The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is a big one and is not done on a whim. Lots of thought and consideration go into it, not just from the patient, but the doctor, nurse, and dietician as well. Because of this, it can be very frustrating when the results do not meet expectations. In these cases, a revision of gastric sleeve may be necessary.
Insufficient Weight Loss
With gastric sleeve surgery, you may be able to lose 50-70% of your starting weight. However, there can be many reasons for not reaching this goal.
The diet and exercise routine is hard to manage: Maintaining a healthy diet and consistently exercising are the keys to seeing weight loss after bariatric surgery. If you have trouble sticking to your diet or getting exercise in regularly, you may need to work with a dietician to make some modifications.
Your body doesn’t respond to the diet and exercise: Not every body responds to the same diet and exercise in the same way. If you’ve been following your prescribed diet but aren’t seeing the weight loss you expect, you may need to try a different diet or type of activity.
You gain back the weight: Just like there are many reasons you aren’t losing as much weight as you hoped, there are many reasons you may be gaining back the weight after surgery. Your doctor and nutritionist can develop a plan to manage these concerns.
Little or No Improvement to Co-Morbidities
Co-morbidities are medical conditions that exist because of the excess weight. These can include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and acid reflux disease, among others.
In many cases, gastric sleeve surgery can also reduce or eliminate these conditions. If you’ve seen great weight loss but still have symptoms, these can be managed without an additional procedure. However, if you’re not seeing any improvement at all, then you may be interested in a revision of gastric sleeve.
A Big Decision to Take Seriously
If you’ve not been seeing the results you want, you may be feeling frustrated. Nobody wants to have to undergo another procedure. Choosing to have a revision of gastric sleeve surgery is as big of a decision as deciding to have the surgery in the first place. You, your doctor, and your nutritionist, should give this plenty of thought and be sure that it’s the best course of action for you.
Revisions of Gastric Sleeve Procedure
The revision of gastric sleeve procedure is non-surgical, so it can be performed in an outpatient setting with light sedation. One reason for insufficient results is that the opening to your stomach may have enlarged since the gastric sleeve surgery. If this is the case, an endoscopic suture is used to shrink the opening of your stomach and limit its capacity back to the original post-surgery size. The most exciting benefit of a revision of gastric sleeve is that there is minimal recovery time since there are no incisions to heal from.
Is a Revision of Gastric Sleeve Right for You?
If the results from your gastric sleeve surgery have not been what you expected, please contact Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute today. We can help you schedule an appointment to speak with one of our doctors about a revision of gastric sleeve and see if this is the best choice for you.