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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Gastric surgeries and hidradenitis suppurativa

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    Can getting surgery be effective in reducing hidradenitis suppurativa? Extra weight causes more flares. I am considering gastric surgery but will it be effective?
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  • Dr John Frew

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    There has been conflicting evidence about Bariatric surgery and HS.

    Some studies have shown a benefit but in some severe cases (Hurley Stage 3), some participants got worse after bariatric surgery. This suggests there is no "one size fits all" approach for HS. 

    often a combination of medical surgical and lifestyle changes are needed to help control HS- with treatment tailored to you as an individual. Speak with your dermatologist.

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