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Monitoring and Preventing Nutritional Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery

A bariatric surgical procedure can serve many purposes, including improving a patient’s overall health by treating morbid obesity and improving appearance and self-esteem. The network of doctors at Tijuana Bariatric Center in Tijuana, Mexico, are not only committed to helping patients achieve their primary goals, but also ensuring that nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery does not occur. Because the natural absorption of nutrients is altered as a result of surgery, it is possible for nutritional deficiencies to occur in the weeks and months following the procedure. Certain types of patients, such as those planning to become pregnant in the future, will need to take special precautions. With proper care and guidance from the team, you can safely achieve your goals.

How to Avoid Complications

Although modern bariatric surgery is quite safe, postoperative complications can occur. As a result of alterations to the gastrointestinal tract, the nutrients required for the body to continue to function and perform properly may not absorb properly. The body may suffer complications as a result of low absorption of vitamin B12, folate, zinc, iron, calcium, copper, and vitamin D. To help avoid complications, the staff at Tijuana Bariatric Center will take steps such as prescribing nutritional supplements. Dietary supplementation may begin shortly after the completion of the surgery, and the staff will monitor recovery.

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Trained professionals will monitor your recovery to avoid nutrient deficiencies and resulting side-effects.

Common Types of Deficiencies

Each type of nutrient deficiency has specific effects:

Vitamin B12: Naturally found in meats and dairy foods, this vitamin plays a significant role in the function of the nervous system, as well as the replication of cells. Without proper care and monitoring, a vitamin B12 deficiency can result in anemia, neuropathy, and cognitive issues. If you develop a vitamin B12 deficiency, a doctor may prescribe oral or injected forms of the nutrients.

Folate and Zinc: Both of these vitamins are critical in the formation of neurons and red blood cells. Folate and zinc deficiencies can cause anemia as well as neurological and psychological issues.

Iron: Iron is found in red meat and vegetables. An iron deficiency can result in anemia, fatigue, weakness, brittle nails, and irritability.

Copper: A copper deficiency can lead to difficulty walking, heart enlargement, skin changes, and neuropathy.

Calcium: Osteoporosis, a gradual weakening of the bones, is one of the many complications that can result from a calcium deficiency.

Vitamin D: Cognitive impairment and an increased risk of respiratory disease and cancer can result from a vitamin D deficiency.

A Trusted Team of Professionals

The network of doctors working with Tijuana Bariatric Center has been highly trained to prepare patients for all aspects of surgery. These doctors make your health and safety their first priority, and they will work in conjunction with a nutritionist to help you avoid nutrient deficiencies and other complications. If you would like to speak with someone at Tijuana Bariatrics Center, please send a message, or call (800) 970-0577. A healthy new lifestyle is within your reach, at a much more affordable price than what you would expect to pay in the United States.

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