at least one full day for you and your family to explore Puerto Vallarta.
Compliance Following Revision Surgery
Our bariatric experts take great care to impress upon each patient the importance of adhering to a new strict nutrition plan, lifestyle changes, and habit modifications. We also include a special liquid diet both before and after surgery.
Your compliance can make or break progress toward your ultimate goal. With your help, we have all the tools needed to completely enhance your quality of life.