Knoxville Bariatric Surgeon on Importance of Nutritional Supplements During Weight Loss Surgery
According to the latest study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), bariatric surgery may increase life expectancy for the morbidly obese by 89% and reduce the risk of premature death by 30 to 40% as compared to those who do not have surgery. Dr. Stephen Boyce, a bariatric surgeon in Knoxville, says that although weight loss surgery can offer the tools for effective relief of morbid obesity, patients must maintain a strict regimen of certain vitamins, minerals, and supplements to prevent nutritional deficiency.
Dr. Stephen Boyce of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, a practice focused on weight loss surgery and nutrition bariatric supplements in Knoxville, says that while weight loss procedures can dramatically improve a person’s ability to lose weight and make healthy lifestyle changes, patients need to be aware of the effects of certain procedures on their nutrition. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), life expectancy may increase by 89% for patients whom undergo bariatric surgery. The ASMBS study also shows a reduction in the risk of premature death by 30 to 40% as compared to those who do not have surgery. However, Dr. Boyce says weight loss surgery procedures also reduce the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients effectively, which can often cause deficiencies that result in poor hair, skin, and nail health. He adds that through vitamins and mineral supplements, patients are able to maintain their proper nutritional intake, preserving their well being, including hair, skin and nail health.
Because bariatric surgical procedures restrict food intake and can create malabsorption, the body cannot absorb as many nutrients through the gastrointestinal process as before. Therefore, weight loss surgery is often associated with hair loss, sagging skin, and poor nail health because of insufficient nutrient intake. Dr. Boyce says this insufficiency necessitates strict attention to dietary choices and vitamin and mineral supplementation. He says achieving safe and effective results following surgery depends on a patient’s ability to adhere to a daily regimen of nail, hair and skin vitamins and minerals. “If the patient wants to minimize their hair loss after weight loss surgery, they need to provide their body with the critical vitamins and minerals that it needs.”
Before undergoing a weight loss procedure, Dr. Boyce recommends patients find a bariatric surgical practice dedicated to providing post-surgery diet plans using a comprehensive range of nutritional vitamins, minerals, and supplements with continued nutritional education and follow up to minimize the risks of developing other serious medical complications associated with nutritional deficiency. He adds that patients should be sure to thoroughly research vitamin intake and their nutritional needs so as to achieve the safest and most effective results possible.
“It doesn’t make any sense to have weight loss surgery in order to cure diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension only to develop serious medical conditions due to nutritional deficiencies. Patients who do not take adequate supplements are at risk for anemia, paralysis, osteoporosis, and fractures, as well as hair loss, excess skin and unhealthy nails. Hair health is known to rely on adequate iron, biotin, and high levels of Vitamin B and omega fatty acids. The New Life Hair Skin and Nails pack goes beyond the ASMBS’s recommendations in these vitamins and minerals in order to ensure optimal conditions for hair, skin and nail health.”
About Stephen G. Boyce, MD
Dr. Stephen Boyce graduated from Texas A&M University, obtaining his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science, and received his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed a surgical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Boyce has completed thousands of weight loss surgical procedures over the past twenty years and has received special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is also a recipient of a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery and an Educator for Ethicon Endosurgery.
Located at 200 Ft. Sanders West Blvd MOB 1, Suite 200 in Knoxville, TN, The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery can be reached at parkwestcwlc.com, newlifebariatricsupplements.com, or facebook.com/newlifecenterbariatricsurgery.