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I am seeing a primary care doctor, usually every 3 to 4 months. he is the doctor that orders my blood work.

can you tell me what blood work he should be ordering? I am not seeing the surgeon that did my bypass due to insurance

reasons. is there anything special he should order? other test?


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Dear Bigfuzzy,

Contact your surgeon's office and ask the office to send you a list of the blood tests that he or she recommends.

I can't comment on your particular medical situation or give you personal recommendations. 

The routine blood work that we generally recommend for patients every 6 months is as follows:
-CBC, Chemistry panel
-Iron, TIBC
-Vitamins A, B1, B12, D
-Whole molecule parathyroid hormone
-Bone density studies on selected patients

Many PCPs will also get a lipid panel and HgA1C when appropriate.

It's very important to remember that each patient is different. So we tailor our recommendations accordingly.

The attached guidelines are provided by our surgical society, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Obesity Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Feel free to download the file, print it, and share it with our doctor. Follow up recommendations start on p. 177, R42.

I hope you and your doctor find this material useful.

Dr. Callery


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