Posted by Sharon Snyder
on November 14, 2000 at 11:58:48:
In Reply to: Gastric Bypass and Anemia posted by Denise White on February 05, 2000 at 01:13:40:
: I had a gastric bypass 15 years ago and have now developed severe anemia. I am currently being treated by iron infusions. I am slowly getting better but was wondering if I can be treated in the future with supplements instead of the infusions. Has anyone had this same problem?
Hi. I had gastric bypass (biliopancreatic diversion, or BPD) 9.5 years ago and determined last April that I had become severely anemic (hemoglobin 7.6). I had a series of five iron infusions (iron dextran 500 mg iron each, I think).
I now take oral supplements (either Hemagenics by Metagenics or Nu-Iron, which is by prescription). As of August, my hemoglobin was 12.0. I feel GREAT. My doctor thinks we can keep my levels in the normal range by my taking oral supplements (both of those I mentioned are supposedly well absorbed by malabsorbers). We'll also keep testing my iron levels every six months for awhile to make sure I am actually absorbring them well.
Believe me I'd have NO hesitation to get an infusion again-- they made a world of difference and I'm thrilled now by how I feel.
Incidentally, have you had your levels relating to calcium absorption checked? The bypass operations generally bypass all (or nearly all) of the duodenum, which is the primary site of iron, zinc, and calcium absorption. You will want to make sure your bones have the appropriate density.