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Revisional Bariatric Surgery

If you have already undergone a form of bariatric surgery and had complications or did not successfully lose weight, revisional bariatric surgery might be an option for you.

About Weight Loss Revision Surgery

Revisional weight loss surgery is beneficial for correcting complications from a previous weight loss procedure or for enhancing weight loss results.

Typically, surgeons can perform revision procedures laparoscopically. You may need to have open surgery if your prior bariatric surgery caused extensive scarring.

At UPMC's Bariatric Surgery Center, we will carefully evaluate you before considering revisional bariatric surgery for inadequate weight loss.

This evaluation typically involves:

  • An upper GI series to check the anatomy of your stomach or intestines
  • A nutritional assessment to review your eating habits and lifestyle

Risks of Revision Surgery

Revision surgery carries increased risks, such as the potential for bleeding, especially if you have scarring from your original bariatric procedure.

Your bariatric surgeon will review all potential risks and complications with you prior to revision surgery.

Bariatric Revisions Surgical Options

Recovery time for bariatric revision surgery is about two weeks, if the procedure is performed laparoscopically.

  • Gastric bypass surgery: Not reversible
  • Gastric sleeve surgery: Not reversible
  • Gastric (LAP) band surgery: Revision procedures available