Robotic Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Reasons for Failed Weight Loss Surgery
A wide range of factors can contribute to failed weight loss surgery, including age, initial weight, compliance with surgery follow-up, and others. There can also be problems based on the procedure that was initially chosen. 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:
- 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
- Dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle changes that accompany the surgery.
- There may be a mechanical failure from the previous operation, such as a lap band slip. 70% of lapband patients struggle with adequate weight loss and are not comfortable with their band and fills. In addition, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration are common. The lapband may need to be removed and converted to a gastric sleeve in order to achieve 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.
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, those 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.