Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Bariatric Surgery

Patients who are obese and have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – generally Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis – may wonder if bariatric surgery is an appropriate option for them. In 2012, researchers presented data at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) conference, showing that IBD should not be considered a reason to avoid bariatric surgery. In their study, the reviewed the results of just over 3,000 bariatric surgery procedures. They found that the patients who had IBD had similar results in terms of safety, to those patients who did not have IBD.

Researchers wanted to move beyond the question of whether bariatric surgery is safe for patients with IBD, and answer the question of “is bariatric surgery beneficial to those patients with IBD”? A new study has been published in the journal Obesity Surgery, called “Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” This study evaluated 20 patients with IBD, who had either a gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or Lap Band procedure. After surgery, the majority of the patients showed improvement in their IBD symptoms. Obesity News Today said, “Weight loss might offer a major benefit to facilitate IBD interventions, and bariatric surgery is the most effective measure to achieve weight loss and overcome obesity comorbidities.” The benefits they showed in terms of improvement with their IBD symptoms, were in addition to the benefits they experienced from losing weight after their surgeries.

Since IBD affects approximately 600,000 Americans each year, and the prevalence of obesity is significant and rising, it is important to understand whether bariatric surgery is a safe and effective option for IBD patients. These studies indicate these patients may be good candidates for weight loss surgery. Dr. Provost is well-experienced in treating obesity in conjunction with a wide variety of medical conditions, and can help each individual evaluate their options for treatment. You can call us at 254-724-2397.

Individual results may differ. Consult with your physician about your treatment options.

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