What is revisional bariatric surgery? When is revisional bariatric surgery recommended? These are important questions for a number of reasons — and for a number of people. For the answers, we turn to Dr. Marina Kurian, founder and head of New York Minimally Invasive Surgery and an experienced bariatric surgeon.
Revisional bariatric surgery, revisional weight-loss surgery, or bariatric revision surgery are all names for a procedure undergone to correct or improve upon a previous weight loss surgery.
Bariatric Surgery: NY Minimally Invasive Surgery
Obesity is a chronic disease. And for the vast majority of patients, bariatric surgery results in a successful outcome. For Dr. Kurian, this means three things at a minimum.
First, it means the patients lose weight after surgery. Second, it means the patient maintains a healthy weight for a lifetime. And finally, it means that patients no longer suffer from many of the problems that burdened their pre-weight-loss-surgery lives: high-blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, and more.
However, for some patients, bariatric surgery does not result in these successful outcomes. This can happen for a variety of reasons. During consultations, Dr. Kurian may recommend revisional bariatric surgery.
Revisions are done for a number of reasons, Dr. Kurian says. There may be weight regain or a weight recurrence. Kurian may also recommend revisional bariatric surgery due to complications, such as ulcers, heartburn, and acid reflux.
Any course correction is done only after a thorough examination of the patient and a review of the problem.
“What I do is I get them back in the office,” Dr. Kurian says. “We meet with the dietitian. We determine if we can actually give them medications to help them get back on their journey or if there’s something anatomically changed with their original weight loss procedure.”
Revisional Bariatric Surgery
At NYMIS, we often see patients who have come to Dr. Kurian seeking relief after weight-loss surgery at another clinic.
“I see other patients coming in from around the country,” she says. “The goal of my practice is really to help the patient, and together we come up with what the best solution is for the problem that the patient has.”
Here are a few quick facts about revisional bariatric surgery in New York:
- May be performed in order to counteract weight regain
- May also be recommended in cases where patients feel unwell (heartburn, ulcers, etc.)
- Minimally invasive surgical or an endoscopic procedure
- May be covered by insurance
Important: If you are experiencing pain or vomiting after weight loss surgery, Dr. Kurian may be able to help you identify a cause and provide a solution.
If you think you may be in need of revisional bariatric surgery, please contact our office to schedule a visit with our team. We will work with you all to determine the best course of corrective action, if the doctor determines it is necessary.
Dr. Kurian has extensive experience in revisional surgeries and reoperations. After a review of your medical history, she will diagnose the problem and recommend a procedure.
Our team has extensive experience in surgical revisions of gastric banding, lap band, roux-en-y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and more, and can also perform endoscopic revisions of the gastric pouch and band over bypass.
Finally, we will provide you with a thorough evaluation of the possible weight loss surgery revisions that are available to you — along with realistic expectations.
Dr. Kurian believes that the best outcomes require a team approach and that the surgeon and dietitian should be seen frequently to maximize patient success.
We have nine offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. Our friendly and experienced staff will welcome you and provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice for you and your family.
We’ll inform you about the amount of weight you should expect to lose, diet and exercise, general physical activity, weight control and weight management, and the health benefits of all of these approaches.