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Gastric Bypass Surgery: Why Do I Need to Take Oral Supplements for Life?

Published on November 29, 2017

Gastric bypass surgery is a non-reversible procedure that produces significant changes in your digestive system. Before undergoing gastric bypass surgery, it is extremely important that you understand that the procedure will require a number of major permanent lifestyle changes.

One of these major changes is the necessity to take a number of oral supplements, such as vitamins, calcium, and iron. These supplements will need to be taken for the rest of your life, because they help to compensate for the body’s inability to absorb nutrients and other supplements due to the changes caused by the surgery.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure works by essentially reducing the size of the stomach to that of a small pouch. This means that the amount of food that can be consumed by the patient is greatly reduced. Because a large portion of the lower stomach has been blocked off, the body is only capable of absorbing just a small fraction of the nutrients it used to be able to. In order to make up for this and to ensure that your body receives everything it needs to properly function, oral supplements must be taken.

At Western Surgical Bariatric Center, we understand that choosing to undergo bariatric surgery is a difficult and significant decision in a person’s life, and we aim to provide our patients with compassionate care and as much information as we can to help them to properly prepare for the changes ahead. If you are interested in bariatric surgery, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon Dr. John Weaver.