Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Revisional bariatric surgery can be performed when:
- weight loss from the initial operation is inadequate
- malabsorption is severe, producing malnutrition
- there are complications from the original bariatric procedure (e.g. bowel obstruction).
The type of revisional procedure to be performed would, of course, depend upon the initial procedure you had. For example, if you had inadequate weight loss from a vertical-banded gastroplasty (VBG), we would probably convert the VBG to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. But if you had malabsorption problems following a duodenal switch, we would try to length your common channel (the segment of bowel exposed to digestive enzymes).
Revision surgery is almost always performed “open” (through an incision) and has a higher complication rate than bariatric procedures performed for the first time. Nevertheless, revisional surgery can be very successful in treating inadequate weight loss or malabsorption.
OHSU is the premier bariatric surgery center for the treatment of obesity in Portland, Oregon. We look forward to serving you. Please contact us at 503-494-1983.
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