Weight Loss Surgery Maryland

Weight Loss Surgery Didn’t Stick? Why a Second Surgery May Be Your Solution

Bad news: You gained all the weight back from your weight loss surgery years ago.

Good news: You are not alone! While not very frequent, there are many contributing factors why some patients gain the weight back (this is especially common after gastric band surgery.


STEP ONE: The first step in identifying why you have gained the weight back is to evaluate what has changed in your life since your initial surgery:

  • You have had children
  • You have gone through a relationship change
  • You have started a new diet
  • You have moved to a new country/region with different food
  • You have started a new job or taken on more stress
  • You have stopped exercising.

If you check any of these boxes above you might need to reevaluate some lifestyle changes with you doctor and nutritionist.

STEP TWO: Meet with your doctor to discuss additional reasons for weight gain.

  • Depending on when you had the initial surgery, there have likely been medical advances where you might benefit more from a second surgery.
  • Has your stomach stretched? This is a common an anticipated result of an older surgery which is easily addressed with your doctor.

STEP THREE: Work with your doctor to identify which secondary surgery is right for you. Common surgeries include:

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Duodenal Switch Surgery

STEP FOUR: Make sure you are covered!

  • Generally, most insurance companies will cover revisions of your weight loss surgery if you have regained the weight.
  • Most insurance companies also cover you if you have a BMI greater than 40 or if you have a BMI of 35 accompanied by a secondary medical issue that is weight related.

STEP FIVE: Schedule your surgery!

  • Note: Your recovery time may be longer than your initial surgery due to altered blood supply and scar tissue. Discuss inpatient and recovery time with your doctor.

Give yourself a second chance at happiness by contacting your doctor at Maryland Bariatrics today to schedule an appointment. 301-965-0546 or office@marylandbariatrics.com

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