Will There Be Additional Surgical Treatments After My Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
By Fernando Garcia on May 21, 2014
Gastric sleeve surgery can make a positive impact in the lives of many patients, which is why we have written about it so much on this blog. We really do believe that that benefits of the surgery will allow many patients to achieve excellent health and wellness. During a consultation, the team at our bariatric surgery center will determine if gastric sleeve surgery or another weight loss option is right for you.
One issue that sometimes comes up is the need for any additional treatment or surgery after one undergoes a gastric sleeve surgery. We'd like to cover these matters right now so you understand how we prevent the need for additional treatment after a gastric sleeve has been performed.
Additional Treatment Is Generally Unnecessary
Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery involves the reduction of stomach size to reduce calorie consumption and feelings of hunger. As we have noted before, the surgery is rather low maintenance in nature, meaning that there is generally little need for additional adjustment or treatment after the primary surgery.
By comparison, the gastric banding surgery will often require additional treatments in order to adjust or reposition the band that is placed to reduce stomach size. Such issues are not a factor with gastric sleeve.
With all this in mind, when a gastric sleeve surgery is unsuccessful, one solution for treatment is a revision surgery.
Revision of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Revision surgery essentially means a corrective or secondary surgery that is performed in order to improve the results of the initial procedure. With a revision gastric sleeve surgery, this will mean one of two kinds of corrections:
- Re-sleeve Surgery - This form of revision surgery involves what is in essence a second gastric sleeve procedure. The size of the stomach pouch is revised again to make it a little bit smaller in hopes of achieving more ideal results.
- Conversion to Duodenal Switch - If re-sleeving is not an option, the initial gastric sleeve can be transformed into a duodenal switch, which is another kind of surgical weight loss procedure combining restrictive and malabsorptive techniques.
During a consultation for bariatric revision, you can find out which would be more ideal for you given your situation.
Reasons for Gastric Sleeve Revision
The most common reason for gastric sleeve revision is inadequate weight loss from the initial gastric sleeve procedure. This means slow weight loss, limited weight loss, or weight loss that levels out too quickly.
In some cases, a corrective procedure may be performed in order to address immediate complications that are linked to the reduced stomach pouch, such as leakage from the stomach pouch.
Steps We Take to Ensure Success and Avoid the Need for Revision
When Dr. Fernando Garcia plans any sort of weight loss surgery, he is very careful to ensure that patients experience optimal results. This means meticulous planning of the entire procedure from the consultation to the actual surgical date and beyond.
In order prevent the need for corrective surgery as a result of complications, Dr. Garcia will test the stomach pouch three times following the surgery to ensure the quality of the work. Patients will be carefully monitored in the first few days after surgery so that we know they are doing well.
Learn More About Advanced Weight Loss Surgery
If you would like more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best with regard to your overall health, weight, and wellness.