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Do I have to take vitamins after gastric bypass surgery?

After gastric bypass, your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals is altered. Also your food portions are limited and may not provide adequate amounts of vital nutrients. Taking a multivitamin, as recommended by your physician, can help to meet vitamin and mineral needs while your body adjusts to a new way of eating and taking in nutrients. 
Yes, due to the associated malabsorption that is expected after gastric bypass surgery, all patients should have supplemental vitamins and minerals. The most common supplementation includes a multivitamin, iron, calcium, Vitamin B12 and often Vitamin D. Annual visits with your bariatric surgery office should be scheduled to ensure that the appropriate levels are being maintained after bariatric surgery

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