Bariatric Post-Op Lab Test Panel
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Bariatric Blood Test Panel - More Information
The bariatric post-op lab test panel, also known as a bariatric blood test panel, bariatric lab test panel and post-op gastric bypass surgery lab test, checks blood test markers in people who have had a bariatric or gastric bypass surgery.
This bariatric blood test panel includes the CBC test, CMP test, ferritin test, hemoglobin A1c test, iron & TIBC test, lipid panel test, magnesium test, PTH test, phosphate test, T3 total test, T4 total test, TSH test, vitamin A test, vitamin B1 test, vitamin B9 test, vitamin B12 test, vitamin D test, vitamin E test, vitamin K test, and zinc test. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, has become popular in the past few decades. For people having significant trouble controlling their weight (i.e. obesity), bariatric surgery is an option for improving the quality of life and reducing the risk of complicating medical conditions like diabetes. Bariatric surgical procedures include the gastric band surgery and gastric bypass surgery. The gastric band surgery, also known as a LAGB, A band, or lap-band surgery, is a procedure in which a special device is wrapped around the top of the stomach to decrease food consumption. In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into multiple parts and the small intestine is redirected to connect to the different parts. The effect of a gastric bypass surgery is to reduce the volume of the stomach.
Because of the way these procedures are performed, bariatric surgery can lead to malnutrition without the proper tracking and management. There are several reasons why this might happen. First of all, during bariatric surgical procedures, parts of the gastrointestinal tract are impaired or removed, leading to decreased absorption of essential nutrients. Additionally, because the actual volume of food is smaller, the foods need to be denser in nutrients to avoid malnutrition. As a result, postoperative bariatric surgery lab testing is recommended for ongoing measurement of lab values to screen for potential issues.
Getting a bariatric blood panel near you involves a blood draw at a selected Quest Diagnostics lab. Once the blood is drawn, the bariatric lab report will typically be available relatively quickly for electronic download. Bariatric lab results will include a reference range for the lab values tested as a comparison.
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