Is weight loss surgery reversible? The answer is “yes” and “no” depending upon the type of weight loss surgery procedure that is performed. Again, the purpose here is not to create confusion, but the bottom line is that you should not go into weight loss surgery with the mindset that it is reversible. First time (primary) weight loss procedures have risk. Secondary operations have a much higher risk primarily due to potential scar tissue, potential hernia formation and the fact that your anatomy has already been altered to a certain degree depending upon the type of primary operation performed.
Weight loss surgery may be reversible for the adjustable gastric banding procedure since the device can be removed. With the gastric bypass, it is anatomically reversible since the parts of the stomach and small intestine can technically be put together again, but it is not recommended and carries a higher degree of risk. For the sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure is not reversible since the portion of the stomach that is removed in order to create your new “medium banana sized” pouch cannot be replaced.
You have to go back to your need, your desire and your motivation for surgery. It’s a commitment that can reap benefits beyond your imagination. Fear is natural and you have to make sure you have done your research and you are as comfortable as possible with your decision. A certain amount of anxiety is actually desirable. It usually means that you realize you are making an important decision that will require a behavioral change (which is scary) but if you choose carefully and surround yourself with supportive people and proactively prepare for the potential obstacles, success will follow.
Rhonda’s Opinion: I don’t want to ruin a great thing!