Can bariatric (weight loss) surgery be reversed?

Azra Kukic
Bariatric Medicine
If the procedure doesn’t take, there is the possibility of reversing weight loss surgery. Azra Kukic from Reston Hospital Center elaborates on this idea in this video.
Bariatric surgery might not be a permanent procedure. Watch this video to learn more about reversing the surgery from John Pilcher, MD, of Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. 
Some types of bariatric surgery can be reversed. However, the reversal operations carry the same or greater risks than the original procedure. Reversal operations are rare. They may be considered when very serious and long-term complications occur after the first operation.
 
Lap-Band procedures are most easily reversed. Reversal of the gastric bypass procedure is rarely needed and is considered risky by most doctors.
 
The sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch cannot be reversed as a portion of the stomach is removed. However, these two surgeries can be changed into a different procedure.
 
If you decide to reverse your surgery, you will likely regain the weight that you lost from the original surgery.
Some bariatric surgeries can be reversed, especially gastric band surgery. In this video, Richard DiCicco, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, describes which weight loss surgeries can be reversed, and which are more difficult. 
Bariatric surgeries are potentially reversible. But the reversal operations carry the same or greater risks than the original procedure.

Reversal operations are rare. They may be considered when very serious and long-term complications arise from the first operation.

Lap-Band procedures are more easily reversed. Reversal of the gastric bypass procedure is rarely needed and is considered too risky by most physicians. Patients need to know that if they decide to reverse the surgery, they will likely regain the weight that they lost from the original surgery.
Bariatric surgeries are potentially reversible. However, reversal operations carry the same or greater risks as the original procedure. 

Reversal operations are rare. They may be considered when very serious and long-term complications arise from the first operation.

Lap-Band procedures are more easily reversed. Reversal of the gastric bypass procedure is rarely needed and is considered too risky by most physicians. Remember, if you decide to reverse the surgery, you likely will regain the weight you have lost from the original procedure.
 
Surgery for weight loss can be reversed, but reversal procedures are usually more dangerous than the original ones. We would only consider reversing these operations in patients who have significant long-term problems from the surgery. It is important to note that anyone who has the operation reversed will regain the weight they lost after the first surgery.

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