Most of the time, bariatric surgery is an extremely effective way to lose weight fast, but sometimes things do not go according to plan!
The typical instances a patient may require revision or conversion are when:
Revision and conversion are more challenging than first-time bariatric surgery, so it’s essential to find a surgeon who is experienced and extremely competent.
Also, you need to understand that revision work is not something that a good bariatric surgeon ever wants to jump into.
He will want to assess your case, to make sure that you have been following the instructions of your original surgeon.
Key questions will be about your diet post-surgery, and your exercise regime.
You can help him by keeping a diary of your food intake, as well as what exercise you have been taking.
After your surgeon has concluded that the problem is not diet and exercise, a few tests will need to be done.
He will check the size of your stomach pouch using an Endoscope, test how you are absorbing food using Upper Gastrinointestinal Tract Radiography, and will also test how much you are able to eat before feeling full (the Eating Test).
These tests will show how effective your original procedure was, and will point the way to the correct revision or conversion surgery needed to get you back on track.
If your original procedure was a Gastric Bypass, your surgeon may conclude that the best option is to convert to Lap Band surgery, Duodenal Switch or Gastric Sleeve, or it may be determined that the best method is to shrink the stoma, or reduce the size of your stomach pouch.
With unsuccessful Gastric Banding, the most typical revision (after adjusting the band has not helped) is to convert to either Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass.
It is important to understand that it is much less straightforward to put a price on revision and conversion surgery than it is to give a quote for a first-time bariatric procedure.
Your surgeon will need to assess your unique case, and decide which is the most appropriate course of action to give you the results you want.
You can, however, be assured that whichever of our great destinations you choose, the price will be a fraction of what you would be charged if you were to get surgery in the US or Canada!