Lack of energy after gastric bypass surgery

by Deena
(Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA)

I had gastric bypass surgery, and not I sometimes lack energy. Do you have any suggestions for this?

How about electrolyte supplementation?

Thanks for your help!

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Jul 25, 2011
I Had Lap band but ...
by: Mindy

I have known several people who had gastric bypass and know that they have to take several dietary supplements specifically formulated for weight loss surgery patients. Are you taking supplements?
If not, you might want to talk to your doc.

Since you are not getting what you normally would from your food intake, you may have to take some more supplements to get your energy back.

How long has it been since your surgery? Your energy level can take as long as 2 months to recovery after just the surgery.

Hope that helps, and good luck !

Aug 03, 2011
Increase your supplements
by: Lisa Nelson

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2000. I would recommend increasing your bariatric supplements.

Most surgeons advise very simple supplement requirements, but there are many studies documenting problems with nutrient deficiency in gastric bypass patients including increase in bone fractures, peripheral neuropathy and I believe addiction transfer.

One of the things that really helped me rebuild my nutrient reserves was finding a doctor that administers something called a Myers Cocktail. It is a nutrient cocktail administered via IV drip or push. It has been used for cancer patients and fibromyalgia patients, but it was worked very well for me. You no longer have to worry about your lack of absorption with this treatment so you no they are getting into your system.

Nov 11, 2013
Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California
by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Deena,

It is not uncommon for it to take 2-3 weeks to feel like you turn the corner after bariatric surgery.

Once in a while it can take longer, but that would be a little unusual.

If lacking energy, make sure you are getting at least 80 grams of protein/day. Take all the supplements your surgeon has recommended. And add some daily exercise.

If you are doing all these, and still tired, see your surgeon. Likely, he/she will send you for labs including vitamin levels too.

Hang in there, sometimes it just takes time, but make sure you follow up with your surgeon....always if things are not going right.

Take care and good luck,

Troy LaMar MD
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