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Is it safe for me to have gastric bypass surgery if I already have a pacemaker?  

I am 22 years old and I weigh 340 pounds. I was wondering if it's safe to get gastric bypass surgery even though I have a pacemaker. I need help with my weight.  

submitted by Martin from Pasadena, Texas on 6/11/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Scott R. Sherron, MD  Scott R. Sherron, MD

Although all surgeries have risks, the presence of a pacemaker does not significantly increase yours necessarily.  However, it would be important to see your cardiologist prior to surgery to define more precisely the risk, since needing a pacemaker at your age is relatively uncommon and the risk may be altered by the underlying heart disease that led to pacemaker in the first place. Overall, your health is likely to be more adversely affected by your weight than by the surgery, but this is a decision that should be made in consult with your doctors.Hope this helps.

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Updated June 2013
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