Q: Why do I need to take vitamins for the rest of my life?

A: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can develop following any gastric bypass procedure. This is very unlikely to occur if you take supplemental Iron, Vitamin B12, Calcium and a good multivitamin.

Vitamin D is also important for people who live in areas where winters are long and sunlight scarce. In sunny areas people can go out in the sunlight during the winter time and make their own vitamin D. Your dietitian or surgeon will recommend specific amounts of these supplements. With your annual follow-up you will go for blood tests to determine if your vitamin and mineral levels stays optimal.