Digestive Disorders / Gastroenterology Expert Forum
Should I have a colonoscopy prior to Bariatric Surgery
About This Forum:

This is a place to ask questions about digestive problems and receive a personal answer from a highly qualified doctor. You will also find support from other members who share your interest in digestive disorders. Digestive Disorders include: Anal and Rectal problems, Barrett’s Esophagus, Bleeding in the Stomach and Digestive Tract, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Gastritis, GERD, Heartburn, Proctitis, Short Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, Whipple’s Disease, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (and many more).

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Should I have a colonoscopy prior to Bariatric Surgery

In October, I am scheduled for a Bariatric Surgery
Related Discussions
233190_tn?1278553401
There are no strict guidelines regarding the time of a colonoscopy in relation to the upcoming bariatric surgery.  The decision of whether to do it before and after will be dependent on your individual situation, and can be discussed with your personal physician.

As you know, a colonoscopy is a day procedure, and should not have an effect on the upcoming surgery.  You are correct that the post-op course of bariatric surgery may be daunting, and may put off the colonoscopy.  

That being said, it is difficult to make a concrete recommendation - there will be doctors who will do it either way.  There are pros and cons to each side - and should be discussed with your personal physician or surgeon.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
http://www.straightfromthedoc.com
2 Comments
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I forgot to add that my father, age78, died of adenocarcinoma of the colon with metastasis to the liver, 2 1/2 years after the colon surgery.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I'd have it before...as you said, clear liquids for a time followed by a gallon of that prep would be pretty hard.

I have several close relatives with colon cancer, and have had probably 4 colonoscopies by the time I was 50.  The prep is the worst part, and I have a normally functioning gastric system.  I can't imagine it once your surgery is complete.

Get it done and over, and you won't have to worry for another 5-10 years, depending on what they find and your doctors recommendations.  By then you'll be well healed from your surgery and will have adjusted to your stomach capacity issues.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
351246_tn?1379685732
Dr. Kokil MathurBlank
Consultant
,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank