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Let’s Talk Revision Surgery – Bariatric Edition

Why Would Anybody Require a Revision Surgery – Let’s get into it.
Revision Bariatric Surgery – What is it? 
I get a lot of questions about “Revision Surgery” which can also be called “Conversion Surgery”.  
So what is it?  It is a laparoscopic bariatric surgery that is performed AFTER the original bariatric surgery.  
  • Revision surgery can be re-doing a VSG to make the pouch smaller.
  • Revision surgery can be revising a VSG to a mini-gastric bypass.
  • Revision surgery can be revising a VSG to a full gastric bypass.
  • Revision surgery can be the removal of a lap band which is then converted to a sleeve, mini or full bypass.
  • Revision surgery can be re-doing a full bypass or a mini bypass.
  • Revision surgery can be re-doing a duodenal switch surgery.
There are many different types of revision bariatric surgeries.
So why would somebody require revision surgery after their first bariatric surgery?
Some people regain their weight and they want to get back into control through surgery as dietary interventions did not work for them.
Others have lost a tremendous amount of weight but they still have a large amount of weight to lose.
Some people have a good restriction but they are not losing their weight quickly enough so they choose a malabsorption procedure to help with the process.
Others had their first bariatric surgery many years ago and they feel like their restriction or malabsorption is not what it once was.
Just like there are many different revision surgeries, there are also as many reasons as to WHY you would need revision surgery.
I don’t want any of my clients to feel shy or embarrassed to reach out if they have questions about revision surgery.  We can talk about the “whys” and also about the “possible revisions” as well as the “pricing”.  Some of my clients do fine with dietary interventions but if they do not, revision is always a possibility.
I know that when you are newly operated, you have the very best intentions and you make the best food choices but sometimes life has a way of “getting in the way” and regain can occur.  There are so many reasons why people can get derailed.  There are divorces, pregnancies, depression, career changes, illness, geographical changes, addictions, poor support systems – the list goes on and on.  
This is a “no shame” zone.  If you need help, please reach out to me.  We can discuss what’s been going on and if you are a good candidate for laparoscopic bariatric revision surgery.
Healthy Hugs, 
Sheri Burke RHN, your bariatric nutritionist and surgery coordinator.

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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