In general, between 10% and 30% of patients having any type of weight loss surgery will end up needing later surgery to treat complications or weight regain. One of the main ways to avoid this is to attend regular follow-up appointments to ensure that behaviours, strategies and good eating choices remain on track.

Revisional surgery for bariatric patients can be needed, whether the patient has had a Band, a Sleeve or a Bypass. Redo or revisional surgery is always more complicated than the initial surgery because of obvious changes to the organs with scar tissue present. It often requires further investigation and consultation with the patient.

Sometimes revisional surgery is needed after time as patients tend to drift away from their initial commitment to the operation. They may have redeveloped bad habits, regained weight and now need to look at another bariatric surgical operation.

This is not considered a failure, rather a speed bump in the road. Patients considering revisional surgery should consult with a surgeon and dietitian to assess whether this surgery would be of long-term benefit to them.

With revisional surgery the risks and complications can be higher than with primary bariatric surgery. Our main aim is that one operation is all that is needed to produce lasting results. However, as mentioned this does not always guarantee a complication-free recovery after surgery or guarantee sustainable weight loss if the recommended lifestyle changes are not followed.

Contact Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre today to schedule a consultation to see if this procedure is right for you.

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