With the introduction of LVMC’s new Bariatric (weight loss) Surgical Program, a host of multivitamin supplements are now available for purchase at the hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary Gift Shop.

The Lompoc Hospital Women’s Auxiliary gift shop is located inside the acute hospital, between the main lobby entrance and the Ocean’s Seven Café.

Patients who have completed weight loss surgery will take special multivitamins for life.

What is available?

  • Celebrate Multivitamin Soft Chews: Soft, chewy consistency. Available in 2 flavors: Orange & Grape.
  • Celebrate Essential Multi 3 in 1 Drink Mix: Includes multivitamin, calcium, and fiber. Mix powder with water to enjoy a nutrient packed beverage.
  • Opurity Bypass & Sleeve Optimized Multivitamin Multi-mineral Supplement: Chewable multivitamin supplement. Only 1 tablet per day is needed to obtain all recommended nutrients within a multivitamin

The vitamins offered for sale are optimized for weight loss surgery patients. Only bariatric multivitamin options are offered. Other supplements used by bariatric patients, such as iron, calcium, B12 and more, can be purchased at many local stores. 

Why are they needed?

These supplements help prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies that commonly occur after weight loss surgery. Following the physical alteration of the gastrointestinal tract, vitamin deficiencies are common due to decreased food intake as well as reduced absorption capacity. It is important to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as they can cause bone disease, neurological conditions, anemia, hair loss, and more.

If you are a post-bariatric surgical patient, and have questions about the use of supplements, please call LVMC Registered Dietitian Hayley Esdaile at (805) 737-5788.

About the Author

Author: Nora Wallace, Public Relations

Nora Wallace was hired as LVMC’s Public Relations Coordinator in October 2014. She previously was employed as a newspaper reporter for 25 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press, primarily covering North County news. At LVMC, Nora is also responsible for the management of the Blue Coat hospital volunteers. She is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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