Weight Loss Surgery And Vitamin Deficiencies

Published:December 18th, 2010

Weight loss surgery may lead to memory loss and confusion, inability to coordinate movement and other problems. The syndrome is called Wernicke encephalopathy and it affects the brain and our nervous system when we suffer from Vitamin B1 deficiency. This syndrome occurs more frequently in people who vomit frequently after surgery.

Biliopancreatic diversion surgery which is a procedure used in cases of morbid obesity can cause multiple vitamin deficiencies. Weight reduction surgery is becoming more and more common.

However, some forms of such surgery can cause vitamin deficiency, and may even cause birth defects in children born even years after their mother had this type of surgery. Any woman who had gastric bypass surgery should be checked for vitamin deficiency and correct it before considering having babies.

Weight loss surgery can be linked to deficiencies in calcium and bone loss as well. Deficiencies of calcium and vitamin D absorption can occur after gastric bypass surgery. The calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies are due to alterations in the gastrointestinal tract during such procedures. In fact, any person that loses a significant amount of weight can overlook changes that are taking place in their bones. Calorie restricted diets and the resulting weight loss may also cause bones to be remodeled, old bones are breaking down and new bone is forming at an accelerated rate.

Bone density is decreasing, so fragility of the bones should be taken into account even during weight maintenance following moderate weight loss. Bone strength adapts to match skeletal load, so body weight is one of the strongest predictors of bone mass.


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