Is Bariatric Surgery Safe with Scar Tissue / Adhesions Present?

Question Below Submitted By:  

Shannon P (a patient from Fort Lauderdale, FL)

I had smart lipo about 8 years ago and gulf stones removed 4 years ago. I was told I had a lot of scar tissue damage / adhesions.

Would that stop me from having gastric sleeve or any other type of weight loss surgery?

Are there any additional risks as a result?

What else should I know?


Expert Responses to the Question Above

Surgeon Response to "Is Bariatric Surgery Safe with Scar Tissue / Adhesions Present"

by: John Rabkin, M.D., Pacific Laparoscopy


The "scar tissue" that you reference are post-surgical adhesions which is a natural occurrence after surgery and is part of the normal healing process.

Although there may be some adhesions ("scar tissue") that your surgeon will address at the time of your weight loss surgery, this should not be a significant issue for him/her and is not a significant additional risk to you should you undergo weight loss surgery.

John Rabkin,
M.D. Pacific Laparoscopy

(click here for Dr. Rabkin's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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