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I was told I would have to stop taking Vitamins a few weeks before surgery. But, why would you want to take them? The only reason to take bariatric vitamins is because you can't absorb vitamins due to a malabsorptive procedure or you can't eat enough of a variety of foods due to a restrictive procedure. otherwise, mostly vitamins just aren't necessary

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I was also told to stop taking Vitamins a certain amount of weeks before surgery. But in reality taking bariatric vitamins before surgery is a waste. You will literally just pee most of it out. The body can only absorb so much and the rest goes out in pee.

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I started taking mine about 3 months before surgery to make it a habit. I am really terrible with meds/vitamins, and I knew it would be necessary post-op (per my surgeon's requirements), so I wanted to make it part of my routine well in advance. That being said, there really is no nutritional/health benefits to it, unless you have a known deficiency. I was instructed to stop taking mine for the 2 weeks prior to surgery, which is very common.

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After surgery only too. (But I didn’t take them before anyway.) Think it’s so they get an accurate blood test reading to compare with post surgery tests. Plus supplements might hide any absorption issues you may have or Vitamins, minerals, etc. you are naturally lacking. This test should help inform the breadth of vitamins you may need after surgery too. My Iron levels were great before surgery & continued to be good after so I didn’t need to take an additional iron supplement.

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