Revisional (reoperative) bariatric operations may be performed for problems and complications regarding the previous bariatric procedure or for unsatisfactory weight loss.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Robert Brolin became one of the country’s leading revisional bariatric surgeons, having performed nearly 400 revisional bariatric operations, many performed using laparoscopic techniques.
Complications of Revisional Surgery
Statistically, revisional bariatric procedures are associated with a 4-5 fold higher complication rate in comparison with primary operations. However, there is wide range in the likelihood of having complications that varies with the nature of the reoperative procedure and the experience of the surgeon performing the procedure.
The nature and type of complications are the same as for primary bariatric operations:
LEAKS – In revisional surgery, these are considerably more common and frequently more serious. Other types of infections and bleeding are more common. Some complications result in prolonged hospitalization and permanent disability.