Bariatric Revision Surgery | Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Revisions

About the procedure

Bariatric revision surgery is a highly specialized set of surgical procedures that aims to improve results from or help with issues that may have arisen from previous weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass, gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy. We’re proud to have a team of talented and experienced surgeons who have expertise in helping you with revision bariatric surgical consideration. We are a regional, destination care center for diagnosing and treating issues from prior bariatric surgeries. Our ultimate goal is to get you back on track for your weight loss journey.

How It Works

Knowing whether you need bariatric revisional surgery and which one you may need depends mostly on your unique medical history and the nature of your results and issues. In some cases, patients who have had one bariatric surgery will want to change to a different one to treat a specific issue or improve their results. Reasons for revising an existing bariatric surgery include insufficient weight loss or weight regain, as well as gastrointestinal issues such as reflux/GERD and food intolerances.

It’s important to bear in mind that a critical part of what we offer to those with inadequate weight loss or weight regain is a reboot of your diet and behaviors in a safe and scientifically-based manner. These tools are critical to your success this time. If you believe you do not qualify for bariatric surgery but are still looking for assistance with weight loss, we have a vibrant Metabolic Program to assist you.

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What Are The Risks?

As with all major surgeries, including weight-loss surgeries, there are possible risks that include blood clots, infections, leaks in your intestinal system, or breathing problems. Gastric bypass surgery carries risks that are similar to any abdominal surgery. But, when done in a center-of-excellence such as ours, the risks are about the same as having your appendix out. In our program, our safety record is in-line with or exceeds the standards set by the ASMBS in all regards.

As with any weight-loss surgery, we will teach you how to increase your success and safety through our detailed-operative education program.

How Much Will Your Procedure Cost?

We’re more than happy to help you with finalizing your insurance coverage if bariatric surgery is a benefit offered by your insurer. Alternatively, you may choose our Self-Pay option.

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What To Expect After Your Procedure

It’s important to get on the same page with your doctor in terms of what you can expect post-surgery. There are procedure-specific averages in terms of excess weight loss expectations after revisional bariatric surgery. Your surgeon and the bariatric team will discuss these with you prior to surgery. Note, the excess weight-loss post revision is usually less than with primary bariatric surgical intervention; so, it is more important than ever to make sure that your life, diet, and behaviors are in-line with our teaching to maximize your results.

Most people stay in the hospital for two days for recovery.

You can expect to resume normal daily activities around three to five weeks after your surgery. It’s crucial that you prioritize your healing and rest in the early postoperative period.