Post Bariatric Surgical Care

Post Bariatric Surgical Care
Once a patient has undergone bariatric surgery, a significant first step has been taken. The journey is far from over, however, which is why Dr. Earl Fox and the Greater Columbia Bariatric Surgeons team in West Richland, Washington offer comprehensive post-bariatric surgical care services.
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Post-Bariatric Surgical Care

by Earl Fox, MD

Why is post-surgical care so important after a bariatric procedure?

Any surgical procedure is a significant medical event, and they all require special care once complete. Preventing infection is one aspect of post-surgical care that is of serious import, and patients will be screened for signs of infection at their follow-up appointment. In addition, bariatric surgery presents some unique challenges, due to the fact that the patient’s intake of food will be restricted following the procedure. It is vitally important that patients take advantage of the post-bariatric care services available to them to ensure that their bodies are functioning properly after surgery.

How important is vitamin supplementation after a bariatric procedure?

Once an individual has gone through bariatric surgery, his or her ability to eat a normal volume of food will be compromised. This means that it will become even more difficult to obtain the proper level of vitamins and minerals needed for proper bodily function. Supplementation is important, and patients should seek the advice of their trusted healthcare provider before beginning any course of supplementation.

What about protein supplementation?

Protein is critical for proper metabolic function. Without sufficient protein, individuals can encounter difficulty maintaining their optimal muscle mass, which can lead to a wide range of other problems. After bariatric surgery, protein needs become very important for the healing and recovery process. Protein intake is severely limited following a bariatric surgical procedure. The recommended daily intake of protein varies from one source to the next, but a good rule of thumb is that individuals need between 60 to 100 grams of protein daily. This protein can be obtained through eating protein-rich foods or through supplementation. Protein supplements can be included in shakes and other types of food.

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