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Will I Still Absorb Nutrients The Same Way After Lap-Band Surgery?

You may have heard that one of the more common side effects patients experience after gastric bypass surgery is vitamin or mineral deficiency. It’s true that close to 30% of all gastric bypass patients experience some form of nutritional deficiency like osteoporosis, anemia or metabolic bone disease. This risk is addressed by taking gastric bypass vitamins. If this happens with gastric bypass patients, you may be wondering if it also occurs with laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (or lap-band) patients.

Malabsorption and Why It Occurs

One of the goals achieved in gastric bypass surgery is malabsorption. Malabsorption is the digestive system’s diminished ability to absorb calories contained in the foods we eat. By bypassing a large portion of the stomach and a section of the small intestine, the surgery makes it possible for some of the calories to pass through the digestive system without getting absorbed into the body. This is one of the reasons why gastric bypass patients generally achieve more rapid weight loss than patients who have had the gastric band procedure.

While fewer calories are being absorbed, the same holds true with the food’s nutritional content: fewer of the vitamins and minerals get absorbed, passing through the digestive system.


Malabsorption and the Lap-Band


Since the laparoscopic adjustable band procedure does not surgically alter your digestive tract, it’s ability to absorb nutrients remains unaffected. Your body will be able to assimilate all the vitamins, minerals and calories found in the foods you eat just as before.


That being said, it does not entirely rule out the possibility of nutritional deficiencies in gastric band patients. It’s very important to remember that after the surgery, you will be able to eat far less food than you can now. That means your food choices will be extremely important to ensure they deliver all the nutrients your body needs.


Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Post-Surgery


We work with all our patients following their surgery, no matter which procedure they have opted for; to make sure they have a healthy and successful experience post-surgery. The key to that health and success is the adoption of a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. Dietary and eating habits must be altered. Our on-staff nutritionist helps patients come up with a new, nutritional diet that promotes ongoing weight loss while still providing the body with all the vitamins and minerals needed to keep your organs in top working order.


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“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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