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Update on Iron

Update on Iron

Iron deficiency is extremely common. In the preoperative bariatric patient population, the incidence of anemia has been reported to be approximately 21% and Iron deficiency at 20%. These numbers are likely to be higher in the postoperative bariatric patient population. The risk of anemia is increased for female patients, and individuals who have had more rapid and significant weight loss.

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Multivitamin Levels After Bariatric Surgery: Calcium

Multivitamin Levels After Bariatric Surgery: Calcium

Why is Calcium important after Bariatric Surgery? Your absorption of Calcium is compromised after a Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy There is no exact percentage of how much one’s uptake is compromised, but there are guidelines as to the amount of extra Calcium we should take to maintain adequate stores. This number has increased over the last couple years, with the current consensus recommending 1500 mg of Calcium per day.

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Introducing the Gastric Balloon

Introducing the Gastric Balloon

Dr. Steven Fowler has been the first and only program in the state of Hawaii to provide the Gastric Balloon. The first case was on March 25, 2016.

This new tool for weight loss is a temporary implanted gastric balloon. The Balloon is placed in the stomach via an endoscope procedure which takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. The Gastric Balloon is left in place for 6 months, then removed by a second endoscopic procedure. This is a temporary device that does not require surgery only mild sedation.

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Half of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed

Half of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed

From a recent article in BariatricNews.net High Rate of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed, more than half of Asian Americans and nearly half of Hispanic Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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