Can You Be Approved For Weight Loss Surgery While Being Prescribed Methadone Opiate Addiction

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Brandy Says:

I am being prescribed methadone for opiate addiction been of all other drugs for 4 years I'm in the process of trying to have weight loss surgery and trying to find out if they will let me have it done since I'm on methadone?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Brandy! How are you?

Have you talked to the doctor or clinic that would be doing the surgery?

There is a chance that you may not be able to, since if you're planning something like stomach banding, it can affect how some medications are absorbed.

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BL Says:

It puts you at greater risks for complications with anesthesia. For elective surgery it is a risk most drs would rather not take. Talk to your surgeon.

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Kip Says:

I am having Gastic Sleeve surgery and have been on 110 mg of Methadone for 10 months. My surgeon has been wonderful. All is OK with anethesia and how the methadone will absorb in the new 85% smaller stomach.

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Methadoneuser Says:

Your Methadone is what is making you overweight. If you keep on taking it, you are likely to simply gain it all back again, and be in worse health from the surgery.

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Informationmatters Says:

Re: Methadoneuser (# 4) Expand Referenced Message

That's not always true. Clinical findings do not support this myth. Just another attempt to further stigmatize a drug that has been effective for more then has not. When used appropriately for patients meeting standards for dosing most side effects are transient in nature and can often be elevated with dosage adjustments and or other supportive protocols. It's sad when folks benefiting from use of this drug is unhappy with their life conditions so rather then attempt a positive change they rail against what's keeping THEM ALIVE.

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Amanda Says:

Methadone does make u gain weight. Not enough to be obese tho. The average person taking methadone gains 7 lbs. I work at a methadone clinic and know everything about the drug for rehab

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Freaksoshiek2k Says:

Re: Amanda (# 6) Expand Referenced Message

I too work in the drug treatment field at a methadone clinic as an intake process coordinator. Those figures may be your facility's findings, but as far as documentable evidence weight gain is unsupported in all of the literature I've examined over the 11 years I've been employed in this field. I don't profess to know everything relevant to the usage of this drug as an opiate replacement therapy but I just wanted to correct any misconceptions that exist. In fact a similar question was asked on my boards when studying for my CAC/CDC certification. Best Wishes.

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Shannon Says:

Have you had the surgery already. How are you feeling and how did the anesthesia go?

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Freaksoshiek2k Says:

Shannon,

I just visited with a client yesterday that underwent bariatric actually a gastric sleeve procedure was on 95 mg daily for 4 years and did wonderfully under general anesthesia. So long as the surgeon, anesthesiologist and med. surgical care team is aware of the patients history this can be achieved.

Best of luck if you consider this procedure.

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DeeDee Says:

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I had gastric bypass I'm on methadone, no problem and insurance paid, good luck

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Duhh Says:

Wow, you both say you work in a methadone clinic. It's not the methadone itself that makes you gain weight its the sweets that the methadone makes you crave!!

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Puppycat Says:

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I am terrified to tell the weight loss surgeon about being on a very high dose of methadone. I have plenty of takehomes so getting my medicine after surgery isn't a concern. I don't want to tell the doctor and was considering going down myself and maybe not dosing the day of, so many people will say this is stupid or dangerous but I will die from comorbidies if don't get the surgery. I was wondering if I could just tell the anesthesiologist without him telling the surgeon . If your going to be a rude person don't respond unless you've been in a recovering addicts shoes you can't know the prejudices we go through. I have over a decade clean and am almost willing to go into debt if a Medicaid accepted doctor rejects me because I know they are willing to accept this, I know many women who have had breast augmentation at high doses. I need to know has anyone had surgery under general anesthesia at 220 mgs?

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Tara Says:

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I know exactly how your feeling! The stigmas and prejudice that we as recovering addicts go through is incredibly disheartening! I’ve been on methadone maintenance for over 18 yrs and have underwent multiple surgeries including abdominal and have never had any complications. When I had my appendix removed I was so afraid to tell my surgeon that I waited until I was being wheeled into the OR to tell the anesthesiologist. I felt so lucky because he was so understanding. But not all Doctors have been so compassionate. I’m in your situation now, wanting to have weight loss surgery but I’m extremely apprehensive about admitting that I take methadone because I’m
afraid of being rejected! My current dose is 100mg.

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Jennifer Says:

Re: DeeDee (# 10) Expand Referenced Message

I know you wrote this a year ago but maybe you'll see this message. I'm having bypass surgery. I'm on 40mg of liquid methadone. Will it absorb correctly?

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Pria Says:

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Hello I haven’t gastric bypass surgery but am in the process of going through the motions to have the procedure done. I have been under general anesthesia while on 215 mg of methadone daily. The doctors asked not to take it the morning of surgery but I could take my dose after surgery

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Mandy Says:

Re: Kip (# 3) Expand Referenced Message

Hey! I know this thread was from quite awhile ago but I was hoping to find out as much info as I can! ;) I have been gaining weight LIKE CRAZY since starting Methadone and I just can’t taking it anymore! But I also don’t think I can get off MMT quite yet.. (love/hate relationship with MMT LOL)
I guess my question is, is that if I have weight loss surgery will I finally start to lose the weight that the methadone has caused me to gain??? PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you so much I’m advance to the person(s) who replies to this! ????

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Casey Says:

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I wish that were all that I gained. Been on methadone since 9/28/2016. Weight I started at was 197 pounds, my weight is now over 300 pounds. And I can tell you, I've never been this big in my life. I was in no way prepared for the intensity of sweet cravings the methadone gives. In all honesty, since I never used heroin I should of been put on suboxone instead of methadone. This is what my counselor told me 3 years into my treatment. I went all the way up to taking 120mg and a year in I worked my way down to 60mg and I'm at 50mg now. But the weight had already been gained. I went from hardly eating because the opiates kept my appetite suppressed to eating mostly cereal, candy and ice cream because of the cravings. I packed on the weight in 8 mos. And haven't lost a bit of it yet.

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Sierra Says:

Re: DeeDee (# 10) Expand Referenced Message

What kind of insurance did you have? I have a medical card and just got my paperwork to get started and on the paper it says specific medical conditions that will restrict you from having the surgery include... And methadone is on the list. I hope this doesn't stop them from proceeding

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Sierra Says:

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What kind of insurance did you have? I have a medical card and just got my paperwork to get started and on the paper it says specific medical conditions that will restrict you from having the surgery include... And methadone is on the list. I hope this doesn't stop them from proceeding

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Sierra Says:

Re: Jennifer (# 14) Expand Referenced Message

What kind of insurance did you have? I have a medical card and just got my paperwork to get started and on the paper it says specific medical conditions that will restrict you from having the surgery include... And methadone is on the list. I hope this doesn't stop them from proceeding

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