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Question: Ureasa and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery


 Doris Night - Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:48 pm

My daughter was just diagnosed with "ureasa positive" and she is scheduled for sleeve gastrectomy surgery in a month. What does this mean? Thank you.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:35 pm

User avatar Hello --

Ureasa positive means ureasa caused by some GI-dwelling bacteria (usually either h.pylori or c. pylori) which can cause stomach ulcers.

The sleeve gastrectomy is a form of weight reduction surgery which may, in certain situations, perhaps be felt to be preferable to a total gastrectomy (removal of the stomach). If your daughter is obese, this would definitely make sense, but since you make no mention of this as a factor, I'm only guess that this approach to severe ulceration due to a bacteria in the stomach has led to partial removal by sleeving rather that total removal of the stomach. In either case it would certainly lead to some weight loss, and possibly rapid elimination with need for frequent, small meals. There's not enough information provided to know for certain exactly what's going on, except that there is a strong suggestion of bacterial stomach ulcers being treated in conjunction with a very popular weight loss surgery. Perhaps you could give us more information?

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