Iron Deficiency*

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This is the most common deficiency seen in our patients after gastric bypass surgery. Conversely, it is the most common deficiency seen in our patients before the operation. Gastric Bypass reroutes the food away from the distal stomach and the first portion of the small intestine – the duodenum. The duodenum is where most elemental iron is picked up in the intestinal tract. Because of this, gastric bypass results in worse iron absorption. We screen all patients for iron deficiency pre-operatively: if they are low, we give supplemental iron and see if iron level rise in the blood to normal levels. If iron remains low then it can be assumed the patient has poor iron absorption. We do not recommend gastric bypass in these patients. For those whose iron levels rise to normal we can still recommend gastric bypass if they choose that surgery.

In patients who develop iron deficiency after operation we will treat the deficiency with a ferrous fumarate formulation (REPLIVA) for 2 months. If they return to normal we would recommend a maintenance iron formulation to be taken from then on. Occasionally, iron deficiency can be profound after gastric bypass surgery necessitating iron infusion therapy intravenously.

* Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results may not be representative of the experience of others. Testimonials are voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefits in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of patient experience but the exact number of pounds lost and experience will be unique and individual to each patient.

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