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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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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees
In brief: You need
A full hematological and GI workup to determine the cause of your iron deficiency anemia.

In brief: You need
A full hematological and GI workup to determine the cause of your iron deficiency anemia.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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