What Vitamins Does a Post-Op WLS Really Need? Video

Steph Wagner

April 6, 2018

What Vitamins after Bariatric Surgery does a Patient Need…


and for how long?


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Are you wondering what vitamins are needed after bariatric surgery? Or how long you need to take them?

Below is a recording from a Live Video for members answering questions about Bariatric vitamins. Scroll down for answers to commonly asked questions and recommendations for vitamins.



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Common bariatric vitamin questions:

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.

Wondering about lab work after bariatric surgery? Here is a post on ‘What Lab Work is Needed after Bariatric Surgery’

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 is easier and cheaper!

My recommendations for bariatric vitamins:

Celebrate Vitamins – this is an affiliate link to the Bariatric Food Coach Store on the Celebrate website

👉 Multi-Complete 60

👉 Calcium Citrate Soft Chew

After Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass a patient could take one of the Multi-Complete 60 and three Calcium Citrate Soft Chews a day and meet all of the ASMBS guidelines. Calcium needs to be space out one at a time, two hours apart.


Bariatric Advantage

👉 Ultra Multi with Iron

👉 Calcium Citrate Chews


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11 thoughts on “What Vitamins Does a Post-Op WLS Really Need? Video”

  1. Steph –
    I am just starting with a new doctor who is not familiar with Bariatric Surgeries and Patients. Is there a place I can go to get a printout of what I should be taking and what she should be doing for my local care? I would like to present her with all of this information so that if any issue arise, we can address them according to medical standards for me.


  2. Is it a concern with vitamin D intake more than recommended, since the Calcium contains vitamin D as well? One would take in a total of 4500 IU? How soon can one transition to a capsule form? Thank you!

  3. @kizz not a problem for the calcium to have vitamin D! In fact, vitamin D helps absorb your calcium which is why they contain the D. Best to verify with your surgeon when to transition to capsules – I’ve had doctors approve taking it right away and others that wait a couple weeks. Great question!

  4. IS it a good idea to get started with this regimine about 15d prior to surgery? I already do b12, vit D, folic acid, and multi vitamin

  5. @Lisa Consult with your surgery center but many patients do start the routine in advance to get used to the schedule and typically no concern with supplementing in advance. Sounds like you are ahead of the game with the vitamins you are already taking! Best wishes in your upcoming surgery – and beyond!

  6. Hi Steph,

    I was wondering if you have ever heard of ProCare Health Bariatric Multivitamins and what your thoughts were on them? They advertise as only having to take one tablet to meet ASMBS guidelines plus 2 calcium chews. I was just wondering because they are significantly cheaper than Bariatric Advantage, Celebrate, Bariatric Fusion and Optisource. The cost is $16.98 for a 30 day supply.
    Thank you,

  7. @Jamie I hesitate some to think the pouch can absorb everything in one pill however you could try that routine and keep a watchful eye on your lab work. When your surgeon runs labs, always ask for a copy and then the next time compare all the levels. Even if something is normal range, look for anything dipping significantly from the time before. If you have labs and everything is in normal range and there are no significant changes to your levels then you can feel good about the routine. Everyone’s body absorbs differently too so you may do well with this and someone else may see dips. Just good to keep a watchful eye!

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