So can you have gastric bypass twice? The short answer is no…
but there are other options…
Gastric bypass is still considered the Gold Standard in bariatrics; however, its success is not guaranteed and it may be necessary to eventually revise your gastric bypass into a different bariatric surgery to help restart weight loss.
If so many patients are experiencing weight gain after gastric bypass, what’s the solution?
Why you cannot have Gastric Bypass Twice
After a gastric bypass the bulk of your stomach and small bowel are bypassed. You can’t bypass more stomach and bowel, it’s already been done and can’t be done any further.
Put simply, you can’t cut off the same arm twice.
However, just because the first surgery, the gastric bypass, didn’t produce the weight loss you want and need, you still have other options.
Revision Surgery vs. Conversion Surgery
Revision surgery is when there is a mechanical issue with the original surgery that needs fixing.
For Gastric Bypass patients it’s common for ulcers to form that can’t be managed with medication. That needs surgical intervention to be fixed using revision surgery.
Conversion surgery, on the other hand, is directly related with “failed weight loss.” (Failed weight loss sounds harsh, but that just means the surgery didn’t produce the desired amount of weight loss.)
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