I am choosing the sleeve also because of the benefits over the bypass. (waiting on my surgery date) I am on Levothroid for my thyroid, my primary care told me i would not need to remove or change this medication after I have surgery. The only medication I have been told will be removed is the Mobic for arthritis in my back because it is an ibuprofen.
I had similar questions regarding other medications and that is the reason I chose the sleeve over a bypass. The sleeve is not a mal-absortive procedure and should not cause medication problems. Also, my nutritionist and my surgeon both assured me that very few medications are actually absorbed through your stomach so without re-routing anything, you are better with the sleeve.
I would definitely take your med list to the initial consultation with the surgeon though. That is the ideal place to get these questions answered.
These are very specific questions for you to ask your doctors. As far as the sleeve goes, yes, the risk of malabsorption after surgery is much less than with gastric bypass. There is a very strong possibility that after bypass, you could have malabsorption issues. That is the main reason I chose to have the sleeve. Plus the sleeve is safer over all. good luck. I hope you get your questions answered soon. I think you are smart and looking in the right direction!
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Hi all! I go to the Bariatric Surgery seminar in 2 days. I am concerned about the gastric bypass because I have heard you can develop anemia. I already have pernicious anemia and wonder how the surgery would affect my health in that area? I also am deficient in D3. Has anyone ever had gastric bypass with pernicious anemia pre-op and did fine with the surgery post-op after 1 - 4 years?
My other question is about the gastric sleeve. Are the health risks, in regards to anemia and malnutrition less severe with this kind of surgery?
Has anyone with Hashimoto's thyroiditis - a thyroid disease that causes the thyroid to become underactive - had either the gastric bypass or the gastric sleeve and are healthy after the surgery? By healthy, I mean their thyroid medication still works the same absorption-wise.
I plan on asking these questions at the seminar too but I thought getting some idea of what others have experienced would be of benefit as well.
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