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HIV & Bariatric Surgery

Aug 19, 2012

Am I able to undergo bariatric surgery, if I am HIV positive? Are there any specific risks that I should be concerned about?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In general, there is no contraindication to surgery, or this particular surgical procedure in someone with HIV infection. You don't indicate whether you are on HIV treatment and your infection is under control, and what your immune status is (CD4 count). Always better to have surgical procedures if your HIV is under control and your immune system is in good shape.

VL and the risk of b/f
is it too late? My cd4 level is below 138

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