Mine says you can't but the research I read said you can and it is one reason for choosing the sleeve over RNY. It was one way people were getting the sleeve over the RNY when insurance was calling it experimental.
I take NSAIDS for my knees and my surgeon said that I should be able to resume taking them at the 2 month mark. He hasn't had any issues with his patients and the studies he's read show that if you didn't have a problem with NSAIDS prior to surgery you shouldn't have a problem postop either. I am hoping though that after 2 months of weight loss maybe I won't need them for my knees anymore.
My doc is good with it, and I have taken them off and on since being sleeved without incident. I do take them with a little food or something, and I do not use a PPI regularly.
Surgeon: Chengelis Surgery on 12/19/2011 Carb eating loose sleever here!
1Mo: -21 2Mo: -16 3Mo: -12 4MO - 13 5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6 9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10 MO 10: -8 MO 11: +1 MO 12: -1.4 Mo 13-14: 0 Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good! BMI 24 CW: 188 Goal in 8 months 4 days!! 6' 2'' EWL 103% Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5 150+ pounds lost
some good and informative posts here...I have found that this is just one of many issues where surgeons seem to differ greatly in their advice--that always amazes me; i.e., that surgeons can have such widely varying advice on what should be fairly standard protocol in my opinion...I have not asked my surgeon personally about this, but his staff counsels and passes out written instructions that NSAIDs should be avoided if at all possible for the rest of the patient's life post-VSG