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Bariatric Surgery After Previous Abdominal Procedures: What Patients Should Know

By Fernando Garcia on July 30, 2016

An older man showing concernWhenever we plan a surgery here at Tijuana Bariatrics, we want to make sure that it is performed without any complications. We also work to reduce the chances of complications as patients recover by focusing on the pre-op and post-op process. By performing customized, state-of-the-art bariatric surgery, we can make positive impacts on people's lives.

With regard to pre-op surgical planning, one of the most important things we do is consider the past medical history of the patient. Sometimes a previous surgery and other factors can affect one's candidacy for bariatric procedures. Such is the case with a previous abdominal surgery.

Concerns with Regard to Previous Abdominal Surgery

If a patient has had a previous surgery on the abdominal area or the digestive tract, there are some legitimate concerns about potential complications. This could mean aggravating the scar tissue from the previous surgery, leakage of the digestive tract from bariatric surgery, poor healing, increased risk of negative and long-term side effects following a bariatric procedure, and so on. Because of this, many patients who have undergone an abdominal surgery in the past have legitimate concerns about their bariatric procedure.

The Nature of the Previous Surgery Needs to Be Considered

Rest assured that a previous abdominal surgery does not necessarily preclude a person from undergoing weight loss surgery. The nature and the circumstances surrounding that previous abdominal surgery are very important to consider. By looking closely at these matters, we can properly tailor a treatment to your needs.

Laparoscopic Surgery Can Circumvent Potential Problems

In the past, it was considered a bad idea to perform a laparoscopic surgery on patients who have had previous abdominal procedure. Thanks to advances in techniques and technology, that is not always the case. Surgeons may have to be more careful when operating on patients, this is true, but a previous abdominal surgery is no longer an automatic contraindication for laparoscopic bariatric surgery.

Considering Alternatives If Traditional Bariatric Surgery Is Not Ideal

If it's found that a patient's previous abdominal surgery prevents them from getting bariatric surgery, we can work with the patient to develop alternatives to the initial surgical plan. Sometimes a different weight loss surgery method may be recommended. In other cases, non-surgical options may be considered, and those can also be tailored as needed to the needs of the patient.

Carefully Tailoring the Surgery to Your Needs

Your safety and wellness is important to all of us. That's why we will consider you health goals in the future while also weighing your medical history. By noting the various factors at play, we can develop a safe and effective plan for your weight loss surgery. This is what smart and effective bariatric specialists always strive to do.

Contact Our Team of Bariatric Surgery Experts

For more information about the challenges associated with weight loss surgery and how we can meet them, be sure to contact our advanced weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics will work with you to ensure optimal results.

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