Are there any diseases/illnesses that could not be treated because you are sleeved?
So my question is--are there any potential illnesses that would not be able to be treated due to being sleeved? I'm thinking of the big things--like-organ transplants, cancer treatments, etc. For example, would we be at risk for being malnourished more than a non-sleeved person if we were going through cancer treatments?
I know that being obese is absolutely dangerous but I would just hate for my doctor to say (in the future), "We would like to try this treatment-but we can't because you've been sleeved." Common sense tells me that this wouldn't be the case because our anatomy has remained intact--we just have a smaller stomach.
When comparing RNY to the sleeve-do you think it would be easier to treat most life-threatening diseases if one is sleeved (as opposed to the RNY)? I know that arthritis could be difficult to treat if one has RNY also.
I ask these things because cancer runs in my family (on both sides) and because I do suspect that I have some kidney problems. My father has kidney issues and his nephrologist told him that a transplant was a very real possibility for him.
But at the same time-I know that being obese is making me at risk for so many horrible illnesses as well.
Thank you all for your advice!
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on 4/9/12 10:48 pm - Canada
I'm an oncology nurse, with a cancer history on both sides of my family. The sleeve would not make it more difficult to treat cancer. It just needs to be part of your medical history that you should give any MD that you see. There is a lot of literature now about how difficult it is to treat obese patients who have cancer and about how obesity increases your risk of many types of cancer and decreases your chance for early diagnosis because of not noticing signs a normal sized person would see, or delaying or avoiding routine check-ups because of shame related to weight or physician bias against obesity. Your kidney function should be monitored after vsg even if you don't have a family history of kidney problems. I don't believe a vsg patient who follows guidelines for protein or fluid is any more at risk for kidney disease or would have a more difficult time with treatment. People with severe ulcers or stomach cancer have been getting nearly the same procedure that we get for about 50 years or more and go on to lead normal lives. My firm belief going into this was that I was saving myself from many more bad health issues than this would contribute to or cause for me in the future.
The further out you get the more you can eat so it's a matter of food intake no problem. I can only see FUTURE treatments as easier because you are no longer morbidly obese, etc.
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