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on 8/3/13 7:56 pm
VSG on 11/25/13 with
My surgeon said it's ok to take these post op, but I've read some things that say people who have had the sleeve can't take NSAIDs. I believe my doc, but just want to know if others had heard this?
on 8/3/13 8:05 pm - Davison, MI

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.

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!  At third goal, two years out and "normal"

on 8/3/13 9:05 pm - VA
VSG on 08/05/13

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.

on 8/3/13 9:08 pm

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 


on 8/3/13 9:22 pm
VSG on 11/25/13 with
May I ask what a PPI is?
on 8/3/13 9:27 pm - Davison, MI

proton pump inhibitor (PPI)  They block many of the active stomach pumps that produce acid before they start.   

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!  At third goal, two years out and "normal"


on 8/3/13 9:44 pm
VSG on 11/25/13 with
Connie S.
on 8/4/13 5:43 am - CA
VSG on 03/04/13
The big issue with NSAIDs is ulcers and increased risk after surgery. Once the stomach heals there should not be a problem if you need to take them. The ones *****ally should never take them again are the RNY people because they get terrible, huge, non healing ulcers at their anastamosis sites and run a huge risk of the ulcers perforating. I have seen so many of these over the years and it was a reason I could not seriously consider RNY. Just too scared of those ulcers! The good news is that since my sleep apnea has been treated, I rarely have headaches and have not really needed pain meds.
on 8/4/13 7:52 am - LA
VSG on 05/06/13

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





on 8/4/13 9:39 am - MS
VSG on 08/12/13

My doctor told me as long as I am able to take them now, before surgery, with no problems then I will be able to take them afterwards. 

Age: 34 ~ Height: 5'5 ~ HW: 287 (7/28/2013) ~ SW: 272 ~ GW: 150 ~ Goal weight met 8/9/2014  


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on 8/4/13 9:55 am


There is no solid science between bands, sleeves, and DS not taking NSAIDs.  EVERYONE is at risk for ulcers, ops and non ops.  Some people are more prone to ulcers than others.  Surgery or not.  RNY should not really ever take an NSAID.

For years most doctors (that don't use bypass orders for all surgery types) have said NSAIDs are fine.  Now, with that said the ASMBS just came out with new guidelines for NSAIDs and they are (starting this year) claiming that no WLS person should take NSAIDs.  But the past president of the ASMBS that decided this is a little bit of a twit.  No, she's a big twit and I know her personally. I wouldn't dream of letting her touch me or make any medical decisions regarding my care.

So, you have to take the info, think about it, see if you have issues with NSAIDs, and do what is right for you.

VSG on 06/12/13 with
At my 6 week checkup, I was cleared to take any NSAID I wanted, within reason. I try to stick to tylenol for periodic use, but the doc said if I need to take something stronger/longer, I can take advil or aleve.

Presurgery, I was taking 2 naproxen 2x day for my knees. I went off of it 2 weeks before surgery as part of the hospital's presurgery protocol, but haven't needed it since. I took liquid children's tylenol as needed for the first 6 weeks.


Sleeved 6/12/13 - 100 pounds lost to get to goal!