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Apr 26, 2017 · Need Awareness/ Prevention/ Research on Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) in Digestive Health

It depends on if you have what they consider to be “true” SMAs or not. Also, a general surgeon is who performes SMAs, not a colorectal surgeon ((which by the way GI doctors don’t even know)). This is such a rare condition and very controversial…I have seen several surgeons who wanted to resolve my other issues before addressing my SMAs and now know this is causing me problems. I haven’t lost weight because of it but experience vomiting, nausea and severe pain. I have to watch my diet anyways and eat “soft foods” or liquids and have had to because of my crohns for 17 years…so maybe that’s why I haven’t lost weight. And from other meds like steroids…but my GI knows this is causing me pain as does my current surgeon. GI has been pushing for this surgery since I was first diagnosed…they have to measure the “angle” to determine if this is true SMAs and the angle needs to be below 18 degrees to be considered true SMAs. You should get relief from vomiting and nausea post surgery, but you can still have pain for some time. The surgery my surgeon does is a bypass surgery, not gastric bypass–but it bypasses the mesentheric artery. I have not had my surgery yet but will keep you posted. They don’t want to do surgery if they don’t believe it will help you…but many surgeons are honestly timid to do this surgery either way. Feel free to message me And I’m so sorry about your pain. I have to pop promethazine for nausea like tic tacs… Xx

Apr 26, 2017 · Need Awareness/ Prevention/ Research on Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) in Digestive Health

I urge you to come to houston when you have the chance. Memorial hermann in the medical center is an excellent hospital and many specialists here. Feel free to
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Apr 26, 2017 · Need Awareness/ Prevention/ Research on Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) in Digestive Health

I feel the exact same way…I’ve had crohns since 2000 and back then we had NO info or research and I didn’t know a single person with an autoimmune disease, let alone crohns. now I can meet people online and even watch surgeries on google. I’m so glad you had a good experience at memorial hermann and that your life was saved!!!

Mar 14, 2017 · Need Awareness/ Prevention/ Research on Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) in Digestive Health

Hi. I have SMAs and I live in Houston, Texas. I was diagnosed about a year ago–so many hospital Drs went back and forth through Ct scans etc. it was a nightmare. I also have crohns have have had chronic cdiff. My GI confirmed my diagnosis once and for all by presenting my case at a radiology conference. We are currently seeking out surgeons, whom he suggests and has spoken with about my case, to do surgery. I’m meeting with one on march 15. Background–I don’t have a large intestine anymore…my GI wanted me to have SMAs surgery during 2nd colon surgery, which was done in October 2015 by an excellent surgeon–but surgeon did not want to do the surgery then because he was afraid of risks etc. please respond to me here or I’m not sure how else you can contact me–I just created this user name to contact you. I know this is very scAry and not having answers or people who know what’s going on is even more terrifying.

I am 28 years old and my dr is at memorial hermann in the medical center. His name is Andrew DuPont and he’s an amazing dr on all levels. Intelligent, kind, incredibly compassionate, and up to date with the latest treatments for GI issues. He even conducts research with the UT physicians network and has many “fellows” residents who are completing their GI speciality, who work below him–learn fr him and I think this gives him a unique perspective because he’s always up to date on the newest treatments etc and you have more eyes looking at your case. I urge you to make an appointment with him. Do you live in the Houston area? Sometimes appointments have to be scheduled far out–if you experience that problem, contact his nurse and leave a message explaining the severity of your sons condition etc to get bumped up.

I have had crohns since I was 11—been in and out of hospitals and through Drs etc. I feel this gives me pretty high standards when it comes to doctors and I fully trust Dr. DuPont more than I have ever trusted anyone else. I would recommended him to everyone. He’s amazing and he will never dismiss pain and symptoms etc. he looks to find answers and solutions. Please contact him!! Xx