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Revision Bariatric Surgery

A small proportion of patients will regain some or all of their weight after bariatric surgery. There could be any of number of reasons for this.

Patients who have undergone an older form of bariatric surgery – such as a ‘vertical banded gastroplasty’ or an ‘uncut’ gastric bypass are at risk of weight regain. This typically arises because the older staple lines fail and result in breakdown of stomach partitions allowing the capacity of the stomach to return to that prior to surgery. The patient finds that they can eat more, lose the sense of restriction and subsequently regain their weight.

It is always a good idea to follow up with your bariatric surgeon, more so if you are regaining weight. Our program offers patients careful evaluation for weight regain after pervious bariatric surgery.

In those patients were weight regain can be attributed to a correctable ‘anatomical’ cause, we would be able to offer revisional surgery to restore an effective anatomy for maximal weight loss.