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Bariatric Revision Surgery

If you had weight loss surgery but are experiencing weight gain or issues like gastric reflux, bariatric revision surgery may be necessary.

The board-certified bariatric surgeons of ALO Bariatrics are highly skilled at performing many kinds of revision surgeries.

Learn why patients travel to ALO Bariatrics' Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Tijuana, Mexico, surgical facilities for their surgery...

Reasons to Get Revision Surgery 

When a weight loss surgery patient undergoes an outdated technique, or a procedure like gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery was performed by an inexperienced surgeon, complications can develop. In other cases, the stomach can become stretched due to overeating or a failure to follow post-operative instructions. Your doctor might recommend a revisional procedure for:

Weight Gain

Thousands of bariatric surgery patients don't experience enough weight loss after their gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or another weight loss surgery. Some of these patients actually gain back the weight they lost.

GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease causes food and acidic juices from your stomach to flow into your esophagus. This complication from weight loss surgery can result in intense heartburn or damage to the esophageal lining. 

Other Medical Issues

Complications related to gastric bands can also occur over time. If the band slips, you may need it replaced or repositioned. In extreme cases, the stomach tissue can erode or become infected.

GERD and Cancer Risk Is There a Connection?

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People with GERD have a slightly higher risk of developing a type of cancer known as adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. However, the American Cancer Society notes that most people with GERD do not go on to develop esophageal cancer.

Minimally Invasive Techniques for Precise Repairs

We use minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques whenever possible to revise a LAP-BAND®, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and more. Surgical tools and an endoscopic camera are inserted through a few small incisions, reducing scarring and recovery times.

Our team is highly skilled at working around scar tissue left by a previous bariatric surgery. And we add an extra safety measure by suturing staple lines to prevent leakage

Want World Class, Affordable Revision Surgery? Contact ALO Bariatrics to Get Started

Our highly experienced, board-certified bariatric surgeons perform affordable, cutting-edge revision procedures at state-of-the-art Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hospitals. 

If you live outside of Mexico, traveling to our warm, sunny country for this procedure could save you thousands of dollars

To set up a revision surgery consultation and learn about the medical and personal amenities included in our medical tourism package, contact us online or call our Tijuana, Mexico office today. We can get your weight loss journey back on track. 

(844) 461-2831

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Our Patients Give Us 5-Stars "You will be in great hands. Highly recommend!"

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M Kandola

2020

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If you are nervous about getting surgery abroad, don't be. Alo Bariatrics was amazing. The hospital, the nurses, the doctor, the drivers, the coordinators were all amazing. You will be in great hands. Highly recommend!

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Carla Pennington

2020

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I am having revision surgery on August 25th and I have had such a great experience with Alo Bariatrics scheduling. I am beyond thrilled with my patient and surgery coordinator Sandra Castaneda!...She has put me at ease and I’m excited for my journey to begin!

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We Excel at Revision Techniques Other Practices Aren't Capable of Performing

We have performed thousands of successful gastric bypass, gastric sleeveLAP-BAND, and other weight loss procedures, giving us a unique insight into the bariatric revision surgery process. Two types of methods that set us apart include:

Distal Bypass Revision

This low-risk procedure revises a patient's first gastric bypass, resulting in more successful weight loss. The pouch created during the original gastric bypass surgery is redone to correct current weight loss issues. We also shorten the small intestine to decrease calorie absorption. We are one of the few teams to perform this gastric bypass revision procedure.

Gastric Sleeve to Distal Bypass

We also perform distal bypass revisions to correct the size of the gastric sleeve created during previous gastric sleeve surgery. This can provide better long-term weight loss results and prevent complications like GERD and weight gain.

Full List of Revision Surgery Procedures

  • Revision to distal bypass
  • Revision from sleeve gastrectomy to distal bypass
  • Revision LAP-BAND to sleeve
  • Revision LAP-BAND to bypass
  • Revision LAP-BAND to mini bypass 
  • Revision LAP-BAND to duodenal switch
  • Revision LAP-BAND to plication
  • Revision LAP-BAND to SADI
  • Revision sleeve to sleeve
  • Revision sleeve to bypass
  • Revision sleeve to mini bypass
  • Revision sleeve to distal bypass
  • Revision sleeve to duodenal switch
  • Revision sleeve to SADI
  • Revision bypass to distal bypass
  • Revision mini bypass to bypass 
  • Revision mini bypass to distal bypass
  • Revision ring to sleeve
  • Revision ring to bypass
  • Revision ring to duodenal switch
  • Revision ring to SADI
  • Revision plication to sleeve
  • Revision plication to bypass
  • Revision plication to mini bypass 
  • Revision plication to distal bypass 
  • Revision plication to duodenal switch  
  • Revision plication to SADI

Continue Your Weight Loss Journey Contact Our Experienced Surgical Team

If you've hit a wall with weight loss or have developed complications from your initial bariatric surgery, it may be time to consider a conversion or revision procedure.

During your visit to our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta, we can discuss your initial weight loss surgery and which revision surgery option is right for your needs. By reviewing the pros and cons, we will help you make an informed decision about your health moving forward.

To discuss your surgery options, contact our practice online. You can also reach our bariatric surgeons by phone.

(844) 461-2831

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Karley Harris

2020

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The experience was absolutely amazing. I was never left with unanswered questions, everything was very thorough, CLEAN and just the best experience ever! I’ve lost 125 pounds. I do not regret my choice. Dr. Lopez is absolutely amazing. He will always answer your questions. His staff becomes family. Would not have went with ANYONE else!!

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LaToya Stamper

May, 2021

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I would recommend this practice go anyone seeking bariatric surgery. Dr. Lopez and the hospital staff at Hospital Guadalajara were great, and my coordinator Sandra was awesome. I felt safe the entire time and the hotel staff at the Marriott provided the best service Ive ever had at a hotel. No regrets here.

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How Different Surgeries Are Revised

According to a study of almost 41,000 weight loss surgeries over 10 years, the revision/conversion rate for LAP-BAND was 26%. The rate was almost 10% for gastric sleeve, and just under 5% for gastric bypass. Below are some ways that these three bariatric procedures can be converted and revised.
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LAP-BAND Revision

LAP-BAND has a high rate of conversion and revisional surgeries. This is due to weight regain, band slippage, and a limit to overall weight loss. Following LAP-BAND removal, common LAP-BAND revision options include conversion to a sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass. The ideal revision method varies from patient to patient based on their current needs and long-term weight loss goals.

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Gastric Sleeve Revision

The sleeve gastrectomy rose in popularity due to its relative simplicity. When a gastric sleeve surgery fails to yield results, a surgeon may first act conservatively by re-sleeving, which further reduces the size of the stomach pouch. If that is not a viable option, a failed gastric sleeve can be converted into a gastric bypass. It is also possible to convert the procedure into a duodenal switch. A duodenal switch is a more complicated restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss surgery that bypasses more of the patient's small intestine than a gastric bypass.

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Gastric Bypass Revision

Although it is one of the most effective bariatric procedures available, a gastric bypass surgery may not always yield the results that patients want. When revising the procedure, we first consider a minimally invasive distal bypass, which further reduces food absorption. When a distal bypass is no longer a viable revision option, our bariatric surgeons can propose a conversion to a duodenal switch. Other bariatric procedures can also be considered to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals.

What to Expect After Revision Surgery Recovery, Healing, and Change

Your recovery is closely monitored to avoid post-op complications. During your consultation at our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta, we can provide a recovery timeline and more insight into the healing process. Below is a general overview of what patients can expect as they heal from a bariatric surgery revision.

Immediately After Surgery

Following the procedure, we will closely monitor the patient's health in the hospital. This helps us spot potential complications in the crucial hours after surgery. Once discharged, patients can then return to their nearby hotel to recuperate.

Transitional Diet

Much like the initial bariatric surgery, patients will have a transitional diet over the course of the next four to six weeks. Starting with an all-liquid diet, patients will slowly transition back into eating solid foods. This helps with the healing process while also helping patients lose some of their excess weight.

Returning to Normal Activities

Patients need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks as their body heals. Patients are encouraged to walk for a few minutes several times a day to remain active and promote circulation. As patients regain strength, they can return to work and light physical activity. Once fully healed, normal daily activities and exercise routines can be resumed.

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When Will I See Results?

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Each patient is different. During your visit to our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, we can offer a general timeline for surgical results, and provide realistic expectations about life after surgery.

Learn More About Revision Procedures We Can Find the Surgery That's Right for You

Revision weight loss surgery may be just what you need to achieve your health and wellness goals. ALO Bariatrics can help you continue your journey. We treat patients at locations in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and offer competitive prices and convenient financing options. For more information about revision bariatric surgery, contact our practice online. You can also reach us by phone.

(844) 461-2831

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William Providence

2019

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I'm from Denver, Colorado I had gastric sleeve surgery with ALO Bariatrics in Guadalajara, Mexico and it went so smoothly. The facilities they use are state of the art, they have the proper equipment, team and care just like here in the United States. Everything is top notch. The surgeons are top notch. The facility is top notch. The equipment is top notch. The service is top notch. They eliminate all the risks of doing surgery in Mexico and treat you so well.

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Jim Kirkbride

July, 2021

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I highly recommend the team at ALO Bariatrics. Sandra is amazing at providing details and ensuring you are their #1 priority. Dr Lopez is a gifted surgeon with vast experience in bariatric procedures. The Tijuana facilities are clean, safe, well staffed and dedicated to protecting the patients’ dignity and care. If you are thinking about weight loss surgery as a health or cosmetic option, ALO should be your choice.

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Revision Surgery Cost United States vs. Mexico

Cost in the United States is 20 thousand to 30 thousand dollars, whereas at Alo Bariatrics the cost ranges between 4 thousand 900 dollars to 8 thousand dollars

Payment Options and Financing

ALO Bariatrics accepts cash, credit cards, and money orders. Our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta also offer flexible financing options to make your bariatric revision surgery as affordable as possible.

What's Included in Our Bariatric Surgery Fees?

The following amenities are included in our bariatric surgery medical tourism packages, regardless of whether you choose our Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, locations. Please note that airfare is not included.

Private Driver

Chauffeured round-trip transfers from airport to hotel to hospital

Medical Procedures

Surgery, lab exams, x-rays, medical evaluation, pre-op prep, and more

Hospital Stay and Costs

Hospital and surgery rooms, surgeon, and anesthesiologist fees

Post-Op Care

Prescription drugs, certified nurse care, customized nutrition and meal plans from a certified nutritionist

Lodging

You will stay at a modern, relaxing hotel near the local hospital, so you can turn your visit into an experience that feels more like a vacation than medical care

Pricing for Other Weight Loss Surgeries

Having your initial weight loss procedure performed by the renowned surgeons of ALO Bariatrics is a good way to avoid future revision surgery. On average, our prices are 80 percent lower than in the United States:

Location Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch LAP-BAND
Tijuana $4,700 $6,300 $6,800 $5,500
Puerto Vallarta $4,900 $6,500 $7,200 $6,500
Guadalajara - Real San Jose $5,100 $6,700 $7,400 $6,700
Guadalajara - Puerta de Hierro $4,500 $6,100 $6,600 $5,300

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Contact ALO Bariatrics Discuss Your Surgical Weight Loss Options

ALO Bariatrics wants each patient we see to succeed in their weight loss journey. If your initial bariatric surgery was ineffective, a conversion or revision surgery may be the ideal option.

During your visit to our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, our team can go over all of the risks and benefits of surgery, and develop a treatment plan just for you.

To discuss your goals with our board-certified bariatric surgeons, contact our practice online. You can also reach our bariatric surgery offices by phone.

(844) 461-2831

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Amanda Talks about ALO's Superior Patient Care

Amanda flew from her home in Alberta, Canada, to San Diego, and underwent weight loss surgery at our location in Tijuana, Mexico. A year after her bariatric procedure, she's lost over 145 pounds. Even after she has fully healed from surgery, Amanda loves that she can still contact Dr. Lopez for support.

Why should you choose ALO Bariatrics for your revision surgery?

World-Class Surgeons Dedicated to Superior Results

Dr. Alejandro Lopez

Dr. Alejandro Lopez

Dr. Lopez is a highly regarded, board-certified surgeon who has performed over 6,000 bariatric surgery procedures since 2005. Dr. Lopez is a published medical author and received specialized training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Salvador Ramirez

Dr. Salvador Ramirez

Also a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Ramirez is a member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. He has practiced since 2012. His goal in life is to bring happiness to his patients through his work.

5-Star Reviews for Our Patient Care "Dr. Lopez and his staff were so good to me."

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Lynn Wade

2019

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Great experience, Dr. Lopez and his staff were so good to me. I had gastric sleeve surgery June 3, 2019.  Every detail from my first encounter with them was top notch...I can email, call, or message them day or night and they are there to answer all of my questions. I am 3 weeks out started at 233 down 201 32 pounds already so awesome I couldn't have done this without them. Forever grateful.  Thank you.
 

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Jennifer Tawdi

2019

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I received the best care at ALO Bariatrics TJ location, the whole medical staff amazing! I promise you will not regret allowing them to give you the tool to kick obesity out of your life. I'm forever grateful. The doctors at ALO are very humble and driver is super nice. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy...Heaviest Weight 275...Surgery Weight 248.6 Current weight 130

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Revision Bariatric Surgery FAQs

What Are the Signs of a Failed Bariatric Surgery?

Common signs of an ineffective weight loss surgery include:

  • Sudden end to weight loss
  • Major weight regain
  • Frequent vomiting after meals
  • Increased hunger/food capacity
  • Low tolerance for solid foods
  • Pain or discomfort along the digestive tract

If you experience any of these issues, be sure to discuss them with our team or with your physician as soon as possible.

Can You Perform My Revisional Surgery If Another Surgeon Performed the Initial Bariatric Procedure?

Yes. Our board-certified bariatric surgeons can revise a procedure they performed and can also revise the work of other surgeons.

Regardless of who performed the initial bariatric surgery, our focus is the health and success of the weight loss patient going forward.

Why Do Some Bariatric Surgeries Fail?

There may be multiple factors at play when a weight loss surgery yields poor results. The most common reasons include:

  • Flawed surgical technique or approach
  • Slippage of a gastric band
  • Falling back into old eating habits
  • Lack of physical activity after surgery
  • Complications after surgery
  • Other medical issues

During your visit to our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, we can assess your situation and discuss your weight loss setbacks in more detail.

Will Insurance Cover My Revision Bariatric Surgery?

It is most likely that your insurance provider will not contribute to the cost of medical care performed outside your home country. Fortunately, our bariatric revision surgery rates make it possible to experience these benefits even without a contribution from your insurance provider. We also offer financing to help make the cost of revision bariatric surgery a fit for your budget.

If I Have Regained Weight, Do I Automatically Qualify for Revision Bariatric Surgery?

No. There are many factors at play when bariatric surgery patients regain weight. Remember that regaining some weight well after surgery is natural.

Our bariatric surgeons can assess excessive weight regain or an early weight loss plateau and determine the right course of action. Sometimes changes in diet, physical activity, and lifestyle are the only revision that is required.

What Are the Risks of Bariatric Surgery Revision?

The risks of revision bariatric surgery are similar to those of the initial bariatric procedure. These include infection, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthetic, and gastric leaks. We take great care in planning and performing the revision procedure, which helps limit the chances of complications.

During your visit to our offices in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, our team will go over the potential risks in greater detail so you can ask additional questions and make a confident decision about your options for surgery.

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ALO Bariatrics

ALO Bariatrics provides expert, safe, and effective weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Patients from around the world travel to Mexico to receive affordable care from our highly trained bariatric surgeons. We are affiliated with several notable organizations, including:

  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)

For more information on ALO Bariatrics, or to begin your weight loss journey, we encourage you to contact us online or call (844) 461-2831.

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