Nutritional problems after weight-loss surgery

Gastric bypass-Roux-en-Y surgery is because of the malabsorptive and restrictive elements of the surgery.

The malabsorptive element of gastric bypass surgery to prevent that your body absorbs an excess amount of calories from food, under the operation of food. Limiting the number of calories that the body is absorbed, that an effective way, so that the patient will lose weight after surgery and is the prerequisite for most diets but limit the malabsorptive element of weight-loss surgery can limit the amount of nutrients that the body absorbs.

Post gastric bypass surgery patients are at high risk of malnutrition. Bariatric surgeons advise patients on a post-surgery diet to follow and will often prescribe, are vitamin and mineral supplements to avoid malnutrition.

The common lack of nutrition of patients after weight-loss surgery are facing protein deficiency and vitamin D, vitamin B12, and vitamin E, gaps. Patients take often less calcium and iron post surgery, which increases the risk of complications such as anemia in the months after the surgery and arthritis later in life for gastric-bypass patients.

Lack of protein

Protein is of the body to repair tissue and muscles. If patients are deficient in protein, there is a risk of muscle wasting and loss of muscle tissue. Protein to absorb the most efficient method for the body is through food. To prevent defects to recommend bariatric surgeons and nutritionists protein a post-operative diet 60% protein rich foods there is. One way to help patients, the body absorb right to eat amounts of protein from food, protein rich foods, such as meat, at the beginning of meals to ensure that the body absorbs these nutrients first.

If a patient after gastric bypass surgery become a lack of protein can protein supplement drinks as part of a healthy post-operative diet be integrated.

Vitamin deficiencies

The body absorbs most of the vitamins from the food through the stomach and duodenum. After gastric bypass food bypasses most of the stomach and duodenum, which means that lots of vitamins that the body needs are not absorbed. Vitamin B-12 is a vitamin that is absorbed only by the stomach. Stomach acid breaks down proteins and separates the vitamin B-12. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause that severe anemia and bariatric surgeons recommend that patients contain dietary supplements in their diet after surgery vitamin B12. A lack of vitamin D is often a problem post gastric bypass-surgery and even surgeons will recommend supplements the risk of deficiency due to malabsorption caused to counteract patients.

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency can occur in gastric bypass patients, for two reasons: after surgery, many patients reduce their intake of red meat because of the risk of Dumping syndrome and iron is absorbed by the duodenum, which bypasses most of the foods after surgery. Iron deficiencies are very common among women. If untreated iron deficiency can lead to anemia, poses serious health problems. Iron pills or an injection of iron supplement are recommended every month and patients iron levels are periodically tested after surgery.

Following gastric bypass surgery patients are recommended to prevent a post-operative diet deficient nutrition and weight loss surgery-related complications.