Multi-Vitamin Improves Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgical procedures such as lap-band, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass are all effective techniques used to help reduce stomach size or capacity, control food cravings, help with portion control, and ultimately promote weight loss.

Most people who undergo bariatric surgery lose an average of 50 percent of their excess bodyweight within the first year or two after surgery. If you’ve struggled with your weight for years and tried a long list of fad diets and exercise programs with mixed results, bariatric surgery can be life-changing in more ways than one.

Nutrition Plan After Surgery

After surgery, your healthcare team will provide you with a nutrition plan to help you change your eating habits, make healthy food choices, and maximize your results. Depending on your surgery and other factors, it may take 6 to 8 weeks to adjust to eating differently than you did before surgery.

In most cases, you’ll follow a liquid-only diet after surgery. Then you’ll add pureed foods to your diet, followed by soft foods, and eventually resume eating smaller portions of solid foods. You’ll also learn to drink the right amount of liquids without stretching your stomach. But your nutrition plan after surgery doesn’t stop with making smart food choices.

After surgery, your stomach may be restricted with the lap-band, or surgically resized with another procedure. This helps with satiety and portion control to limit calories and promote weight loss. But it also changes the way your body absorbs nutrients from food.

Add a Chewable Multi-Vitamin to Your Nutrition Plan

That’s why you should take a chewable multi-vitamin at breakfast and dinner for at least the first six months following surgery, according to the American Dietetic Association Nutrition Care Manual, and research published in The Ochsner Journal. After six months, gastric bypass patients may switch to a multi-vitamin that can be swallowed. Lap-band patients should stick with a chewable multi-vitamin to supplement nutrition.

In addition to food, a chewable multi-vitamin is a kind of nutritional insurance that can help you get adequate levels of vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery often need to take supplements to get enough calcium, vitamin D, iron, B vitamins, thiamin, and folate, according to the ADA. You’ll be eating plenty of healthy foods. Adding a chewable multi-vitamin will help fuel your body with all the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

Contact the New York Bariatric Group for more information on their bariatric procedures and bariatric nutritional supplements for both pre and post surgery.

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Multi-Vitamin Improves Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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