Bariatric Vitamin & Mineral Supplements
The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recommends that all weight loss surgery patients take a bariatric formulated multivitamin daily.
Remember: All supplements and medications must be chewable or liquid until 30 days post-op.
B-Complex (Start the day you return home from surgery)
A chewable or liquid form B-complex vitamin is recommended for the first month after surgery, but is optional thereafter.
If not purchased through the Envision Nutricenter, please ensure your B-Complex contains at least 12 mg of thiamin (vitamin B1).
Multivitamin (Start 4 weeks after surgery when you begin soft foods)
We recommend a bariatric formulated multivitamin that contains iron. The multivitamin should be taken without food for increased absorption.
Calcium (Start 4 weeks after surgery when you begin soft foods)
Calcium should be chewable. Take at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after the multivitamin and iron. Calcium supplements should be spaced throughout the day for increased absorption.
Additional iron may be recommended for menstruating women and patients who have a history of iron deficiency anemia. Consult your registered dietitian or bariatric surgeon for more information.
Please speak with your surgeon about returning to other pre-operative supplements following surgery. If you have questions or concerns regarding vitamin and mineral supplementation, please speak with one of our registered dietitians or your bariatric surgeon.