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can you have lupus and get gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Maybe: It really depends on a number of factors. The major factor is the state of your lupus. How well controlled is your disease and do you have significant kidney or neurologic manifestations. Your rheumatologist can help determine if you are a surgical candidate and if the advantages of this surgery outweigh the risks.
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes.: Lupus is certainly something to consider, and merits a full, frank discussion with your doctor. If your disease is controlled, you should be able to have the surgery. However, you need to make certain your doctor knows about it and be certain it is in check. Never assume it is - make certain! realize that even if controlled, there are risks associated with lupus that are unique to you.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

After gastric bypass surgery, when should I follow up with the doctor?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Hmmmmm?: That should have been made perfectly clear at the time of discharge from your surgery. That is a decision of the surgeon and could vary. Call the surgeon's office and speak with them or with his office personnel and find out this answer. It coud be 1 or 2 days or 1 or 2 weeks depending on your case. Call very soon and find out.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can you avoid complications after gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Bariatric surgery: Make sure that you are involved with a surgeon that runs a comprehensive program where patients are followed carefully. Ask to work with a nutritionist and or dietician before and after the procedure. There are many potential nutritional consequences of these bariatric surgical procedures.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the indications for gastric bypass surgery?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 28 years experience
Morbid obesity: Gastric bypass and other weight loss operations are indicated for patients with a body mass index (bmi) greater than 40, or greater than 35 with significant weight-related medical conditions including but not limited to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and many other diseases.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How extensive is the gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Major surgery: Significant rerouting of the plumbing. It is a combo restrictive (make a small stomach pouch) and malabsorptive (shorten effective absoptive capacity of small bowel). "centers of excellence", with ample experience (not the occasional bypass operator) reasonably safe track record. Can have significant complications at and after surgery, short and long term. Balance risk/benefits of surg or not.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
it is considered major surgery- you don't need a Center of Excellence, but check HealthGrades to see about the centers you might consider
Sep 23, 2012
A 35-year-old member asked:

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat.

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