IV Therapy for Post-Bariatric Surgery
One of the best long-term treatments for severe obesity is bariatric surgery. Surgeons perform over 196,000 bariatric procedures in the United States each year. Nevertheless, despite their effectiveness, these procedures have complications that go untreated all too often.
A common complication of bariatric surgery is malnutrition, which impairs post-operative healing and carries long-term health consequences. Following surgery, patients may require IV therapy to fully heal or maintain necessary nutrient levels in the body.
What You Need to Know About Bariatric Surgery
The most frequent types of bariatric surgery include adjustable gastric bands, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversions. Although they are efficient for long-term weight loss, they’re also quite invasive to the body’s natural processes. Many patients complain about hormonal imbalances, post-surgical problems, dehydration, and vitamin & mineral deficiencies.
After these procedures, most people frequently require supplemental feeding. They’re often required to follow strict dietary and restrictive lifestyle guidelines and rely on mineral and vitamin supplements.
IV Therapy Before Surgery
Most Americans have diets that are high in calories but low in critical nutrients. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is notoriously low in vegetable and fruit consumption, both of which are foods that are packed with high levels of vitamins and minerals. American meals, which are usually high in processed, nutrient-deficient foods, lead to these micronutrient deficiencies, resulting in a lack of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These elements are especially critical for bariatric patients before and during surgery, as well as post-surgery when the healing process is so crucial.
Perioperative IV supplements can improve your surgical outcome by influencing four key mechanisms: reducing oxidation caused by anesthetic and surgical agents, improving your immune response, reducing swelling, bruising, & inflammation, and promoting wound healing.
Perioperative IV supplementation is vital since it has been shown that during surgery, tissue and blood nutrient levels decline as your body’s need for them rises. What are you frequently advised to do before the surgery? Your doctor or surgeon recommends that you don’t eat for up to eight hours prior to surgery (this is done for several reasons), however, fasting depletes nutrients in an already nutrient-deficient body and brain.
Furthermore, you are instructed to discontinue all supplements and vitamins two weeks before the surgery. While this helps in preventing bleeding, it depletes your body of vital micronutrients that help the body run like a well-oiled machine. Yes, you should avoid certain nutrients before surgery since they can increase your risk for bleeding, but there are still many others that are necessary not only for healing, but they help the heart to beat, the muscles to contract & relax, and so much more!
The solution to appropriate perioperative nutrition is pre-operative IV nutrition, which can reduce bruising, inflammation, swelling, discomfort, scarring, and infection rates. It will also have a substantial impact on your recovery and healing time.
IV Therapy Following Bariatric Surgery
If you’ve recently had bariatric surgery, the treatment will almost certainly have changed the way your intestines and stomach absorb nutrients. To compensate for the ensuing nutrient malabsorption, you need nutrient supplementation. Oral supplements may be advantageous; however, many people may not absorb oral supplements adequately, or they may prefer not to take oral supplements on a regular basis.
IV supplementation is effective because the nutrients are delivered directly into your bloodstream. It bypasses any potential absorption challenges because of stomach and bowel issues. Whether you’re looking to have bariatric surgery or have already had it, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting enough nourishment. Hydration is another huge component of some bariatric procedures. When your stomach has been reduced significantly in size, it’s almost impossible to drink the proper amount of fluids in order to stay hydrated. IV therapy can provide you with a quick, effective, & lasting boost to your body.
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