Sergey Lyass, MD
Bariatric Surgeon & Weight Loss Physician located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA & Glendale, CA
For patient needing to reinforce weight loss Dr. Lyass offers an operative pouch reduction surgery. At his practice, Dr. Lyass can help patients throughout the Los Angeles area from one of three locations: Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, and Glendale.
Operative Pouch Reduction Surgery for Weight Regain Q & A
Obesity is a chronic disease that many people struggle with for the course of their lives. Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is an opportunity to overcome that struggle with physical assistance from your bariatric surgeon. In some situations, revisionary bariatric procedures can be used to reinforce weight loss and to reduce the potential of weight re-gain.
The Gastric Bypass Procedure
One of the most common forms of bariatric surgery is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operation, during which part of the stomach is separated from the larger stomach through a series of incisions. This creates a smaller stomach pouch that then holds food as it is consumed, meaning that you can reduce how many calories you eat without experiencing severe hunger.
Gastric bypass surgery will allow you to healthily lose weight at an accelerated pace. To manage this weight loss, it is required that you make long-term changes to your diet and behavioral habits, including how often you exercise.
While many people are able to make these changes to their diet and lifestyle and maintain their weight loss long-term, it is possible to regain some or all of your weight following gastric bypass surgery. This happens when the smaller stomach pouch becomes stretched, allowing more food to enter the stomach comfortably at one time. To accommodate for this, revisionary operations are available to reduce the stomach back to the appropriate post-operative size.
Revision Weight Loss Surgery
Revisionary laparoscopic gastric pouch resizing can reinforce weight loss following the roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure by reducing the size of the original stomach pouch, which has now become dilated, or stretched.
Much like the original procedure, the revision pouch reduction is a laparoscopic operation, which means that it is minimally invasive and is completed through a series of small incisions in the abdomen. This greatly reduces scarring and post-operative pain. Following the pouch reduction, you will be directed to follow a post-operative diet that is similar to your original dietary plan. The smaller stomach pouch will further reduce hunger and support a lower calorie diet, reinforcing the healthy behaviors that allowed you to lose weight originally after your gastric bypass procedure.
Operative pouch reduction for weight re-gain is not necessary for all gastric bypass patients. Many who undergo weight loss surgery are able to successfully keep the weight off without further surgical intervention. Working closely with your weight loss surgeon and making the appropriate changes to your diet and exercise habits early on in your weight loss journey can help you avoid the need for revisionary intervention.
For more information about operative pouch reduction for weight re-gain after gastric bypass surgery, contact your weight loss surgeon.
*Individual Results May Vary