Because bariatric surgery is so often a life-long commitment, life after bariatric surgery can be extremely challenging. Most patients will need to follow a strict post-op diet and a post-op exercise plan, and beyond that – some patients will need post-surgery therapists.
Dependence on Vitamins After Surgery
After bariatric surgery, patients will need to rely on vitamins and supplements. Because of the malabsorption caused by bariatric surgeries – prevalent in any gastric bypass, duodenal switch and others – patients will need to rely on whole host of supplements to keep you healthy:
- Multivitamins (chewable and liquid vitamins are preferred)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
Mental Health After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is an incredible tool to help you live a better, longer life. But one of the issues remain is the question of depression and anxiety that so often comes with obesity. If patients are depressed, will bariatric surgery help to aid their depression? New studies suggest at least initially.
The Harvard Mental Health Letter notes that mood disorders such as depression and anxiety affect many people who are eligible for bariatric surgery. The weight loss following surgery generally improves mood, at least initially. In studies, depression and anxiety scores were reduced significantly one year after surgery, but tended to be higher two and four years later. And some research has found higher-than-expected rates of suicide among surgery patients.
Interestingly, there is a heightened suicide risk after weight-loss surgery a new study finds.
More research, according to Tindle’s team, is needed to understand why bariatric surgery patients show an increased suicide risk. If there are pre-surgery characteristics connected to a higher risk, then some suicides might be prevented by more careful monitoring and treatment, the researchers say.
Patients who find themselves depressed before surgery are often advised to see therapists regularly after surgery. Surgeons often express caution when advising patients that they will be physically healthier, but their psychological health will often remain unchanged. Many patients think that after surgery they will be relieved of depression, anxiety and other issues.
Researchers were surprised that patients gave lower scores for their overall general health after their surgery than they had preoperatively, despite improvements in physical health. That could be because patients have greater expectations of their health after surgery, which requires further investigation, said Dr. Ballem. (Source)