Long-term follow-up after weight-loss surgery finds high rate of anemia

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Long-term follow-up after weight-loss surgery finds a high rate of anaemia 10 years after RYGB, the anemia rate in the group without bariatric specialist follow-up increased to 57 per cent, from 22 per cent before surgery. The average rate of preoperative anaemia was 20 per cent; the rate increased 10 years after RYGB to 47 per cent. At 10 years after RYGB, the anaemia rate in the group without bariatric specialist follow-up increased to 57 per cent, from 22 per cent before surgery. The rate of anaemia in the group with bariatric specialist follow-up did not increase significantly after 10 years (19 per cent vs 13 per cent). Compared with patients with bariatric specialist follow-up, patients without bariatric specialist follow-up had significantly higher odds of anaemia at 10 years after adjusting for preoperative anaemia “Our study suggests that follow-up with bariatric specialists more than 5 years after surgery, rather than with specialists with no bariatric expertise, can decrease long-term anaemia risk. This finding may demonstrate the bariatric specialist’s specific understanding of the long-term risk for nutritional deficiency after RYGB and the importance of vitamin and mineral supplementation, ” the authors write. See all stories on this topic Read more…
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