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Crohn's and Kidney Stones: What's the Connection?

For Crohn's, bariatric surgery is bad news for kidney stones

Last, but not least, there certain obesity treatments that bode ill for those with CD. In the United States, bariatric surgery is the most frequently used and most successful weight-loss surgery. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, bariatric surgery works by either reducing the amount of food that can flow into the stomach or by initiating nutrient malabsorption or a combination of both. However, for those with CD who already struggle with nutrient malabsorption, this is bad news.

In a study conducted by Dr. Wu, who examined the effects of bariatric surgery on bladder stones, he found evidence to suggest the surgery predisposes patients to urolithiasis (the formation of bladder stones) and is a result of hyperoxaluria (high urinary concentrations of oxalate). For those who want to lose weight, live an active lifestyle and eat right. If that’s not enough, consider other options, such as gastric banding.