Do I need to take vitamins and minerals after bariatric surgery?
Yes, you will need to take vitamins and minerals after having bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery puts you at risk for low levels of vitamins and minerals after surgery because you may:
- be eating less food
- not be able to eat certain foods or textures
- not be able to absorb as many vitamins and minerals as your body could before surgery
- have other health problems or take certain medicines
Vitamins and minerals are important to help your body work properly so you will need to take vitamin and mineral supplements every day for the rest of your life. Talk to your dietitian about the type and amount of supplements that are best for you. Your needs for vitamin and mineral supplements can change over time, so it’s important to see a dietitian to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.
How do I know if my vitamin levels are low?
The best way to check your vitamin levels is by getting a blood test. You may not have signs or symptoms of a low vitamin level until they are very low. This is why it’s important to go for blood tests when your doctor orders them and to go to all of your appointments with your doctor and dietitian.