Aftercare and support
Aftercare and support
Following any type of weight loss surgery there is a risk of developing vitamin or mineral deficiencies. This is because you will be eating smaller portions of food, which makes it more difficult to obtain sufficient vitamins and minerals from your diet alone. We therefore recommend that all patients take certain vitamin and mineral supplements to fill their nutritional gaps. Recommendations for postoperative supplementation vary in accordance with the type of procedure you have chosen.
We offer a variety of supplements and products to purchase, that will address your specific nutritional requirements, ensuring that you are on track to achieving your weight loss target whilst maintaining optimal health. Our experienced dietitians are at hand to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have during your weight loss journey.
· Following a weight loss procedure, you can expect to consume less food, as a consequence it will be difficult to meet your daily nutritional requirements, this places you at risk of developing nutritional deficiencies such as iron, folate, vitamin D, and calcium deficiencies.
· Vitamin absorption after surgery can vary from patient to patient, the type of multivitamin you are advised to take will depend on the specifics of your procedure.
· Supplemental calcium may be recommended to prevent conditions associated with calcium deficiency.
· The stomach’s ability to process B12 can be significantly reduced for some types of weight loss surgery, therefore you may require vitamin B12 supplementation in the form of tablets or injections.
· Surgery can also result in lower iron levels in the blood, supplemental iron may be recommended to prevent a deficiency and the development of anaemia.
· Protein deficiency following gastric bypass surgery can be common and can lead to health issues including delayed healing and protein malnutrition. Protein requirements for gastric patients range from 60 to 80 grams per day for women and 70 to 90 grams per day for men.
· It is vital for your long-term health to understand that, your risk of developing various vitamin deficiency related problems will never completely go away. So be diligent in developing new dietary habits and enjoy your new life.
Calcium is used in the body for bone health, regulation of heart rate, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Calcium is also important for maintaining blood pressure and some aspects of immunity. Vitamin D allows your body to absorb calcium effectively. Without it, your bones can become brittle and weak. Following weight loss surgery absorption of calcium and vitamin D will be reduced therefore supplementation is essential for you.
Forceval is the only formulary multivitamin preparation which is suitable for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. It is considered a complete" vitamin and mineral supplement recommended by British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) containing optimum amounts of iron, selenium, copper and zinc. The recommended dose is one tablet or capsule to be taken daily.
Forceval is the only formulary multivitamin preparation which is suitable for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. It is considered a complete" vitamin and mineral supplement recommended by British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) containing optimum amounts of iron, selenium, copper and zinc. The recommended dose is one tablet or capsule to be taken daily. Forceval Soluble Tablet is suitable for patients that prefer to take a liquid supplement rather than swallow capsules.
The main function of iron is to transport and store oxygen. It is important for growth and development as well as metabolism, detoxification and wound healing.
Following weight loss surgery, the decrease in stomach acid limits conversion of dietary iron (from meat, beans, nuts and greens) to the absorbable form of iron and ferric iron.
Additionally, iron is absorbed in the part of the intestines, the duodenum, which is bypassed during some types of surgery reducing absorption further. Patients should take adequate iron supplementation following surgery.
Galfer syrup is appropriate for patients that prefer take a syrup rather than a tablet. The main function of iron is to transport and store oxygen. It is important for growth and development as well as metabolism, detoxification and wound healing.
Protein deficiency can occur for a number of reasons including poor dietary choice following surgery, an overtight gastric band or protein malabsorption due to type of surgery. It may present several years following surgery. Protein supplementation should be incorporated into your diet. Fortisip Protein Energy is a high protein drink, rich in vitamins and trace elements, lactose and gluten free. It is ready to use in a convenient 200ml bottle available in five flavours: wild strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, tropical fruits and cappuccino.
If you are having surgery with us, it is likely that incisions will be made to the skin, the size and location will depend on the type of surgery you are having. You may be considering scar treatment options as part of your long-term scar management plan, options can be discussed with your surgeon and patient advisor.
When skin is wounded due to surgery or other trauma, scar tissue develops as part of the body’s natural healing process. The formation of scar tissue is a complex process, which begins when the dermis (the middle layer of skin) is torn due to the injury.
Monitoring your scar will help you to track its progress and catch any problems early, but you need to avoid touching the area unnecessarily. Do what you need to keep the area clean and dry, but make sure you clean your hands before applying any creams or gels that you have been advised to use. Never pick scabs, as this prolongs the healing process and increases the risk of infection. Every scar is different so make sure you follow the specific advice given by your surgeon.
Dermatix gel is easily applied to most areas of the body, including the face, joints and other parts of the skin. It is clinically tested and proven to soften, flatten and smooth scars, and relieve the itching and discomfort associated with them. The gel is quick drying, convenient and easy to use as well as being transparent and discrete.
Dermatix silicone sheet fabric is thin, self-adhesive and fabric backed. It is lined on one side with silicone, which sticks to the skin reducing and preventing scars. The other side is lined with silky-smooth fabric, which makes it comfortable and convenient to use under clothing. It can also be washed with mild soap and water as it is completely reusable and easy to care for.
Kelocote has been clinically proven to help reduce the redness, hardness, elevation, itch and pain associated with scars, as well as preventing scars from forming. This patented silicone gel is safe and effective for scars resulting from surgery, trauma, wounds, or burns. Kelocote is used for the prevention and management of excessive and abnormal scar formation.
SilDerm Scar Spray contains 100% silicone which has been proven in clinical trials to reduce the redness and decrease the size of scars. It can be used on large scars such as those caused from burns or major trauma also on joints, flexures and hairy areas. It is used for the treatment and prevention of red raised scars and is particularly useful for old and new widespread scars, including burn scars.
All of our products can be ordered by enquiring below or by placing an order with your weight loss advisor. Your advisor will ensure the products are ready for you to take home when you leave the hospital following your procedure or sent to your home address. If you need to place an order for additional products, please contact your weight loss advisor.
Monitoring your scar will help you to track its progress and assist in early identification of issues. Avoid touching the area unnecessarily, keep the area clean and dry and ensure you wash your hands before applying any creams or gels that have been recommended. Picking scabs may prolong the healing process and increase the risk of infection. Scars can vary depending on size and location, following your surgeon’s advice is critical to the scar outcome.
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