Revisional Bariatric Surgery


Revisional Bariatric Surgery refers to a second weight loss surgery. Revisional options include: 1) lap band to gastric sleeve, 2) lap band to gastric bypass, 3) gastric sleeve to gastric bypass, and 4) gastric sleeve to duodenal switch.

On this page, you’ll learn about this procedure, as well as what you can expect from Dr. Lutfi and his staff. We have performed numerous successful revisional surgeries using the most advanced techniques in the field.

Dr. Lutfi has many years of experience working with patients who wish to lose weight and get rid of diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.  To date, he has performed more than 2,500 weight loss procedures.

We focus on wellness and treat the whole patient – body and soul – with a dietitian, psychologist, experienced nurses, and an insurance specialist on our full-time staff.

Our relationship with you is paramount. Whether your original surgery was performed by someone else or by Dr. Lutfi, you will meet with him personally right away on your first visit. He will then be available to you from the time leading up to your surgery to the entirety of your recovery.

While we practice “Evidence-Based Medicine” that follows the latest scientific evidence at our Institute, we believe that the choice of surgery and the plan of care should be customized for each individual based on their history, expectations, and goals.

While we practice “Evidence-Based Medicine” that follows the latest scientific evidence, we believe in our Institute that the choice of surgery and the plan of care should be customized for each individual based on their history, expectations and goals.

What Makes Revisional Bariatric Surgery Necessary?

Sometimes, the first bariatric surgery does not achieve the desired results for a variety of reasons. If there is no post-operative weight loss, it’s easy to tell that the initial surgery was unsuccessful. This is true if the gastric pouch that was created was too large. If that is the case, the patient may lose very little weight or begin to regain weight after about a year when small meals cease to be satisfying.

Sometimes, however, patients regain weight even years after a successful bariatric surgery. This can happen even if they work hard, exercise, and adhere to a relatively strict diet. We do not judge those who need a second surgery! It can happen to anyone.

For example, if the connection between the small intestine and the stomach pouch dilates, the stomach pouch will empty more quickly, and the patient will no longer feel full. The pouch can also stretch in size so that it holds more food, causing weight gain.

Nevertheless, do not feel discouraged, as many patients experience success from a single surgery. It is just like any other illness or condition – some of us need more treatment than others. So if you need a revisional procedure, do not feel like you have failed.

It’s very important to Dr. Lutfi to provide caring, non-judgmental treatment to all of his patients.

What Is Revisional Bariatric Surgery?

Revisional Bariatric Surgery can be done after most any bariatric surgery technique depending upon the patient’s condition. Dr. Lutfi will examine you and discuss what technique he recommends for your revisional procedure. He will discuss your goals and options with you in detail to make sure you feel comfortable and know exactly what to expect.

Because we use state-of-the-art operating rooms with the capability to perform intra-op endoscopy, we are able to examine the stomach laparoscopically using a tiny camera. This allows Dr. Lutfi to resolve any scar tissue left from the prior surgery, which will help you get back on the right track and be able to stick to portion control without hunger pains or food absorption problems.

To lift the stomach slightly away from the small intestine, the abdomen is temporarily filled with carbon dioxide gas. Dr. Lutfi then uses the laparoscope to remove a portion of the upper curved area of the stomach called the fundus. This makes the stomach smaller and into a more tubular shape. The fundus produces the hormone Ghrelin, which causes hunger.

Removal of this portion of the stomach doesn’t mean you will never feel hungry, but hunger pangs are significantly reduced, while the stomach is also made smaller to accommodate less food intake and help you feel full faster.

Visit our Preparing for Bariatric Surgery and Day of Surgery pages for instructions on how to get ready for your procedure.

How Much Weight Can I Lose After Revisional Bariatric Surgery?

At our Institute, we give you comprehensive support to lose as much weight as possible and to maintain your health and weight after your surgery. We work with you extensively during your follow-up, and our nurses and dietitians are available to you every day. We even have our own support group run by our staff. We are committed to your success!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Revisional Bariatric Surgery?

If you are dissatisfied with the results of your first bariatric surgery or are experiencing subsequent weight gain post-surgery, you are probably a good candidate for revisional surgery. You must be willing to follow the dietary protocol after the surgery, however. If you are not, even a revisional surgery will not be successful. It’s important to remember that your weight loss journey only begins with surgery. The journey continues after that for the rest of your life.

Dr. Lutfi will examine you carefully and evaluate your history before making a recommendation as to whether revisional surgery is a good idea for you. He will also recommend which technique he believes would work best for your revisional procedure. It could be that a different technique than your original surgery will give you a better chance of success.

After you’ve had a thorough conversation with Dr. Lutfi and his team and undergone some thorough testing that often includes an endoscopy, the final decision is always yours.

For more information, please visit our Am I a Candidate? page.

What Is the Recovery Like from Revisional Bariatric Surgery?

 

The recovery time from all of our bariatric surgery procedures is faster than you might think. The surgery requires just one night in the hospital in most cases, and you can go home the next day. Most patients can even exercise the very next day!

Of course, surgery generally results in some bruising and soreness. All of these symptoms are usually minimal and gradually subside within a few days due to the tiny incisions (minimally invasive approach) used to perform the operation.

Dr. Lutfi will prescribe pain medication for you so that you can recover with minimal discomfort.

Since your body won’t absorb all the foods you eat, Dr. Lutfi will prescribe nutritional supplements to make sure you maintain good health after your surgery. You will need to take these for the rest of your life. They will include vitamins, iron, calcium, and more.

Our dietitian will make sure you understand everything about the supplements, will give you all the information you need, and will then follow up with you to make sure your nutritional status is optimized.

Visit our Recovery & Follow Up and Life After Surgery pages for more information.

What Are Some of the Complications from Revisional Bariatric Surgery?

Revisional Bariatric Surgery has a higher risk of complications than initial bariatric surgery. The most fearful risk is leakage of stomach contents from the site of the sutures connecting the stomach to the intestine (known as anastomosis). If this occurs, it could result in a severe infection and may require another surgery.

A common side effect of this surgery is called “dumping syndrome.” Patients who experience this effect experience stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting after eating high calorie or high sugar foods that should be avoided. There is an advantage to this, however, because it causes patients to avoid these foods which deter post-surgery weight loss.

Nevertheless, the advanced techniques we use today make even revisional surgery very safe. While complications are rare, the most common include constipation, gallstones, and infections. Dr. Lutfi will monitor you carefully in post-operative examinations to make sure that you recover properly.

Please visit our Bariatric Surgery Risks & Side Effects page for more information.

Contact us today to find out more about Revisional Bariatric Surgery or our Obesity & Bariatric Program.

Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

Rami Lutfi, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

  • President, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery and Weight Loss and Bariatric Fellowship Program Director at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Clinical Associate Professor at University of Illinois Chicago
  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery: Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Former President of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery
  • He is one of only a few surgeons who educates new surgeons how to perform successful, minimally invasive bariatric surgery.
  • One of the first five physicians trained in North America on the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon
  • Placed the 1st gastric sleeve in the state of Illinois
  • First to place a gastric balloon in the Midwest.
  • Performed over 2500 weight loss procedures.

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What Our Patients are Saying

Natalie, real patient

Natalie - Lost 90 lbs

“Dr. Rami Lutfi and his staff have been absolutely wonderful throughout the entire Bariatric process. They truly care about your well-being and success to become the best version of yourself. I have lost 90 lbs in the course of 6 months and I’m still working hard to achieve my goals. Sticking to diet and exercise truly pays off. Bariatric surgery is a real lifestyle change and is a great tool to better your future health.”

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Collin - Lost 130 lbs

“I cannot thank Dr. Lutfi and his incredible staff enough for helping me get my life back on track  From my initial consultation, to several post op appointments they have always had my best interests in mind throughout this process. It is an important decision and a lifestyle change that takes a big commitment, but with support from the medical team at Dr. Lutfi’s office, friends,and family; I believe it can be the best decision someone can make if they struggle with weight loss issues like I had since a teenager.”

Teresa - Lost 150 lbs

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Pauline - Lost 100 lbs

“I have struggled with obesity my entire life, and when I had my son, my weight afterwards soared. I was in so much pain from the birth and carrying the excess weight that I could not work out and dieting was not helping. Due to the fact I had over 100 lbs to lose, I looked into having barbaric surgery and found Dr. Lutfi. His care and the amazing staff made my decision easy. I am now almost 100 lbs down and a fit, active mom with energy to spare! Thank you Dr. Lutfi!”

Michael - Lost 116 lbs

“The bariatric journey is definitely not an event that begins and ends with a surgical procedure — it’s a process that takes a lot of effort.  But on that journey, it is helpful to have the support of a comprehensive bariatric team. Certainly, it starts with expert surgical hands, like Dr. Lutfi’s.  I chose his practice due to his experience and enthusiasm. The medical and nutritional information provided by Markie and Erin made creating and sticking to a plan easy and straightforward….

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