Bariatric Surgery?

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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering whether people with UC are able to have gastric bypass, lap-band, etc. surgery. Has anyone here had bariatric surgery or know whether gastro docs recommend against it?

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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I seen the commercial for the Lap-band and one of the warnings they tell you is anyone that has intestinal issues to avoid having the Lap-band placed. People with IBD's have a hard time absorbing nutrients anyway but add that to a gastric bypass and it makes it even doubly harder. I highly doubt that any GI would allow an IBD'er have one nor would it be advisable.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
My eye doctor has a patient with UC who has had gastric bypass surgery. It can be done, just go for a consult with a good surgeon and inquire.

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1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

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   Posted 3/7/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
The lap band is relatively non-invasive, no cutting on the stomach or small bowel, so I can't see a reason it wouldn't be okay, unless you do have difficulty absorbing nutrients. But then, if that were the case, you wouldn't need bariatric surgery. Those of us who have proctosigmoiditis sometimes don't have the problems with weight loss that others do.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I know one person who has had lap-band with IBD.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I have had the same thoughts that Judilyn expressed - I sure don't seem to have trouble absorbing enough nutrients to gain weight easily!
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