Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective long-term weight loss programs for those suffering from excessive weight and obesity. It is, however, possible to start regaining some weight several years after a successful weight loss surgery procedure. Remember that life goes on after bariatric surgery and that means that oftentimes strict diet and exercise regiments fall by the wayside. For this reason and others, the volume of food that you consume may begin to increase and so too may the size of the gastric pouch. The result is weight gain.
For some, mild weight regain may be corrected with diet modification and a renewed emphasis on exercise. Others may need a revisional bariatric procedure in order to correct it. It is important to remember that a revision bariatric procedure should be performed by a qualified surgeon experienced in the type of procedure that you may need.
When is it Needed?
Patients in need of revision will usually come to our office with a complaint of significant weight regain. Before any revisional bariatric procedure, it is critical to ensure that the weight gain is indeed caused by something other than overeating. For that reason, patients should come to our office prepared with a food journal detailing a week or more of meal and exercise. Once the determination has been made that it is not a behavioral issue, we will be able to discuss surgical options. If indeed, the patient has lost their way in the post-bariatric diet, we offer options to help you get back on track and return to your former regimen.
How to Begin
A revisional surgical procedure should be undertaken only when all other options are exhausted since there is a greater risk of complications. Please attend one of our free informational seminars to learn more about the surgical options to correct weight regain.