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Failed Gastric Bypass: What You Need to Know

What to Do to Avoid or Correct a Failed Gastric Bypass

The first step to avoid a failed gastric bypass needs to be taken even before the surgery. There are three other types of bariatric surgery, adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), in addition to gastric bypass.

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Not all surgical procedures are appropriate for all patients. Consulting with an experienced physician at a certified medical center about the most suitable type of weight loss program is the first step to avoid failure.

However, when complications do occur, patients may need to undergo additional surgeries in order to correct the problem. “As weight loss failure represents an important concern, there is the possibility to perform revisional surgeries, which may emphasize the restrictive or malabsorptive characteristics of RYGB, leading to varied results. It is reinforced that weight loss cannot be used as the unique outcome to evaluate the success of surgery,” explain the authors of the cited study. In some cases, the results may be rectified only by adopting a healthy diet and performing regular exercise.

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