Protein Supplementation*

Occasionally patients who undergo a bariatric operation will develop some element of protein deficiency after the surgery. The degree of protein deficiency is closely related to the rate of weight loss. Because of this a patient who has a Gastric Bypass is more likely to have some protein deficiency than a patient who has had the Gastric Sleeve operation. Protein deficiency is rare after Gastric Banding. Of course, a mechanical complication of an operation – such as partial obstruction of the gastrojejunal anastamosis from a marginal ulcer after Gastric Bypass – can also lead to protein deficiency. This is really a form of malnutrition.

We recommend that patients who have had Gastric Bypass supplement their protein intake beginning 1 week after operation, up to 6 months post-op. Supplementation is best taken as whey powder. Powder can be mixed with soft food, and later solid food. It has fewer calories than protein shakes, and contributes more to a feeling of fullness after eating. The daily amount of supplementation should be 10-15 grams, although more may be necessary if  deficiency develops despite these levels. Firm recommendations for supplementation after Gastric Sleeve do not exist, however, some supplementation is probably wise for the first 6 months. We do not recommend protein supplementation after Adjustable Gastric Banding, unless malnutrition occurs secondary to a complication.

* Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results may not be representative of the experience of others. Testimonials are voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefits in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of patient experience but the exact number of pounds lost and experience will be unique and individual to each patient.

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