Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Some patients regain weight, don’t lose much weight or develop complications related to their bariatric operation. In such patients revisional or corrective surgery may be required. Revisional surgery is sometimes needed to fix problems such as ulcers, intestinal blockage, leaks that don’t seal or nutritional deficiency. It may also be needed in case of failure to lose weight or in case of insufficient weight loss. The most common form of revisional surgery nowadays is converting failed gastric band into other operations such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Bassem Safadi has had more than 11 years of experience in bariatric surgery and has a lot of experience in revisional surgery. This type of surgery needs a lot of expertise and Dr. Safadi welcomes the challenge of taking care of patients with such difficult problems.

The long-term results of revisional surgery are good if the problem has been diagnosed and characterized properly and remedial surgery is well chosen and well done.

Risks and Side Effects
Revisional surgery is more difficult and thus carries a higher rate of complications and side effects compared to primary bariatric operations. It should be performed in specialized centers and by experienced bariatric surgeons. Dr. Safadi is one of the leading specialists in Lebanon and the Middle East in this type of surgery.

Life after Revisional Surgery
Revisional operations can sometimes be easy with short operative times and hospital stay. Other times, this type of surgery can require open rather than laparoscopic surgery and necessitate a longer stay in the hospital. Most revisional operations aim at fixing or improving on a problem, so it is expected that most patients would be and feel better.

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