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I have Barrettes esophagus and blood pressure is well regulated, am I good candidate for lap band?

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I hope this is the free service I am looking forI am a female age 69, active, (walk 2 miles, three times a week and join in exercise classes at the library)my bloodpressure is well regulated with medicine, also take synthroid and omeprazoleI am very overweightand I have Barretts esophagus My concern is if I am a good candidate for lapband expecially because of the Barrett's

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Yes, you are eligible for lap band.

But, this has to be made sure with few investigations and also few precautionary measures. Firstly biopsy of esophagus has to be taken, to know if there are any changes, by this I mean dysplasia or metaplsia of squamous cells. Next, precautionary measures like taking enough antacids before and after the lap. As stress can lead to increased production of acid, chances of acute gastritis and regurgitation of acid leading to stimulus for metaplasia.

Apart from that your hemoglobin and weight should be measured before lap to be on safer side.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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