If you have recently undergone bariatric surgery or you are planning to, you know that taking vitamin and mineral supplements will be key to your long-term health and wellness. Bariatric surgery patients need a variety of vitamin supplements to ensure they get the right amount of nutrients. Why? Because most bariatric patients have had a portion of their digestive system removed or rerouted (as is the case for gastric bypass surgery), which impacts how their bodies absorb nutrients.
Why We Do NOT Recommend Vitamin Patches
Vitamin patches are a recent introduction in the world of bariatric surgery and many patients wonder how effective they are. The idea is appealing: instead of taking oral supplements, wear a multivitamin patch on your skin for several hours a day. Unfortunately, there is not enough research right now to determine how effective these are in terms of nutrient absorption through the skin for the needs of bariatric patients.
Certain nutrients like magnesium are easily absorbed through skin pores, then make their way into the bloodstream. However, other nutrients can’t fully be absorbed because the molecules are too big. There are some nutrients that are proven to be unabsorbable through the skin, including vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in bariatric patients after surgery and supplements are always needed.
All in all, vitamins are best absorbed through the digestive system, in the form of capsules, chewables, or liquids. This is the proven way to get the body the nutrients it needs to not only recover and heal from surgery, but to give patients the energy they need to exercise and reach their weight loss goals.
Leading Weight Loss Surgeons in Oklahoma
At WeightWise, our surgeons, staff, and nutrition experts are well-versed in the types of vitamins and minerals that are best for bariatric surgery patients. We will not only work with you to create an after-surgery diet plan, but we will get you the list of vitamins you need. We even have our very own online store that carries completely bariatric-friendly vitamins and supplements.
If you have questions or you are wondering if weight loss surgery is right for you, contact us today!