Can a HIV patient get the lapband and will meds still work afterwards?

Question

If a HIV patient is on meds can they get the lapband procedure done with no problem? After the surgery will their med still be absorb ok in their stomach?

Answer

Several HIV+ patients in our clinic have undergone a variety of weight reduction procedures with results generally mirroring the general population. After such surgery would usually monitor HIV related blood tests more carefully for a while to look for any detrimental changes in absorption of key HIV meds but would usually expect minimal/modest problems. KH