Jul 20, 2005
Can any form of stomach stapling or lap band surgery be done on an obese woman with HIV
| Response from Dr. Henry
Persons with HIV generally do well with most surgical procedures. Outcomes may be somewhat improved if the patients had a good CD4 count and a suppressed viral level. I have not seen much on outcomes for stomach stabling procesures in HIV+ patients. Much of the approach would be similar to an uninfected patient. In most cases if a patient was undergoing elective surgery we would consider making sure their nutrion and HIV status was optimized. KH
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