Revision weight loss surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed on patients who have already undergone a form of bariatric surgery, such as gastric band or gastric sleeve and have either had complications or have not had a significant weight loss.
Typically a gastric bypass would be the preferred option for revisional surgery. However patients that have previously had a bypass, but who have subsequently regained weight can opt to have an adjustable gastric band on top of their bypass.
Gastric Band on top of Gastric Bypass
Gastric Banding operations typically take an hour unless you have adhesions and some scarring from your previous weight loss surgery, then more time will be required.
The procedure involves the surgeon placing a silicone band around the top section of your stomach. To loosen or tighten the gastric band, fluid is injected into or removed through a filling port (that sits underneath your skin) this is connected to an inflatable ring which sits along the inner part of the band. This element of the procedure can be performed easily in any of our 8 local clinic locations and only takes a few minutes.
Prices from £6795
Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass
You will be asked to have a barium swallow (medical imaging procedure) prior to your surgery being agreed – this is to help the surgeon determine if your operation can be completed in a single stage – meaning removal of your gastric band and converting to gastric bypass in a single operation. You will be in theatre for around two and a half hours and you will spend two nights in hospital after the weight loss procedure.
Prices from £11,995
Revisional Surgery Success Stories
10 years ago, my weight was a BIG issue. I had been battling with my obesity for over a decade and it had spiralled out of control. I was wearing size 26, was on medication for heart burn and my knees ached and crunched. I was lethargic, depressed and miserable.
I then made a decision to have a Gastric Band and literally my life changed. Within the first year after surgery, I was wearing a size 16 and I felt like a new person. My band gave me control back. I was able to come off my medication and I even started cycling! Life became easier…and better.
Fast forward 9 happy years.
My life with my band was then becoming more difficult. I noticed that my diet had become quite restrictive and I was always standing up to eat. An x-ray showed that my band was far too tight and overly restricted and the reason I was standing up to eat, was because my muscles in my oesophagus had stopped working and the food was only going down due to gravity. My band was then emptied to resolve this and I promptly gained 1 stone! My snoring also returned.
I then made the decision to have my Gastric Band removed and have a revision to a Gastric Bypass. I had always secretly known that a Gastric Bypass was more suitable for me, as I have a sweet tooth and a passion for cheese and wine. So I went ahead and had my operation at the end of March in 2015.
The first 2 months post-op were quiet difficult. I made a few errors with my food choices, but I lived and learned. My diet is far more varied now. I eat what my family eat, but in a smaller portion. I do avoid chocolate, cheese and other high fat and sugar foods, and I find living with my Bypass much easier than it was with a band.
I have lost over 5 stone since I had my surgery, and I am now in a size 10. I have found it hard to adjust to my body. I sometimes don’t recognise myself. I do have some loose skin now (as overall I am over 9 stone lighter), but I accept this as a side effect of weight loss. I feel so much better now. I have more energy and zest for life. Getting dressed is easy – you don’t have to think as much about what you wear! I just throw on a pair of jeans and feel confident in them.
The Gastric Bypass is the most invasive form of bariatric surgery, but it is the Gold Standard. Before my revisional surgery, another patient who had been through a band to bypass revision said to me – “Ali, it’s the difference between driving a Mini or a Ferrari”! She was right, the Gastric Bypass does give you fast results and the ride so far has been exhilarating!
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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team
Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.