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Bariatric Surgery/Bariatric Surgery after full colectomy


I had a full proctocolectomy with anastomosis in 2010 after having colorectal cancer. Is it possible for me to still have bariatric surgery and which type would you recommend? I am 5ft2in and 265lbs.

Your history of extensive surgery would make additional surgery (bariatric surgery) a bit more difficult but usually not unreasonable.  Your bariatric surgeon will want to know from you existing docs that you are clear of colorectal cancer as far as they know.  The widespread scar left behind after a total proctocolectomy would make a gastric bypass a bit more challenging than a Sleeve because the gastric bypass needs to have all of the small intestine freed up and mobile (it is likely to be tied down by adhesions at this time) whereas the Sleeve does not require the small intestine to be moved around.  In other words, I think there is some advantage to the Sleeve instead of gastric bypass in your case, but there may be other factors to take into account.

I believe it would definitely be worth your time to meet with an experienced bariatric surgeon in your area.  

Best of luck!

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John Pilcher, MD


I can answer medically oriented questions about bariatric surgery including: patient selection, preparation for surgery, differences between types of bariatric surgery, aftercare following bariatric surgery. I can answer detailed questions about gastric bypass, Lap-Band, gastric sleeve, and revision bariatric surgery. I am only somewhat familiar with Biliopancreatic diversion. I am not prepared to answer insurance or other financial questions related to bariatric surgery.


I have been a practicing bariatric surgeon since 1995. About 85% of my current practice consists of bariatric surgery, including all of the above procedures except biliopancreatic diversion. I am the senior surgeon of a 5-surgeon group. I am recognized among surgeons and other medical professionals as the most experienced bariatric surgeon in my region.

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