Redo Bariatric Surgery

Redo Bariatric Surgery

The huge upsurge in the results of bariatric surgery increased the demand of obese patients for this kind of surgery that affords the best alternative to the failed traditional weight loss methods.

With this dramatic increase in bariatric surgery, approximately 5% to 8% of patients showed a need for a redo bariatric surgery to correct an unsuccessful one, especially those older procedures that did not achieve the expected weight loss results or were followed by some complications.
Redo bariatric surgery has recently been proven successful when it is carried out in profoundly specialized centers.

What is a redo bariatric surgery? And when does the patient need to revise a bariatric surgery?

What would call for a redo bariatric surgery?

Some patients may need to undergo a redo bariatric surgery in these cases:

  • Less than 50% excess weight loss and it becomes more difficult to lose more weight afterward; Thus, it may be performed as a complementary procedure to the primary surgery in cases of extreme or morbid obesity.
  • Long-term weight gain and return to obesity.
  • Natural foods intolerance, and eating disorders that do not improve with treatment.
  • The emergence of severe health complications associated with the previous bariatric surgery, such as gastric band slippage and the accompanying vomiting and dizziness, or the occurrence of complications that do not respond to medicines.
  • An error in the previous surgery, resulting in complications such as leakage and others.
  • No improvement in the treatment of obesity-related diseases such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes.
  • Stretching of the stomach or other problems associated with post-operative lifestyle or quality of food.
  • Also, redo bariatric surgery can be done in the event of severe malnutrition or metabolic disorders when there is no response to drug treatment or there is difficulty in patient’s adherence to medical instructions.


Choosing dr. Tarek Abouzeid, with his long experience and numerous successful surgeries, is one of the most important steps towards a successful bariatric procedure, as well as redo bariatric surgery.
As we use of the most advanced and accurate surgical instruments and follow the latest, most effective, and safest surgical techniques according to international medical standards during & after surgery (such as leak testing to ensure the intactness of the stomach wall… and other specific procedures).


It’s essential to choose the type of bariatric surgery appropriate for the patient’s weight and condition (to initially avoid the need for a redo bariatric).
Our multidisciplinary medical team provides care for the patient and follows the latest and best health care and treatment regimens before and after surgery.


Is there a single redo bariatric surgery that fits everyone?

Of course not.

The techniques of redo or revisional bariatric surgery differ according to the type of the initial surgery to be revised, as well as the patient’s status. Only an experienced surgeon can choose the best surgical technique that fits the patient.

⇛ Stomach stapling and gastric banding are among the most commonly revised bariatric surgeries; due to the old techniques used in these procedures.
Meanwhile, surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass have a great success rate. Therefore, the surgeon may use one of these surgeries – employing certain techniques – as a redo bariatric surgery to revise an unsuccessful procedure.

⇛ Gastric bypass is pretty popular as a redo bariatric surgery; Due to its special success rate and the distinguished results, whether in reducing weight or treating obesity-related diseases.

Certainly, the operative time and the recovery period will vary depending on its type. And the patient returns home within a day or two at most of the laparoscopic redo bariatric surgery.


What’s before a redo bariatric surgery?

Before undergoing a redo bariatric surgery, the doctor determines the main reason for the failure of the earlier surgery. The doctor observes the lifestyle and dietary habits following the initial surgery; In addition to the psychological, social, and health care aspects… To obtain the right solution and the right medical and nutritional advice before considering surgery.

When the doctor finds a necessary need to perform the redo bariatric surgery, he then begins to prepare the patient before the surgery and establishes an integrated program to ensure success before, during, and after the redo bariatric surgery.


Outcomes of the redo bariatric surgery

Although there is a possibility of losing an excess weight less than the original surgery and a slightly higher probability of complications; The redo bariatric surgery can put you back on the path of excess weight loss and improve the management of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Your health status could improve dramatically when you choose the specialist and proficient doctor. Redo surgery can become a necessity when the desired benefits outweigh any possibility of complications.


Following a redo bariatric surgery… what’s next?

Losing excess weight and improving your health and mental well-being usually becomes much better after the redo bariatric surgery when you are willing to make better use of your new post-operative situation as much as possible.

Simple actions like eating less food and calories, acknowledging healthy nutritional options, chewing your food well before swallowing, taking vitamins and minerals as prescribed by your doctor… and other advice that you can implement gradually and flexibly with the help of our medical team until – over time – it becomes a part of your daily habits for a better life.