Getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals is critical for optimal health, but that can be a tall order after bariatric surgery. It can be difficult to get enough of each essential micronutrient on a daily basis to maintain adequate levels in the body. Supplements can help, but can be tricky.
Bariatric Vitamin Patches by PatchAid are formulated specifically for bariatric surgery patients who need to get their vitamins and minerals, and who may have additional needs such as increasing metabolism or improving energy levels. Talk to your doctor to identify your needs, and see which Bariatric Vitamin Patches may be right for you!
Great Vitamin Needs Among Bariatric Surgery Patients
With over 25 essential vitamins and minerals, it is hard enough to meet daily requirements every day even among patients without bariatric surgery. After weight loss surgery, there can be even more challenges.
- You are eating less food, which means you are taking in fewer nutrients. That is good because you are limiting calories, but troublesome because you are at greater risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
- You may be eating a more restricted variety of foods, which can lead to missing out on certain nutrients. For example, lactose intolerance after weight loss surgery can lead to lower intake of calcium, putting your bone health at risk.
- Some types of bariatric surgery lead to nutrient malabsorption, so your body has trouble getting the vitamins and minerals from food. This is especially true with procedures such as the gastric sleeve and especially the gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS).
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recommends that weight loss surgery patients get higher amounts of many vitamins and minerals than someone without weight loss surgery.
Bariatric Vitamin Supplements
Because of the high needs of bariatric surgery patients and the high frequency of deficiencies among them, the ASMBS and most surgeons recommend taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement every day for life. Bariatric multivitamins are different from standard one-a-day pills because they are higher in key at-risk nutrients. Capsules, chewable tables, and liquids are all possible forms of multivitamin and mineral supplements.
Bariatric Vitamin Patches
Bariatric Multivitamin Patches are an option for getting vitamins and minerals without swallowing them or worrying about stomach discomfort. Patches just need to be applied to a clean, dry area of skin and left on for up to 8 hours to allow absorption to occur.
PatchAid offers Bariatric Vitamin Patch Packs to help you get additional compounds that may be helpful after weight loss surgery. We have packs designed specifically for Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band, and Gastric Bypass patients. Along with targeted Multivitamin Patches, they may contain patches for concerns such as:
It is okay to wear multiple patches at once.
After talking to your doctor about your health and weight loss goals, the two of you can come to a decision about which Bariatric Patches or Bariatric Patch Packs may be right for you. Wearing patches is an easy way to support your health every day without a hassle.