Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Complications or problems from weight-loss surgery are rare, but they can be severe if they do occur. Performing corrective (revisional) surgery on a patient who has had a bariatric procedure such as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, or gastric bypass is a challenge because their anatomy has been altered.

Surgical Healing Arts Center surgeons have performed many corrective surgeries to fix eroded or slipped bands, corroded staples and dilated gastric pouches. We are among just a handful of surgery centers nationwide that perform these types of surgeries. Some corrective procedures can even be done laparoscopically without the traditional long incision. Your surgical team can also work with patients whose problems can be eased by adjusting their diet or lifestyle.

Common symptoms that indicate a gastric bypass patient may have a problem requiring revisional surgery are:

Chronic Nausea

Vomiting

Abdominal Pain

Weight Regain

These symptoms may be caused by a “blind limb” (see figure below) at the base of a gastric pouch. A blind limb is the abnormal development of two channeled pathways where the foods and liquids you swallow can travel. What you eat and drink should flow through your original alimentary “roux” limb but sometimes gets stuck in the blind limb, triggering nausea and other symptoms.

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