As the most common weight loss surgery procedure performed today, Gastric Sleeve Surgery  or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) is extremely effective and low-risk. Most gastric sleeve patients lose about 65 to 75% of their excess weight (EW) in the first two years and come to a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, no bariatric surgery is 100% effective for all patients, including gastric sleeve. Failure to lose weight or develop complications is uncommon but happens from time to time mainly due to improper diet, sleeve enlargement, and hormonal factors.

One of the reasons that gastric sleeve is so popular because it has many revisional options. Mexico Bariatric Center® facilitates rescue and correction of previous weight loss surgeries in Tijuana, Mexico. MBC’s best weight loss surgeons have extensive experience in revising failed vertical sleeve surgeries and getting you back on track.

Gastric Surgery Revision

What Can Go Wrong with Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Botched gastric sleeve surgery could be due to unsuccessful weight loss or having problems with the operation. Here are a few reasons you may need to fix your gastric sleeve;

1. Lack of Weight Loss – The most obvious reason for patients not to lose weight is repetitive unhealthy eating habits. Consuming high caloric meals and not following post-op diet instructions can and will affect the surgery’s outcome.

2. Weight Regain – Some patients regain weight after the first weight loss procedure.

  • Changes in diet
  • Gradual dilatation of sleeve – As the stomach expands you eat more
  • Physiological – Rising hormone (ghrelin) levels

3. Post-Operative Problems – Possible surgical or medical complications after gastric sleeve include;

  • Sleeve stenosis (stricture or narrowing)1, twisting torsion of sleeve
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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When Sleeve Revision is Needed

Gastric sleeve procedure is an acquired tool to help you lose weight, however, diet and exercise are equally important. If you have not been successful in losing all the weight, does not mean you should undergo sleeve revision. Here are things to consider:

Your Diet 

Keep track of your daily diet as accurately as you can in a food diary. This would help your doctor and nutritionist to analyze your progress and find the right solution. If your diet is to be blamed, modifying that helps you avoid an unnecessary procedure. Try out the 5-day pouch reset diet.


Eating less and eating healthier isn’t enough to lose excess weight and keep it off. Part of your post-surgery instruction is to get a moderate amount of activity as soon as your body has healed. Mexico Bariatric Center supports post-bariatric patients’ weight loss efforts by offering Nutritional Bootcamps.

Gastric Sleeve to Bypass Revision Surgery Before and After Patient Photo

Gastric sleeve revision surgery starting at $5,795 $5,345*

Success Rate of Gastric Sleeve Revision

Patients who had revision surgery due to inadequate weight loss experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI), from an average of 55.4 to an average of 35, and an average loss of 68.9 percent of excess body weight.[5] The outcome depends completely on the revision surgery option and the effectiveness it has on the patient.

At Mexico Bariatric Center, less than 4% of sleeve patients need a second surgery to get to their ideal weight. Converting gastric sleeve to mini bypass at MBC Tijuana surgical center has been the most effective revision option.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) carries many advantages and is a great “starting point” for patients deciding which procedure they should undergo.

  • Fewer advers effects and higher expected weight loss than Lap Band
  • Less complex than RNY Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch
  • Easily corrected if results are not satisfactory