Revision Bariatric Surgery

dr balsama bariatric surgeon revision surgery procedure

What is Revision Bariatric Surgery?

If you’ve had bariatric surgery, but were unsatisfied with your results, a revision bariatric surgery may be the answer. While we commonly convert gastric bands to sleeve gastrectomies, other surgeries are possible as well.
Our team can guide you if you’re unsure of what you want your previous bariatric surgery to be converted to. Please contact us with any questions.

  • Must be 18 or older
  • BMI of 40+ or BMI of 35 with serious weight-related illness


  • Benefits depend on which bariatric surgery the original surgery is converted to
dr balsama bariatric surgeon revision bariatric surgery procedure


  • Recovery varies according to the selected surgery.
  • The four types of Revision Lap-Band Surgery are:
    • Rebanding
    • Lap Band Revision Surgery to Gastric Sleeve
    • Lap Band Revision Surgery to to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
    • Lap Band Revision Surgery to Duodenal Switch (DS)


Revision Bariatric Surgery FAQs

Why would I need revision bariatric surgery?

If your first bariatric surgery did not result in sustained, significant weight loss, you may be for revision bariatric surgery to correct the failure.

How do I know if I am a candidate for revision bariatric surgery?

Anyone who has had a previous bariatric surgery who is not satisfied with the results or experiencing harmful side effects can be a candidate for revision surgery.

Will my insurance cover revisional bariatric surgery?

Insurance coverage and qualifying procedures vary by carrier and situation. When revision bariatric surgery is needed to correct a failed surgery, it can be covered by insurance, but not always.

What should I expect after revision surgery?

After revision bariatric surgery, you can expect a renewed lifestyle that helps you make healthy choices and reduces your risk for obesity-related disorders and comorbidities.

How should I prepare for revisional surgery?

Although the exact instructions may vary depending on your specific revision surgery’s procedure, keep following your healthy exercise routine and diet and stopping certain medications as directed.

What is bariatric revision?

Revision bariatric surgery is any surgical procedure designed to correct, enhance, or switch strategies for surgical weight loss procedures that have not been effective.

Could I potentially need two revision surgeries?

Although there’s no theoretical limit to the number of revisional surgeries you can have, each additional procedure increases the risks of adverse side effects.

How much weight should I lose following surgery?

After revision bariatric surgery, you can lose weight until you are in a comfortable, stable, and healthy range of weight.

What risks do I face with revision surgery?

As a major surgical procedure, revision bariatric surgery comes with risks such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, acid reflux, and ulcers, among others.

What should I prepare for my recovery?

Dr. Balsama will direct you to a specific diet plan following revision surgery, according to the type of revision procedure performed.