What is Revisional Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
Sleeve gastrectomy functions via the creation of a 120 cc vertical tube or sleeve using a line of stomach staples. If results aren’t as expected over the long term here, similarly to gastric bypass procedures, stretching of the sleeve is the likely issue.
What is unique in the case of sleeve gastrectomy is that one of your revisional choices will actually be a repeat of the original procedure. However, it’s important to note that stapling over the original staple line adds a higher risk of complication to your procedure.
An alternative is the Band Over Sleeve. Like the Band Over Bypass, a lap band is utilized over top of your initial surgery, reversing and controlling the stretching which had occurred. This is popular, successful, and carries a lower risk than a repeat sleeve gastrectomy.
How Does Revisional Lap Band Surgery Work?
If you originally underwent lap band surgery, then you’re familiar with the need for ongoing adjustment, control and fine tuning of the lap band in order to maintain results. As opposed to either the gastric bypass or vertical gastric sleeve, no permanent physical changes were made via surgery to your body.
Therefore, your two revisional options are actually to undergo one of those two initial procedures, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. In the case of gastric sleeve, it’s recommended for those who initially saw success with the lap band, whereas gastric bypass is typically recommended for those who never truly saw results, as well as diabetic patients. Each procedure carries its own unique set of advantages.
The Bottom Line on Revisional Surgery
Deciding to undergo revisional weight loss surgery is of course a very serious process, and it’s essential that you are thoroughly familiar with the options, and the risks.
Finding an experienced, seasoned surgical team is crucially important, particularly with the added risk of complication with a revisional procedure. Additionally, finding the support of a comprehensive bariatric program such as the one the Tristate NYBG provides is very important as well. Proper education, ongoing assistance and follow-ups, support groups, mentors, and more will be at your disposal and are proven to enhance your long term weight loss results.
When you’re ready for revisional surgery in New Jersey, we’re here to help. Call us at 800.633.8446 and we can schedule a consultation appointment or answer your questions.