I am due to have gastric bypass surgery in 24 days and am worried. I have been advised that several years down the line I will experience blood related problems. Is it true that there can be blood related complications? If so, what kind of complications and are they serious?
Will I Have Blood Related Problems After Gastric Bypass Surgery
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Nutritional and Metabolic Consequences of Gatric Bypass (Weight Loss) Surgery
Anemia after gastric bypass
Gastric bypass, depending upon the type you have, changes the way your body absorbs nutrients. Some nutrients are needed to prevent anemia and other things, like vitamin deficiencies. Your surgeon should review your postoperative dietary and supplement needs in detail, so you can prevent or treat any potential problems. The benefits of massive weight loss are so great that they tend to overshadow potential complications.
Blood problems or anemia following gastric bypass or bariatric surgery
You should discuss and have a full understanding of this prior to surgery. Generally the risk of this is low and may be more related to the risk of transfusion. Malabsorption syndromes can occasionally produce iron deficiency anemia or pernicious anemia.
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