Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. It is commonly known to help maintain bone health by increasing Calcium and other mineral intestinal absorption, but there are some lesser known functions that are getting a lot of research interest. This includes maintaining a healthy immune function and preventing heart disease.More
You might have noticed that Dr. Fowler now monitors a new yearly lab value, called Parathyroid Hormone or PTH. This hormone is produced by your Parathyroid Glands in your neck. The glands help regulate the Calcium and Phosphorous levels in your blood. When your calcium level gets low, the glands secrete PTH. PTH acts on your bones to release calcium and increase gut absorption to maintain proper blood levels.More
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.More
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.More
Dr. Steven Fowler with Aloha Surgery has done over 1100 bariatric cases at Castle Medical Center since 2006. He has performed the most cases in the state. In addition, the program has been designated a Center of Excellence, and now MBSAQIP by the American College of Surgeons. The program submits its outcomes to a national database to ensure we reach safety and performance standards. This transparency in outcomes is a unique component of our program.
Over the last couple years we have had a handful of reviews on Yelp from our post-bariatric patients. We would LOVE to hear more from our bariatric patients! We are offering a Yelp special right now to all of our patients – review us on Yelp and receive a FREE BOTTLE OF VITAMIN OF YOUR CHOICE!More