Will Gastric Bypass Help With an Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)?

Can the condition be improved by getting bypass surgery?

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Hypothyroidism and Weight Loss Surgery

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Weight Loss Surgery will improve almost every comorbidity, however unfortunately it does not improve hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism is only improved by Synthroid.  We will check for hypothyroidism prior to surgery because that can be a cause of obesity and low metabolism.   Maintaining the correct amount of thyroid hormone in the body is very important to success with weight loss surgery

Long Island Bariatric Surgeon

Hypothyroidism and gastric bypass

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Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain.  Unfortunately gastric bypass surgery or any weight loss surgery will have no affect on your thyroid function.  It is important to keep your thyroid levels maintained well with synthroid to have the best results with gastric bypass surgery.

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