What Vitamins Does a Post-Op WLS Really Need? Video
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How long do I need to take bariatric vitamins?
Answer: For the duration of your life :) Once you’ve had the anatomy altering surgery such as Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch your vitamins needs will always be the same. You will not grow out of needing to supplement your diet with vitamin therapy.
What about if I haven’t been taking vitamins but my labs are always fine?
I wouldn’t get too comfortable! Lab values will come back normal, normal normal and then drop. In fact, many doctors and nurses will glance at your labs to see if they are in the normal level but won’t always pay attention to if things are trending DOWNWARD. I recommend asking for a copy of your labs and watching the trends yourself. It’s much better to catch that a lab value is heading downward instead of waiting for it to drop to a level that your doctor or nurse will address it.
What is the easiest and most cost effective way to get the vitamins I need?
I recommend sticking with bariatric specific vitamins because you don’t have to take as many vitamins in the end. These vitamins have been formulated for surgery patients so the iron is high enough, the B12, the vitamin D and so on. This keeps you from needing to take lots of others which easier and cheaper!
My recommendations: Bariatric Advantage or Celebrate Vitamins (pictured below – I am not an affiliate marketer for either company but familiar with their products and feel they are a great fit for post-ops).
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