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FitForMe Live webinar: Preventing Deficiencies after a Sleeve Gastrectomy

“In the first year after a Sleeve Gastrectomy, 75% of all patients develop one or more deficiencies. This shows that taking no food supplements, is definitely not an option. We need to instruct our patients to take their multivitamins.”

This is one of the conclusions Laura Heusschen drew during a webinar where she, together with Dr. Edo Aarts and Marieke Smelt, presented the results of new research into deficiency prevention after a Sleeve Gastrectomy.

High deficiency prevalence after a Sleeve Gastrectomy

54% of all bariatric procedures being a Sleeve Gastrectomy in 2018, it is currently the most performed bariatric surgery type worldwide. Some think that there is little risk of developing nutritional deficiencies after this procedure. However, as Laura Heusschen, researcher at Rijnstate Hospital in the Netherlands, found during a 12-month RCT on the effectiveness of WLS Optimum, deficiencies often occur after a Sleeve Gastrectomy, especially for iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

 

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Gastric Sleeve patients benefit from specialized supplements

Smelt et al. found higher mean serum concentrations of ferritin, folic acid, vitamin B1 and vitamin D and less deficiencies in vitamin B12, ferritin, folic acid and vitamin B1 in Gastric Sleeve patients using WLS Optimum 1.0, compared to patients using standard food supplements. However, anemia was diagnosed more often in WLS Optimum users.

Deficiencies after a Gastric Sleeve

Heusschen et al. found a relatively high deficiency prevalence for Gastric Sleeve patients, regardless of which type of food supplement was used. Usage of WLS Optimum resulted in higher serum values for folic acid and vitamin B1, compared to patients using a standard food supplement.