It’s well known that after you have bariatric surgery, you will need to take some vitamins and minerals for good health. You may be wondering what you will have to take and for how long.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get the vitamins and minerals you need — from pills to chewables to liquids. Your physician will outline a comprehensive plan for you, and together you can determine how to fit these supplements into your post-surgery life. Here are the basics of what you should know about taking vitamins and minerals after surgery:
1. Follow your physician’s advice
Each type of bariatric surgery has a different impact on the amount you can eat and how food is processed in your body. The surgery you undergo has been specially picked for you and your needs – and your vitamin plan is no different. Some people may have nutrient deficiencies before surgery, and your surgeon will recommend specific amounts for you based in this information. Your vitamin and mineral plan will be customized for you, based on your health history, the procedure you have, and your lifestyle. Follow your surgeon’s instructions, and don’t worry if a friend has a different plan than you.
2. Become a label-reader
Just because a multivitamin says “complete,” doesn’t mean it has everything you need in one pill. Some vitamins require multiple pills to get the full daily value, while others do not contain important minerals like calcium. You’ll likely need to reference your physician’s instructions and check out labels when you’re at the store selecting your supplements. And, you will probably need a vitamin that has 100 percent of the daily value for most, if not all, nutrients. Surprisingly, many vitamins only contain a portion of this.
3. Take them — and keep taking them
Most bariatric patients start off taking their supplements every day, but gradually stop taking them after a year or two. You must keep taking them, even if you feel great, for the rest of your life — or until your surgeon tells you otherwise. You should be seeing your surgeon for recommended follow-up visits after surgery, at which time you can discuss your vitamin and mineral needs.
If you maintain good communication with your physician before and after your bariatric surgery, you may find that taking the appropriate supplements is fairly easy and convenient. It’s an important step that must be followed for your optimal health as you enjoy a new, slimmer you.
CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery
CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.
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