Splenic Artery Aneurysm and Gastric bypass?

Posted by purrplegnome @purrplegnome, Feb 15, 2018

I have a small SAA near the hilum which hasn\'t grown since found, and my vascular surgeon said it should be okay unless I get pregnant. Since I\'ve had a total hysterectomy, that\'s not a problem. I\'ve been told I should consider gastric bypass surgery, due to uncontrolled diabetes. My question: does the presence of the aneurysm in any way present a danger during or because of the surgery? I\'ve called two bariatric surgeons and both offices refused to answer my question unless I was a patient or made an appointment for a consultation. I don\'t know who else to call. Thanks for your input!

Hi @purrplegnome,

I sincerely apologize for the tardy reply, but I'd like to extend a warm welcome, and thank you for reaching out to the Connect community. I'm tagging a few members, who have discussed gastric bypass surgery, for their insights: @jessiecms, @mamak, @scarlettjoe, @bettyann, @china, @tessandra, @bergordon, @tlopez, @gracie927, @wdd18054, @fourof5zs, @loli, @davidgenebarnes and Mentors @gailb @sandytoes14. However, If you are considering this procedure, and have questions about the aneurysm, it would be best to consult your doctor or surgeon.

@purrplegnome, many studies have established the benefits of gastric bypass surgery and long-term improvement of uncontrolled diabetes; what concerns you the most?

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Hi @purrplegnome,

Did you undergo the gastric bypass surgery? I was wondering how you were doing, and it would be great to hear back from you.

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I was recently at Mayo for what I thought were Gastro issues. The doctor we saw brushed off my concerns and I really felt like she didn't do a thorough job of looking at what was wrong. In reading my radiology reports on the last day we were there, I noticed that I have a SAA. I called her and asked why I wasn't told about this. She said it was insignificant and could not possibly be causing my pain (even though it's in the exact spot?). She refused to put a referral in to the vascular department.
I am now home and have followed up with a vascular doctor in my area. He ran a different CT scan that pinpointed where the SAA is and because of the location thinks that it needs repaired and that it is possibly the reason for my pain.
I would like to get a second opinion from Mayo without having to go back for a costly trip. Is there a way to have a vascular doctor look at my results online? I feel like we spent a small fortune on this trip and were brushed off on day two with a not accurate diagnosis. I will say that the OB we saw there was amazing. I just feel like the gastro doctor didn't do enough digging. Thanks!

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