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


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

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I feel like a completely different person.

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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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