User Experience: Labs After Weight Loss Surgery

At WellnessFX, the hard work we put into changing lives through empowering people with their health data is already pretty rewarding – and it’s even more inspiring when we get to hear feedback from members, wherever they are in their health journey. This week, we discovered one user’s experience via the blog of Michelle, aka “Shelly.”

Shelly is a woman who struggled with obesity until she researched and then underwent bariatric (weight loss) surgery in June, 2006, via a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. (Bariatric surgery is primarily offered as one of four different procedures. A Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is where the stomach is reduced to a small pouch and part of the small intestine is bypassed).

Credit: Flickr Commons, Inspiredhomefitness

Credit: Flickr Commons, Inspiredhomefitness

Bariatric surgery – like any major surgery – has advantages and disadvantages. Despite the risks of surgery, most patients experience significant improvements in health and quality of life.  There is, however, a significant risk that extends beyond the operating table: nutritional deficiencies. For bariatric surgery patients, understanding their biochemistry and how the procedure affects their nutrient levels is integral to their long-term health and success. While nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements are the daily keys to the patient’s longevity and quality of life, it’s important to follow labs to make sure they are staying as healthy as possible.

Flash forward to today: Shelly was recently given an opportunity to test out WellnessFX, via part of a group of post-op bariatric patients testing WellnessFX for Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2014.

In her recent blog post, Shelly details her WellnessFX experience – the process from the first lab work order, to getting blood drawn (complete with pictures!), through a short wait for the results, and beyond:

“In 3-10 days your results are ready for you online. You can print them out, have them faxed to your Dr. or purchase a phone consultation with one of the WellnessFX health practitioners. The user-friendly website allows you to easily see the areas you are excelling in, as well as areas that may need more attention. You can click on each lab result to understand more about what the result means.

It puts the power in your hands to identify and hopefully reverse potential health risks long before symptoms appear. You are also sure to get the right labs done. These are a package of lab tests specifically for bariatric patients. Many post-ops get labs done but if their Primary Care Provider orders the typical lab panel for them they are missing many important areas that we often fall short in post weight loss surgery. You will be a more informed patient and an advocate for your health. A very good thing!”

If you’re curious about how the rest of her experience went and the insights she learned, visit her full post on her blog, “The World According to Eggface.” To learn more about life after weight loss surgery, we recommend this recent blog post – please share with someone you know that has been affected by obesity and has undergone weight loss surgery to improve their health and quality of life. Since her surgery in June 2006, Shelly has achieved a 158 pound weight loss, resolved all of her co-morbidities, and is off all 8 medications she was on prior to surgery.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.