Remicade and Surgery??

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   Posted 10/15/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all...its me again I went to get my 3rd Remicade treatment last Friday and the nurse said she didn't know if it was a good idea having surgery so close to my medicine. I'm scheduled for surgery on my gal bladder Wednesday of this week. My GI was supposed to call and let me know what I need to do...proceed or not? He probably wont call, he never does. So I need your opinions on whether or not you think it would be safe? The nurse said I would be at a higher risk for infection so close to the treatment. But my immune system is suppressed anyway on the medicine...Would it make that big of a difference? The way I see it is that if its meant to happen then I will get it anyway...What do you guys think?????
DX: Crohns in March 2007
Meds: Remicade

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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I don't know but I would find out from the Dr. if you can. Does he know you are having them so close together? Sometimes it is hard to know what to do .Not sure what others have done either in your situation. Hope you find out soon. lol gail

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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I would talk to your surgeon before you go in . . . I was on Humira and they made me stop 2 weeks before and said that if I had still been on Remicade, they would have made me stop at least a month out.  But, it may depend on the surgery itself.  I had a full, open 6 hour surgery.  I am guessing that your gall bladder may be laparoscopically done.  I would definitely check before you go in . . . better safe than sorry.
I sure hope you feel better soon and this surgery makes a world of difference!

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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had surgery last month and I recommend waiting for atleast a month after.  I had my remicade 2 weeks before and ended up with a staph infection.  How often do you have your infusions?  I have mine every month, so it was tough to go without for a while but well worth it.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
You definitely need to get cleared by your GI before having this surgery so close to your infusion. Call his office in the AM and insist that he answer the question. Leave a message if they won't put you through. Tell them that if you haven't heard back from them in 2-3 hours you will call again. You could also call the surgeon's office and ask them to call the GI's office for clearance. Often doctor's offices have an easier time getting a response.

I was scheduled for hip replacement surgery and was told that I needed to schedule so that the surgery fell at the end of the infusion cycle. At that time I was getting infusions every 8 weeks. My GI wanted me to have my surgery 5-6 weeks after my infusion. Of course, this is just my experience. Nothing replaces hearing the facts from your own doctor.
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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI has recommended trying to schedule any surgeries within 2 weeks of my infusion in order to stave off a flare up from the surgery. I've had a few surgeries now, and each time, have been within 2 weeks before or two weeks after my infusion.

Best of luck with the surgery!
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   Posted 10/16/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys for the info....I'm at my breaking point with the GI's I plan to switch ASAP..Its been a downhill battle for me lately. I feel like they think I'm crazy or something when I ask for pain meds..GRRR!!! If they only knew how I felt I wish they could take my pain for just one day...they would be crying like my 8 mnth old baby lol...But anyway thanks a lot I will surely get an answer one way or the other. I'm kinda scared about all of this!
DX: Crohns in March 2007
Meds: Remicade

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