A 33-year-old member asked:
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if i have very low iron levels in my blood history of gastric bypass...and supplements aren't helping lunch, what would he the next best step?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Low iron levels: Your clinician needs to review your entire record, history, and complete an examination on you. This is a tricky situation. By your question, you are associating the bypass surgery with the iron deficiency. While you may be correct, there are other causes for iron deficiency, as with a myriad of colon problems (colon cancer, i.e.) that must be considered. Seek help as soon as possible.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
You need : A full hematological and GI workup to determine the cause of your iron deficiency anemia.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Common problem: After gastric resection , due to by passing duodenum iron is not absorbed , will have low serum feritin levels , especially bigger problem in young females , need to take more oral iron , iron containg foods like liver , meats , oysters etc. Vit c found to help iron absorption , must take vitamin c with ferrous sulfate , rarely need parental adminstration of iron in severe cases.
Answered on Jun 26, 2016

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