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At the suggestion of my PCP, I am considering WLS. In 2005, I had lap band surgery. In 2015, I had a colectomy due to diverticulitis and bowel microperforations, and the lap band was removed when the colectomy was done. NOW, I have a very large incisional hernia in my abdomen from the colectomy surgery, and a hiatal hernia, both of which need to be repaired. The first surgeon I saw would not operate until I lost weight; my BMI is around 40-41. I am also older than many people posting here (68 on Medicare). So my PCP has referred me to a WLS surgeon.

Has anyone here had gastric bypass or sleeve after having had a colectomy? I have only had my initial telemedicine appointment, and am looking for comments from anyone with similar experiences. Appreciate your comments in advance! Thanks.

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Welcome to the forums.

Mostly wanted you to know you're not being ignored.

I haven't had similar or comparable experiences. But, if your surgeon and PCP are on board I think you will be OK.

I'm a few short years shy of 68. If I had to have my RNY again I'd do it in a heartbeat. If the surgeon is on board, and all the tests they do to make sure you can make it through surgery come back OK, then I think you'll be OK. Shedding those extra pounds will make your many remaining years easier.

Good luck,

Tek

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I haven't had your issues, but I did have the lap band and had issues with it. I was 72 when I had my surgery I had a sleeve done and I'm very happy. I have lost more weight than what I was hoping for and I'm very pleased with the ease of the surgery. It is much easier than the lap band and other than regular follow-ups you have not fills, unfills etc. Don't let age stop your decision. I'm now 74 and walking, swimming and healthy.

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Thank you so much for your encouraging response! I am feeling hopeful, and really, really hoping that Medicare will cover it. I think that the loss of weight would improve my mobility a lot. Thanks again!

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