Vitamin Supplementation after Gastric Bypass Surgery

February 22, 2011

Almost every gastric bypass patient will have to take vitamin and mineral supplementation after surgery. Because the gastric bypass procedure re-routs the small intestine, it reduces the amount of vitamins and minerals that are absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal walls. Generally, no matter how dense the food someone consumes after gastric bypass surgery, it most likely will not be able to fill their nutritional requirements. The result, without supplementation, is nutritional deficiencies that can cause short and long term health problems.

The most common deficiencies that require nutritional supplementation are calcium, vitamin B12 and in some cases iron. Your dietician will be able to determine the best course if supplementation for you. Nutritional supplements will have to be taken for the rest of the patient’s life and before considering gastric bypass surgery patient should understand the nutritional supplementation in perpetuity is a very real consequence of the exceptional weight loss potential this procedure offers.

While there is no way to avoid the need for supplementation following your procedure, sticking to your surgeon and dietician’s prescribed nutritional plan can help ensure that you will be receiving the adequate nutrition to stay healthy. Be sure to always follow your prescribed diet and never take more or less supplementation than told. You will receive periodic blood tests after surgery to determine your vitamin levels and detect any possible nutritional deficiencies. Before beginning any new supplementation or medication regime please speak to your surgeon’s office to make sure it is safe.

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