The benefits of Intravenous micronutrient therapy for bypass patients.
Bariatric surgery is the only long-term successful surgery treatment for morbid obesity. Outcomes of gastric bariactric surgeries (sleeve and bypass) assure complications rates of less than one percent, and excess weight loss at 69 to 76 percent excess weight loss (EWL).
Too good to be true… yes and no! Whilst, there is overall success, long-term complication rates can be quite high, frequently missed and go undiagnosed.
Long-term complications following bariatric surgery is often related to nutritional deficiencies that mostly occur from malabsorption due to bypassing segments of the gastrointestinal tract, where the various nutrients would have traditionally been absorbed.
Common deficiencies seen include inadequacies in cobalamin (B12), thiamine, folate, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, calcium, vitamin D, and protein. As with most nutritional deficiencies, complications often develop, including generalised weakness, alopecia, psychiatric disorders, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, irritability, osteoporosis, Wernicke encephalopathy, iron-deficient and megaloblastic anemias, cardiomegaly, and peripheral neuropathy.
Bariatric surgeons are aware of these deficiencies, and most patients are placed on oral supplementation immediately after surgery. However, the oral absorption of nutrients is altered considerably after bariatric surgery. Patients are required to take oral supplementation for the rest of their lives but often do not adhere to such recommendations.
Currently, there are no accepted universal guidelines for supplementation or patient monitoring after bariatric surgery. As such, nutritional deficiencies often go undiagnosed and untreated. One study found that three years after bypass surgery, even with supplementation, as many as 50 percent of patients had iron deficiency and nearly 30 percent had cobalamin deficiency.However, increasing acknowledgement of nutritional complications, combined with ongoing research, acknowledge the use of Intravenous (IV) micronutrient therapy (IMNT) as a safe, feasible, reliable, and relatively inexpensive supplementation regime for nutrient deficiencies.
At the Dripclub bariatric patients are often referred to us to seek these IV nutrient treatments post – surgically. The administration of nutrients IV ensures that 100% bioavailable nutrients directly into the circulation and are absorbed by the body. This is the magic of IV nutrients, they eliminate the guesswork of absorbability issues that are common with oral nutrient supplementation.
The origin of Intravenous micronutrient therapy management was from cancer-related issues and fibromyalgia, however is now being considered as a preventative measure and therapeutic option for bariatric patients. Recommended doses of magnesium, calcium, cobalamin, thiamine, iron, and vitamin C on a bi-weekly or monthly basis might serve as an adjunct therapy to a daily oral supplementation regimen. Specific IV infusions for documented deficiencies are also well tolerated and more effective than oral supplementation because of superior absorption via the IV route.
“The use of Intravenous micronutrient therapy as a prophylactic and therapeutic management tool to prevent and treat these deficiencies should be considered for this patient population.”
At The Dripclub our injectable nutrients can support daily energy, enhance immunity, help to detoxify your body and more. We provide functional testing and can assess your optimum nutritional balance.