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Lab test done year plus after surgery - delay due to covid



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My bypass was Feb. 2019. I had labs done at 4 months and 9 months post (Dec. 2019). My surgeon is pretty lax and just mentioned having labs done annually unless there's an issue that needs closer monitoring. In Dec my Vit B was crazy high but I have read that's normal from the high dose Vitamins. He had mentioned doing labs again this summer.

I take a Pro Care Vitamin daily and now they have less Vit B (still crazy high amount) so I am curious if my numbers are closer to a normal range but I am not having any obvious issues and am religious about taking my vitamin.

So my question is do I go ahead and have labs done now since it's only been 7 months from the last labs and repeat next summer or do I wait? I really don't want to go into a lab where they have people getting tested for Covid. I don't know if I should just do it now or wait until December when it's been a full year but will still have people getting tested for Covid.

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Mmmm? You pose any interesting question. I have blood work done about every 3 months. (Just had one yesterday for my surgeon’s appointment next week.) My GP orders some when I visit her & my surgeon when I visit him. They were watching my liver function for a while so I’m not sure if that was the motivation or if it’s the usual practice. (I am fortunate that my GP & surgeon & his team work well together.)

I would have thought you would have regular tests because of your bypass & because your Vitamin B levels were so high. You can always ask your GP for a blood test if you are concerned that the time between tests is too long.

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My GP says that we probably won't need to take more than annual tests when I hit the year mark.

I don't agree with this. There is a LOT of things that can change in a year, and it is to long to go with a possible deficit. Ex, my labs where fine on newyears, but they are in crisis in march. Low b-vit, D-vit and Iron has a lot of issues following, thus I think the max time a WLS patient should go without labs are 6 months, and that is stretching it a bit.

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I had mine done every three months the first year post-op, and annually after that. Occasionally something is headed in the wrong direction, so I have to make an adjustment (add more of this or less of that to my supplementation) and then we re-run that particular test three months later to see if it's improved. I kind of wish we'd just do them every six months, but I guess the current arrangement works. I do get a little concerned something could get way out of whack if we waited a full year, though (as in if it didn't show up during my annual lab work - but then was awful a year later). So far that hasn't happened - but it does cross my mind.

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