A Second Chance With Revisional Bariatric SurgeryOctober 16, 2013
Having weight loss surgery is not an easy decision. Undergoing it a second time is an even more challenging choice to make. Nevertheless, for some patients who gained their weight back or experienced post-op complications, it can be an ideal opportunity to re-ignite weight loss.
There have been several different bariatric procedures over the years. Some outdated operations, such as “stomach stapling” (VBG), don’t always deliver the results patients and their doctors anticipated, or, occasionally, the patient may experience post-surgical complications. Revisional weight loss surgery, changing from one procedure to another, can be more technically complex operation, but may also produce very successful outcomes.
Two recent patients, a dynamic mother/son duo from Marlboro, New Jersey, recently underwent revisional bariatric surgery after experiencing post-surgical complications. Deborah Borden had the adjustable gastric band implanted in 2008, but her body never adjusted to the device and she couldn’t properly digest her food. She also wasn’t losing weight to her satisfaction. “It wasn’t doing anything for me. It was more of a hassle than anything else,” she recalls. Like his mother, 26-year-old Brian Borden, also underwent gastric band surgery and experienced similar issues. Fortunately, they were both excellent revision surgery candidates. I removed their bands and then performed a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) for both of them.
They had no complications from the second procedure and steady weight loss has resumed. In fact, since their first procedures, Deborah and Brian have now lost a combined total of 300 pounds!
The Borden’s weight loss journey wasn’t always easy, but Deborah has some advice for others who may be facing the same situation. ”I really believe that weight loss surgery is a great option for those of us who need to lose a lot of weight. But if you had a procedure a long time ago, or one that just didn’t work for you, don’t give up. There are newer options out there but you have to take the first step.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORDr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is a New Jersey board certified, fellowship-trained, advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon. He is the Medical Director of Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel, NJ, and Co-Medical Director of Central Jersey Bariatrics in Freehold. He specializes in performing a wide range of bariatric procedures including RNY gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch (DS), gastric banding and revision bariatric surgery.
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