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Can you EVER take NSAIDS after weight loss surgery.?

kaykay9.0
on 7/19/09 12:44 am - Plano (suburb of Dallas), TX
My husband is about ready to cancel his scheduled sleeve surgery when he read in the book that you can't take NSAIDS.  It gives the impression that you can never take them after weight loss surgery!  It's the week-end so we cant just call and ask.

He has knee and other arthritis issues which we're sure the surgery and resulting weight loss would help, but he's still not sure he can live forever without taking anti-inflammatory meds.  Anyone have this issue?
Batwingsman
on 7/19/09 12:58 am - Garland, TX
 Not a problem with DS.   Since the VSG is just part of the DS, I don't see why it would be a problem with it, either.  

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flyingkiwi
on 7/19/09 1:38 am - New Zealand
NSAIDS are fine with a sleeve - I was prescribed them on discharge from surgery! By the way, his arthritis is probably going to be soooo much better after surgery it wont be an issue.
Wish him luck!
BeSwitched
on 7/19/09 3:42 am, edited 2/12/12 9:46 am


Kokoshka
on 7/19/09 4:05 am - Denver, CO
RNY on 09/16/08 with
First the wls will help witht he inflamation issue.  I had Carpol Tunnel in my right hand, and yes the first week was not fun, but the other pain medicine they give help a little.  However after the first week, it was like my body cured itself.  Since then I have had no pain from the Carpol Tunnel,  (Tarpol Tunnel is the inflamation in the joints of the wirst.)  I'm ten months and 90 lbs down.

You also asked if you can ever take NSaids,  then main concern is that it can cause an ulcer in the stomach and usually that is from taking it on a daily basis or taking larger than recommended doses.  I actually do take Advil from time to time.  Leg pain every now and then,  Cramps from monthly periods, back ache from (God never thought this would be the case) too much excersize. 

I don't have a problem as long as it's a once in a while thing.  Never had problem with it before surgery either and was taking it quite often due to the carpol tunnel thing.

So yes you can have Nsaids after wards, just be aware to use it ONLY when you need to.. and try not to be dependant on it on a daily basis if you can help it.  ( also while your stomach heals, up to a month,  try not to take at all.)    if you are taking prescription strenth nsaid,  check with your doctor though.  Hopefully you won't have to take it, becasue your body will heal itself like it did for me.

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limeymum
on 7/19/09 5:27 am, edited 7/19/09 5:30 am
My surgeon also told me no NSAIDS. He did however recommend Tylenol. I have to take two in the mornings for my oseoarthristis in my left knee. Since losing some weight, the pain has eased up considerably.
Please tell your husband to not cancel his surgery, it will be the best thing he ever did for himself. Diane
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mittenfarm
on 7/19/09 6:53 am - County Line, MI
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Tell him to have the surgery and he will no longer need the NSAIDs for the most part. I used to to ake them every day for joint and knee pain and now only rarely take one if my back is bothering me after too much yard work. They are OK to take with the sleeve or DS, but NSAIDs are hard on anyone's stomach, so I try to stay away from them for the health of what's left of my stomach.
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Kerry J.
on 7/19/09 7:00 am - Santa Clara, UT
He's mixed up or the info is false. You can take NSAIDs if you have the sleeve or the DS. No NSAIDs is a RNY / Pouch problem, not sure about Bands.

I have gout and I take 800-1000 MG of Ibuprofen three times a day with the gout attacks. I also work out and lift weights so I take Ibuprofen when I over do it and get sore muscles no problems what so ever. You should eat a little something though when you take NSAIDs.

Kerry
Marle
on 7/19/09 7:02 am - Canada
RNY on 12/16/09 with

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.
MsBatt
on 7/19/09 7:26 am
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.
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on 7/19/09 7:11 am - AZ
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On July 19, 2009 at 12:44 AM Pacific Time, kaykay9.0 wrote:
My husband is about ready to cancel his scheduled sleeve surgery when he read in the book that you can't take NSAIDS.  It gives the impression that you can never take them after weight loss surgery!  It's the week-end so we cant just call and ask.

He has knee and other arthritis issues which we're sure the surgery and resulting weight loss would help, but he's still not sure he can live forever without taking anti-inflammatory meds.  Anyone have this issue?

I have to chime in with everyone else.  NSAIDs are fine for a sleeve.  They used to believe that NSAIDs caused erosion in banded people and today they know that is not accurate so that's the only reason that some doctors don't want banded people taking them.  Bypass is a huge concern for NSAIDs.  Sleeves and DS... it's your stomach just smaller.  No reason not to take them.

MsBatt
on 7/19/09 7:23 am
I'm 5.5 years post-op from the DS, and I take NSAIDs three times a day, every day, and have since surgery.

Losing weight will definitely HELP with the pain in weight-bearing joints, but it will NOT repair the damage. I have extensive arthritis, and I will always depend on NSAIDs.

However---six years ago I was told I needed both knees replaced, but that my weight would probably make that surgery unsuccessful. Now I'm 165 pounds lighter, can have the knees done any time I choose---but thanks to the DS and NSAIDs, I'm doing fine without it. I intend to put off the knee work as long as possible, since I'm only 51 and the replacement joints have a limited lifespan.
~~Theresa Marie~~
on 7/20/09 12:26 am - Closing in on SkinnyVille, VA
OMG I just read that you were 51?!?!? If the avatar pic is you then I am shocked. I have seen posts of yours and just assumed you were in your mid twenties. There is no way in hell that I would have ever thought you were in your 50's. You are just the cutest thing!!!
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MsBatt
on 7/20/09 6:54 am
On July 20, 2009 at 12:26 AM Pacific Time, ~~Theresa Marie~~ wrote:
OMG I just read that you were 51?!?!? If the avatar pic is you then I am shocked. I have seen posts of yours and just assumed you were in your mid twenties. There is no way in hell that I would have ever thought you were in your 50's. You are just the cutest thing!!!
Yes, that's me. Being fat all your life apparently keeps you looking young. (*grin*) And having the right genes helps---my mom's 72, and she looks about 60.
GoingMobile
on 7/19/09 7:47 am - San Dimas, CA
you've already read it several time but repetion makes things easier to remeber so.........

Hes can take NSAIDS with the DS or VSG, he should not worry about it with a sleeve.  NO ONE should be taking then with a RNY
(deactivated member)
on 7/19/09 7:53 am - NE
DS on 07/03/09 with
Yep I sure can. RNY's tho can not.
Sarahlicious
on 7/19/09 8:29 am - Portsmouth, OH
RNYer here who takes both aspirin and ibuprophen. Although I didn't do either until at least a year after surgery. I have heart/stroke issues and have to take a daily 325mg aspirin. My PCP, weight loss surgeon and cardiologist were all in communication with each other regarding this decision. As for the advil, there have been times when I've needed anti-inflammary for knee or shoulder pain. My PCP has said it's ok if I take advil for a couple days...not daily...just as needed on the rare times I need the anti-inflammatory to relieve the pain. There are many medications on an "avoid" list, which basically means we should proceed with caution before taking, or consult a physician futher...because their could be increase risk....but I'll risk an ulcer if it means preventing a stroke. Your husband should have a discussion with his surgery about the reason he takes certain meds, and have a discussion with the doctor who prescribes the anti-inflammatory and find out what options for managing his arthitis are...although from others it sounds like he'll be o.k. with the sleeve.

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Kate -True Brit
on 7/19/09 8:36 am - UK

Most bandsters are allowed to. It used to be forbidden but the rules have changed. So  some docs still say no but most say they are OK.

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kaykay9.0
on 7/19/09 12:55 pm - Plano (suburb of Dallas), TX
Thanks for all the speedy replies.  You guys are great!  From what you are saying and from what I've been able to piece together from "googling" it sounds like with the "sleeve" it shouldn't be that big of an issue.  The information booklet he received is for both the RNY AND the sleeve.  So possibly, this is more applicable for just the RNY patients.
kaykay9.0
on 7/19/09 12:59 pm - Plano (suburb of Dallas), TX