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Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 8/18/22 7:11 am
Topic: Wade's Testimonial | Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Endobariatric | Dr. Alvarez

Good Morning!

My patient Wade came back to Endohospital for a visit, and he decided to share his story with us.

Watch the testimonial here:

Dr. Alvarez

(deactivated member)
on 8/17/22 8:04 am
Mini Gastric Bypass on 11/11/11
Topic: RE: Iron supplements

this is really an article I am looking for right now I have been looking for this information for a long time, thanks for sharing it

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 8/16/22 7:56 am
Topic: Welcome to Endohospital!

Good Morning!

For those of you wanting to know more about Endohospital, we made a playlist on our Youtube Channel where you can see all the different areas of the hospital.

Check it out here: 1djHJK_br0Kl

More to come later!

Dr. Alvarez

Member Services
on 8/11/22 6:11 pm, edited 8/11/22 6:16 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: Scholarship Tickets Available for OH2022 National Conference

Every year our Platinum and Gold Sponsors provide scholarship tickets for the OH National Conference.

The conference is in Costa Mesa, CA this year, and thanks to Premier Protein, PatchMD, and VIDA Wellness & Beauty, for their support of the bariatric community and for providing these scholarship tickets.

Sign up if you would like to be considered for a Scholarship Ticket to OH2022. The scholarship ticket covers the entrance to the full two-day conference, including all sessions and social events on 9/30 and 10/1, plus includes a weight loss-friendly lunch for that Saturday. The ticket does not cover hotel accommodations, parking fees, food, or travel expenses.

Tickets awarded have no value and cannot be sold or given to another person.

on 8/9/22 8:28 am
Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 8/9/22 7:44 am
Topic: The #AskDrA Show | Episode 196 | Colonoscopy, Intrauterine Devices & Tummy Tuck Before VSG

Good Morning!
Don't forget to check out the new episode of the #AskDrA Show.

You can watch it here:

Dr. Alvarez

on 8/8/22 10:37 am - Putnam, CT
Revision on 02/04/15
Topic: RE: Iron supplements

Proferrin ES is what a lot of WLS folks use. A bit pricey, but seems to work well.

Dr. Sanchez Lapband 9/12/2003
hw305/revision w280/cw197/gw150

Revision from Lap Band to Bypass on 2/4/2015 by Dr. Pohl


Member Services
on 8/6/22 7:00 pm, edited 8/11/22 6:06 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: OH2022 National Conference Fashion Show - model submission open

Are you joining us at our National Conference this fall?

Come walk the runway! The Fashion Show Sign-Ups are now open for the ObesityHelp National Conference to be held on Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st, 2022 in beautiful Costa Mesa, California. The OH2022 Fashion Show/After Party is sponsored by Platinum Sponsor, Premier Protein. There is still time to get a ticket if you have not. You can learn more about the OH2022 National Conference

on 8/6/22 7:48 am - CA
Topic: RE: Iron supplements

Your hematologist may be thinking in terms that WLS=RNY as that used to be the most common type, and that one is hard on iron (and all mineral) absorption, but like many things, that doesn't apply to the sleeve, or at least not to the same degree. But it is common for those outside the bariatric world, including other MDs, to paint with a broad brush, and treat all WLS patients as if they have an RNY. There is a notion out there that owing to the more rapid transit times through our smaller stomach that iron absorption may not be as good as a normal person, but I haven't seen anything scientific on that.

Oral Iron supplements do tend to be constipating, which limits the amount that one can tolerate. The best that I have found for when I need them (I don't ordinarily) is iron bisglycinate which is a chelated form sold by Solgar under the "gentle iron" branding. Vitamin Shoppe or Amazon are common sources for it. When I was very low a few years ago after a bleed, I was on a double dose for several months to bring things back into their normal range without any infusions (with my VSG) or notable ill effects.

It is worth a try to see if that will do for you - it may not as your anemia may just be you, independent of your VSG - my wife is chronically low on potassium, which has nothing to do with her DS, she was that way before it as well.

1st support group/seminar - 8/03 (has it been that long?)  

Wife's DS - 5/05 w Dr. Robert Rabkin   VSG on 5/9/11 by Dr. John Rabkin


on 8/6/22 7:29 am
Topic: RE: Iron supplements

Adding i think it was floradix brand not sure thou been a while