Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia POST OP

LngRedRose
on 5/16/12 2:16 am

So I went to my internist for a check up and found that I have dangerously low vitamin B12 deficiency and I am anemic.    Did some research this morning and here is what I found.  Just a heads up for folks that have had VSG.  I am taking a B12 injection every day for three weeks, three times per week for 2 weeks and then once a week for three more weeks.    That is a lot of injections....

What is vitamin B12 deficiency anemia?

You have had surgery to remove part of the stomach or the last part of your small intestine, called the ileum camera. This includes some types of surgery used to help very overweight people lose weight.

 

 

Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)
Louisiana 

TRISH S.
on 5/16/12 2:26 am
VSG on 07/03/12
I was told you needed to do vitamin b after surgery by injection,sublingal, or nasal spray.
LngRedRose
on 5/16/12 2:32 am
Wasn't told that but it totally makes sense.  Thanks for sharing.. I will definitely add it to my vitamin regimen. 

 

Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)
Louisiana 

Kelly E.
on 5/16/12 1:11 pm - Staten Island, NY
VSG on 05/07/12
 Yes. We must supplement B12. The part of the stomach removed makes intrinsic factor which allows are body to absorb B12. We mus supplement. Pills not enough. Nasal spray, a shot once per month or sublingual are the options. 

 
 Start wt 278. Ht 5'7"  lowest 198. Band slipped March 2012, VSG may 7th. 
SW 225. CW 201
 


 


 

 
 

 

                  
LngRedRose
on 5/17/12 12:53 am
Would have been really nice if someone had thought to tell me this information.  Like maybe... FOUR years ago!?

 

Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)
Louisiana 

jacreasy
on 5/16/12 2:40 am
VSG on 04/23/12
Have you been taking a Vit B Pill since surgery?  

                                      

(VSG)  HW, 346 SW, 341 CW 176.2 GW, 165  kiss

LngRedRose
on 5/17/12 12:53 am
Nope... not even ONE! :((  Wasn't told that I needed it. 

 

Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)
Louisiana 

Krazydoglady
on 5/16/12 2:53 am - FL
I do a B12 shot every month. B12 is a necessary supplement post-op.  You can also do sublingual B12.  My surgeon's office requires it, and it was part of our pre and post-op education program.

Carolyn  (32 lbs lost Pre-op) HW: 291, SW: 259, GW: 129.5, CW: 126.4 

        
Age: 45, Height: 5'2 1/4"  , Stretch Goal:  122   

 

LngRedRose
on 5/17/12 12:54 am
Not to mention that it HELPS with weight loss if you have a B12 deficiency.  Wow.  The more I read... the more upset I am.

 

Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)
Louisiana 

happiegirl
on 5/16/12 3:09 am - Albuquerque, NM
VSG on 04/24/12
I too have been taking it since surgery.  Your stomach separates the B-12 from the protein you eat (Thanks Dr. Oz).  So it makes sense that with a tiny stomach you wouldn't be able to do that as effectively anymore.  I would be really mad at my Dr.  B-12 deficiencies are dangerous.  You know like long term neurological effects?  That's some BS.

HW: 351 Pre-op: 272  Current: 140.7 Goal:160      M1:14 M2:14  M3:11  M4:10 M5:10  M6:12  M7:8  M8:6 M9: 6 M10:7 M11: 6 M12: 4 M13: 5 M14:7 M15: 4 M16: 3 M17: 1   M18: 4

 
"Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it." - Gandhi
 

    

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