It's not out of the question. I was diagnosed with UC in 2002 and had gastric bypass in 2005. For me, three things had to fall into place - I had to be in remission, I couldn't be on prednisone, and my liver function levels had to be in the normal range. These things all fell into place and I had my surgery in 2005 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I had to be cleared by their GI docs, who told me I would not be a candidate for the J-pouch surgery if I had the gastric bypass. Other health issues were more important to me at the time and I had the gastric bypass. While I haven't had any complications, I am anemic, but was slightly anemic before diagnosed with UC. I also am prone to blood clots, having had some in 2006, and am now on Coumadin. I had a bone marrow biopsy in 2006 while hospitalized and was found to have Factor V Leiden, which contributes to blood clotting. I have lab work almost every week to monitor those issues. But again, neither of those problems are a result of the gastric bypass. I was on prednisone for a little over two years, having just weaned off of it in January, and am now on Remicade and am seeing my UC symptoms improve. Everyone's situation will be different, but it's not impossible to have gastric bypass with UC. I don't know much about
lapband, but for me, I needed the permancy of the bypass. I lost about
140 lbs. after my surgery and the health issues I had before have all disappeared. The things I'm going through now are all new since the surgery, but not a result or complication of it.
Ulcerative Pancolitis (dx'd 6/2002)
Pentasa (4gm/day); Prednisone 5mg am, 5mg pm; Aranesp injection every week for anemia;
Started iron infusions 7/18/08; starting Remicade 11/12/08
6-MP (discontinued as it lowers my white count)
various meds for other conditions