Actually, I think you are wise to ask about a revision if your WLS fails. I had my gastric bypass in Sept. 2005. My highest was 381. I lost 200 lbs. When I hit the 5 year mark I started regaining weight. No matter what I did, the weight continued to come back. I'm now back up to 270 and totally disgusted with myself and my surgery. I can exercise until I'm about to drop. I even went and did a 2 week liquid diet just like I did when I first had my surgery. The scale never budges. I'm not happy with myself in any shape, form, or fashion.
Let me warn you about a possible side affect I don't think I've ever seen mentioned. (I honestly don't come on this site much anymore.) I ended up having to have all my teeth removed and get dentures. Why? I wasn't absorbing my calcium. I did the chews just like my surgeon told me to do, yet me teeth still crumbled. Now, I'm worried about my bones.
Think long and hard! And be extra careful when you hit the 5 year mark. I wish you much luck!
Anglebear you should have started another thread to address your concerns as this one is 3 years old and about medicare. Not absorbing calcium is a problem usually in people not getting the right calcium. It is very important for RNY to have calcium citrate. Our center didn't even know about this in '05(and still listed the wrong kind in '09). We had a person with RNY almost lose her mother because of this. She started hard core researching nutrition at the molecular level. She was the go to person for our center and even lead support groups to educate people about getting the RIGHT kinds of supplements. She would help people set up complex scheduled. She was here on OH and had a blog and people differed to her with the up most of respect.
Highest 290, Banded - 248 Lowest 139 (too thin!). Comfort zone 155-165.
Happily banded since May 2006. Regain of 28lbs 2013-14. ALL GONE!
But some has returned! Up to 175, argh! Off we go again,