On July 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM Pacific Time, Marle wrote:
This was also a big concern with me. I take 1000-1500mg of Naprelan daily besides Oxycodone for the pain caused by severe arthritis in both knees. I also take 40mg of Nexium to protect my stomach. I am only 56 years old and don't want to have a knee replacement until after my WLS.
My WL surgeon has his patients sign a contract that includes:
"To not take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. If these medications are used you must protect the stomach against ulcers with medications such as Prevacid or Protonix."
I am going for the Roux-en-Y surgery and felt much better knowing I can continue taking the meds for my arthritis, otherwise I couldn't walk, work or do anything.
The problem is that, Prevacid or not, you're going to have this huge blind pouch that can't be 'scoped if they suspect you've developed ulcers in there---it requires surgery. If you need NSAIDs on a regular basis, I strongly urge you to go with either the DS or the Sleeve. Both of these would leave you with a much smaller yet still fully-functional stomach, and NO BLIND POUCH.