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Hepatitis c and gastric bypass surgery? Can you have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

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In brief: Yes

But you have to commit to eating well and avoiding junk.
Or you could make your liver worse.

In brief: Yes

But you have to commit to eating well and avoiding junk.
Or you could make your liver worse.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson
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In brief: Depends

The answer is typically yes.
This depends on the severity of the underlying condition if the liver disease as well as presence of cirrhosis. A surgeon or center may require clearance from a hepato-biliary specialist prior to evaluation for bariatric surgery.

In brief: Depends

The answer is typically yes.
This depends on the severity of the underlying condition if the liver disease as well as presence of cirrhosis. A surgeon or center may require clearance from a hepato-biliary specialist prior to evaluation for bariatric surgery.
Dr. Christopher Evanson
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Hepatitis

Hepatitis c is not an absolute contraindication to bypass surgery.
A lot depends on the current status of your liver function. Your physician will likely perform liver function tests as part of their evaluation. They may also recommend an ultrasound to evaluate the liver as well as the gallbladder if it is still present. If you have cirrhosis or hepatocellular cancer as a complication of your hepatitis c then you likely have other problems to deal with and bypass surgery is not right for you. If you have normal liver function then there is no absolute contraindication. This is when a conversation with your surgeon is key to understand risks and benefits as they apply to you. Be sure to discuss options in weight loss surgery with your doctor. Lap band and lap bypass are very different surgeries and each has its own risk and benefit.

In brief: Hepatitis

Hepatitis c is not an absolute contraindication to bypass surgery.
A lot depends on the current status of your liver function. Your physician will likely perform liver function tests as part of their evaluation. They may also recommend an ultrasound to evaluate the liver as well as the gallbladder if it is still present. If you have cirrhosis or hepatocellular cancer as a complication of your hepatitis c then you likely have other problems to deal with and bypass surgery is not right for you. If you have normal liver function then there is no absolute contraindication. This is when a conversation with your surgeon is key to understand risks and benefits as they apply to you. Be sure to discuss options in weight loss surgery with your doctor. Lap band and lap bypass are very different surgeries and each has its own risk and benefit.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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