Do autoimmune diseases disqualify me from weight loss surgery?

by Rebecca
(Dallas, Texas)

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I have both Celiac’s and Sjogren’s disease. Does this disqualify me from weight loss surgery? I maintain a gluten-free diet and I take Evoxac for the Sjogren’s.

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Autoimmune diseases and weight loss surgery

by: Jeff on behalf of Dr. Gregg Jossart

Hi Rebecca, Here is Dr. Jossart’s response: “Celiac and Sjogren’s would not be an absolute exclusion for surgery. It would be surgeon-dependent and procedure-dependent.” In addition to talking with your current doctors, it may also make sense to sign up for a seminar and/or schedule a one-on-one consultation with a local qualified weight loss surgeon. Each of these options is typically free of charge, and this will allow you to discuss your specific situation directly with the individual(s) responsible for your surgery to learn your options and risks. Click here to contact a Center of Excellence weight loss surgeons in the Dallas area. Good luck, and please come back to this page and click the “click here to add your own comments” link below to keep all of us posted. Jeff DISCLAIMER: The above is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It should support, not replace, the relationship between the patient and his/her physician(s).

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by: Lap Band Groupie

I’m sure someone will be along to answer this, but I would start with consulting your own Doc/Rheumatologist. Not all autoimmune diseases are equal when it comes to WLS, and I know WLS patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and many with Thyroid Diseases. Since yours both involve the gastrointestinal system, you’re right to proceed carefully. Best Wishes!

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