LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES OF BARIATRIC SURGERY ARE CONCERNS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Gastric bypass surgery and it's more severe cousin, duodenal switch, result in long term nutritional compromise that needs to be thought about, a recent study in Annals of Internal Medicine underscored. Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says although the duodenal switch is more problematic, both types of surgery have long term consequences.
BELLANTONI: My concern is the compromise in their long term nutrition in particular in my area of bone health. Vitamin D deficiency and ability to get the bone nutrients calcium and magnesium have been very challenging after this type of surgery its required the rest of one's life. Certainly as the weight is lost and one appears very robust it's easy to forget that there's now a long term preventive strategy that we need to prevent vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis because of inadequate calcium and magnesium and vitamin D. :31
At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.