Mom had gastric bypass surgery 1year ago, and she's having so many vitamins&supplements as therapy, will it be dangerous to cut out most of it at once?

Yes. Don't stop meds. After gastric bypass, nutrient absorption is VASTLY reduced. While it helps lower fat & calorie intake, the downside's reduced absorption of iron (minerals) & essential vitamins like Vitamins A, C, D, E, K. Doctor prescribed supplements with high doses of vitamins & minerals FOR A REASON. If she stops taking them, she'll become deficient. DON'T STOP PRESCRIBED meds w/o talking to doctor! Ever!

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Nutritional ramifications and gastric bypass surgery? What are the nutritional ramifications to gastric bypass surgery? What vitamins can't be absorbed?

There . There are many nutritional changes after bypass surgery and they can vary depending on type of bypass or band. If you are thinking of undergoing bypass surgery be sure that wherever you are thinking of having the procedure preformed there is a nutritionist as they will be an important part of your medical team. Usually, immediately following surgery, there will be strict guidelines for how much and what types of food to eat. These will loosen over time. It is important to remember that you can still gain weight and have your bypass fail if you continue with poor eating habits. While you will feel full after little food you can stretch the pouch. Avoid foods with high fat and sugar content. Remember at first to eat very slowly, stop when full, chew food well, and concentrate on protein and hydration. Over time, months, you will most likely be able to eat all the foods you used to, but much less. Most often people will eat three, small, well chewed meals per day. Because of changes in gastric acidity and the new structuring of the intestine after roux-en-y gastric bypass the absorption of several micronutrients may be affected; b12, calcium, vitamin d, folate, iron, and thiamine to name a few. Your physician will usually do blood tests at 3 months, 6 months, and then yearly to follow lipid levels, iron levels, B12 and folate levels, calcium, vitamin d and parathyroid hormone levels, and your blood count. Most recommend taking a multivitamin with minerals and iron daily, and a B12 supplement (may be oral or injected). If your iron level is low you may be instructed to take a supplement --only do this if your level is low. You may also need additional calcium or vitamin d depending on your lab work. Patients undergoing lap banding may only need a multivitamin. Above all remember to work closely with your doctor and nutritionist. Weight loss surgery takes a lifelong commitment to be successful. Read more...

Pregnancy and gastric bypass surgery? What happens to a developing fetus if the b-vitamins and protein is not accessible after gastric bypass surgery?

It . It is very possible to have a healthy, happy pregnancy following gastric bypass. Many pregnancies are healthier after bypass than before because of a decrease in complications related to obesity. The risks associated with gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and c section, among others, all decrease after successful bypass. It is important that you try to wait to conceive until you have had the majority of your weight loss and your weight has stabilized. This is usually around 12-18 months. People have been pregnant successfully sooner but there is more risk. Following bypass the absorption of nutrients is changes due to the new anatomy. Additionally your intake is limited because your stomach is now a small pouch. For these reasons it is important to work closely with your OB and a nutritionist through your pregnancy. Around 80% of women meet all their needs on their own. Some women need to drink liquid protein supplements to ensure they get enough protein. Rarely women need IV nutrition supplementation, usually only late in pregnancy. Vitamins are still accessible to your baby so long as your own body has adequate stores. You should take a prenatal vitamin and speak with your doctor regarding the need for folate, b-12, calcium, iron, or vitamin d supplements. Likely you are already taking b 12 supplements and these will continue. Your physician will continue to monitor your levels through blood tests during pregnancy. Remember, you do not know you are pregnant during those early important weeks, so if you have any plans for pregnancy be sure to work closely with your doctor and nutritionist to stay healthy. Read more...
Supplement . If you don't take vitamins there is a high incidence of spina bifida and intra-uterine death. Read more...
Pregnancy is ok. . Pregnancy is quite appropriate after roux-en-y gastric bypass. Most programs ask patients to wait 12-18 months post-op to be one pregnant. Regarding "b" vitamins and protein, as long as you are taking the recommended vitamin supplementation and sufficing your protein requirements (typically around 70 grams/day) all should be good for the developing fetus. Read more...

Can diet pills or gastric bypass surgery help me lose most weight?

Weight loss. It depends on the amount of weight you need to lose. If it's 100lbs or more surgery is a more permanent option and probably more weight loss. Read more...
Gastric bypass. All forms of weight loss surgery: lap band - gastric bypass do better for weight loss than any medicine. Read more...

How much weight do most people loose in the first months after gastric bypass surgery?

Varies. Most patients averages 20 +/- 10 pounds per month right after surgery. A steady state is usually reached by 5-6 month with most patients achieving most of their desired weight loss by 12-16 months. In general, the higher your preop bmi, the faster the initial weight loss. It is important for you to stay in the bariatric program - surgery is just one component of your longterm success. Read more...
2-4 pounds per week. Weight loss after gastric bypass surgery varies depending on your starting weight, where you carry your weight (abdomen versus lower body), how well you stick to your dietary regimen, whether you drink liquid calories (except for protein shakes!), and your other illnesses that may limit your exercise. Higher weight loss is seen in those that exercise, follow their diet, and see their surgeon! Read more...
20, then 15, then 12. After gastric bypass, we usually target a total of 80% excess body weight loss. So i you are 250 and you are supposed to be 150 lb, then 100 lb excess wt. You would likely lose 80lb in one year. Most of that in first few months, then slower. For the average pt who is 100 lb overweight, that would be 20, then 15, then 12, then about 35 lb over next 9 mo. Hope that helps. Read more...

My body doesn't tolerate iron pills. Do intravenous do the same things to my body as the pills do? I had gastric bypass surgery 3 yrs ago.

Not first choice. In iron absorption complex mechanism is involved, entire body has only 5 gm of iron, daily loss will be less than 2 mg, even if you take 10 gm of iron by mouth body is set to absorb less than 4 to 5 mg. Your first option should be liquid form, then may be im , IV is very rarely.Used for your condition. Read more...
Iv iron is different. There are many different types of oral iron and possibly a different formulation would work for you. Iv infusion of iron provides your body with iron and most are able to tolerate it. It is however more expensive, time consuming, and invasive because you have to sit in the infusion center with an IV to get the iron. Read more...
Iv and oral iron OK. Oral iron causes some constipation. Some companies make a chewable chocolate version that is quite tolerable (bariatric advantage). When the iron is quite low, the intravenous route is the best way to recover. However, you should then start an oral regimen. In bypass patients, a low copper level could inhibit absorption of iron. You might take a copper supplement also. Read more...