Revision Surgery Specialist

Rajan Chahal, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Newton, MA

If your previous bariatric surgery failed to provide the desired results, or changes have slowed your weight loss progress, revision bariatric surgery may be a good fit for you. For many men and women in and around Newton, Massachusetts, revision surgery by Rajan Chahal, MD, helped put their weight loss goals back within their grasp. If you have questions or concerns, attend a new patient seminar to learn more about whether revision bariatric surgery is the appropriate path for you. Call the office today for more information.

Revision Surgery Q & A

What is revision bariatric surgery?

Revision bariatric surgery are procedures meant to address issues related to previous bariatric surgery. Sometimes, these are for anatomic reasons and other times to increase metabolism and help with additional weight loss.

Why is revision bariatric surgery necessary?

Stomach expansion can create a need for revision surgery. While bariatric surgery makes it harder for you to consume enough food to gain weight, your stomach is an incredibly flexible organ and it expands to accommodate the volume you consume.  

There are also other issues that can lead to the need for revision. These complications include:

  • Fistula, which is an opening between your stomach pouch and the bypassed portion of your stomach
  • Painful or bleeding ulcers
  • Scar tissue blocking the digestive tract
  • Inadequate vitamin and mineral absorption
  • Signs of bone loss from nutritional deficiency

If your procedure was intended to assist with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or vascular issues, failure to meet those goals may necessitate a different approach.

What can I do to prevent the need for revision bariatric surgery?

There are some complications you simply can’t avoid. Sometimes a bariatric procedure simply doesn’t have the desired effect, and a different approach might be a better fit.  Sometimes a single bariatric procedure is not enough to get the weight loss/metabolic effect desired. Like any disease, obesity has a whole spectrum of responses to therapy.

The single most powerful thing you can do to avoid revision is adhere to your diet and exercise instructions as closely as possible. Life often doesn’t go as planned, and setbacks are to be expected with any weight loss approach. If you find yourself slipping, that is the time to come back to the practice if it has been a while.  There is no judgment to the outcome, and the team’s job is to help get you back on track and treat your obesity.

If you’re going through a hard time and returning to old habits of using food for comfort, short-term therapy could be helpful. If a new relationship has you eating at restaurants or cooking diet-busting meals at home, try to get your partner to support your efforts to stay healthy.

The important thing is to take a proactive approach and be willing to make adjustments as needed. Dr. Chahal is always willing to sit down with you and address your specific challenges, and he can provide advice or referrals to get you back on track.

If you have questions about revision bariatric surgery, attend a new patient seminar to learn more and to find out if this approach might be right for you. You can also contact the office by phone or online if you’re experiencing complications.