When is surgical intervention indicated for hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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In general, surgical intervention is not necessary to treat hypertriglyceridemia. Plasmapheresis can be used in the setting of severe hypertriglyceridemia to reduce triglycerides in the acute setting. Ileal bypass surgery has been shown to improve all lipid parameters but should be reserved for severe hypertriglyceridemia refractory to all treatment.

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