Having surgery while on MP-6

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   Posted 10/31/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I may be having an elective surgery that doesn't have anything to do with my CD, but my doc is a little concerned about me being on the mp-6.  He says he may want me to go off them completely before having surgery and then continue them after surgery or he may just have me stay on the mp6 but take much higher doses of IV antibiotics during surgery.
My question: Has anyone here had any type of surgery while on mp-6 and how did it go?  Did the doc take you off mp6 first, keep you on it, give higher doses of antibiotics?
Thanks in advance!
Diagnosed with Crohn's AND Ulcerative Colitis at age 18.  I am 29.  Have hip damage from prednisone.  I take 100 mg  Mercaptoputine and  3600 mg of asacol per day.  No surgeries but plenty of hospital stays and colonoscopies.

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   Posted 10/31/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had two surgeries while on 6MP. The first one I had, I was also on prednisone, so I did have a problem healing. The second one I wasn't on prednisone, but just the 6MP and healed okay. I did get an infection at a drainage sight, but it was quickly dealt with.

Your surgeon should consult with your GI concerning the 6MP. That would be the first step.
48 yr. old. Ileocolitis.  CD since early teens, misdx'd until age 36.  Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001.  Disease returned in 2003. Arthritis, episcleritis, chronic pain due to surgeries (nerve damage, adhesions) and disease.  Recently dx'd scoliosis.  History of endometriosis.

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