Robotic Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Robotic Revisional Bariatric Surgery in Denver

A patient who has undergone bariatric surgery before may require a follow-up or revisional procedure in order to achieve their desired weight loss. Multiple techniques and procedures have been used throughout the years, with variable outcomes for patients. Sometimes these surgeries result in inadequate weight loss.

If you’ve had previous bariatric surgery and haven’t seen desirable results, our team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute can help! We’ll meet with you to determine if the lack of weight loss is due to mechanical or behavioral reasons. We’ll then develop a plan that best suits your needs for either altering your lifestyle habits or undergoing another procedure.

Reasons for Failed Weight Loss Surgery

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A wide range of factors can contribute to failed weight loss surgery. These include age, initial weight, compliance with surgery follow-up, and others. 

But there can also be problems based on the procedure that was initially performed. 

Adjustable gastric band placement, for example, typically has a higher failure rate, compared to some other surgeries. 

Some possible reasons for revision bariatric surgeries include:


Technical Reasons

There may be a mechanical failure from the previous operation, such as a lap band slip. 70% of lap band patients struggle with adequate weight loss and are not comfortable with their band and fills. 

In addition, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration are common. The lap band may need to be removed and converted to a gastric sleeve in order to achieve the desired weight loss.

A thorough workup is necessary to better understand why a patient is not losing weight. Only after we do that can we tailor a plan for surgical therapy.


Resuming Unhealthy Eating Habits

Going back to an unhealthy diet after the surgery can still contribute to weight gain even if taken in smaller quantities. Eating fast food, sugar, and processed foods can affect your weight. That’s why it’s essential to consult with a bariatric dietitian to create a food plan tailored specifically for you. These new and healthier food plans can help you lose weight quickly and provide you with the necessary nutrition your body needs to function properly.


Lack of Exercise

Exercise helps your body burn off the excess calories you consume. Ignoring calorie-burning exercises can slow down weight loss, even if you are not gaining as many extra pounds each day.



There are some medications that can result in weight gains such as beta-blockers, steroids, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any of these, it might be the reason why you haven’t been able to lose as much weight as expected or get back on track with your healthy lifestyle choices.

Ideal Candidates for Robotic Revisional Bariatric Surgery

If you are still struggling with your weight post-op, our team will guide you to achieve your desired goals. 

Ideal candidates for revisional bariatric surgery are people who are:

    • Between the ages of 18 and 65
    • Morbidly obese with a BMI of 40 or higher
    • Obese with a BMI 35 or higher and have another weight-related health condition, like diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, hypertension, or joint pain
    • Unsuccessful after trying multiple diet and exercise programs
    • Non-smokers
    • Dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle changes that accompany the surgery

Factors to Consider for Robotic Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

If you have experienced failed weight loss surgery, our skilled bariatric team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute in Denver can meet with you to help determine whether you’re a good candidate for revisional bariatric surgery. 


We’ll consult with you about your health history and the details of your prior procedure, determining the best method for moving forward. The best outcomes from revisional bariatric surgeries are achieved by the most experienced bariatric surgeons who have had experience with robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgeries. A surgeon inadequately trained to do open procedures should not be performing revisional bariatric surgery. 


Dr. Brown has performed a significant number of robotic, laparoscopic, and open revisional surgeries, so you know you will be in good hands. For more information, contact our skilled and compassionate Denver team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute at 303-861-4505.

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