With the volume in bariatric surgery happening throughout the years, some patients who have undergone past procedures may come back years later seeking revision. Revisions may be necessary if patients are unsatisfied with their results or unexpected complications arise. While not all procedures can be revised, we work closely with each individual to find options that suit their needs.
Reasons for Surgery Revisions or Reversal
Potential reasons for bariatric revision surgery include:
- Weight regain after achieving weight loss goals
- Unsuccessful resolution of comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension
- Mechanical failure of surgery
- Intractable nausea and vomiting
Sometimes unexpected complications may interfere with weight loss results or interfere with the health of the patient. Patients may even be seeking revisions for errors made by other physicians or may not be satisfied with their surgical results. We want to work with patients as much as possible to achieve their goals in a healthy way.
We perform comprehensive testing when considering revision surgery may be an option, to review any past procedures. As is the case with all procedures, always consider the possible risks and benefits in order to make a well informed decision.
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Surgery Revision Options
- Conversion of Lap Band to Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Conversion of Lap Band to Gastric Bypass
- Completion of Duodenal Switch from a previous Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Revision of Previous Sleeve Gastrectomy
How do I know if I am a candidate for revision surgery?
You will generally need to undergo an upper endoscopy. This will evaluate your current anatomy and suitability for potential surgery. In addition further testing such as CT scan or upper gastrointestinal barium studies may be ordered. Dr. Bonnor will review these results with you and discuss potential courses of action. If a revision surgery is needed, you will be given instructions for pre-operative care, such as diet modifications or avoiding certain medications.
Is revision surgery covered by insurance?
In the event that your insurance policy allows for bariatric surgery coverage, it may take up to six months even with proper documentation requirements. In general, coverage by insurance providers for revisional bariatric surgery mirrors that of the primary procedure, e.g., if you’re 100 pounds over your ideal weight (BMI of 40) or you have significant obesity-related health problems in combination with a BMI of 35.
If you’re suffering from complications related to your original procedure, you may be swiftly approved for surgery due to the medical necessity of your condition. However, those with unsatisfactory weight loss as the reason for their revision may have more difficulty developing a case for getting approved.
Learn More About Revision Surgery
We want to provide you with personalized information regarding your surgery options. Our consultations have your safety in mind. If you are contemplating a revision surgery, contact us to schedule your consultation appointment.