Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Lab Work - WellnessFX

This past week I was given a great opportunity to test out WellnessFX™  (Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2014) a web-based service that offers direct-to-consumer access to advanced blood tests and online data tracking of your lab work. I was really excited to be a part of a group of post-op bariatric patients testing the service.

Here's how it works...

You visit the WellnessFX web site and choose the tests you would like to have done.
Print out a lab work order. Here's the tests that I had done...


Bring the order to your local lab (Quest, Lab Corp, depends on your state) to have your blood drawn.Yes, that's my blood.


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 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!

So how'd I do... well all was A-OK except my iron. Seems like despite my taking it and my love of lentils and spinach I am just not absorbing it. Iron-deficiency anemia is a fairly common post gastric bypass issue and if left untreated could lead to a ton of health issues and cause damage your heart, brain, and other organs in your body. I had been feeling some symptoms lately (tired, weak, heart racing) and my WellnessFX labs confirmed it. I had WellnessFX fax the results to my Dr. and I'm awaiting her word on next steps. I am thankful I am now aware and can start turning it around.

Get your labs done!

WellnessFX Bariatric Package
Blog about my experience on WellnessFX website

UPDATE: I was referred to Hematologist and received a series of iron infusions called Injectafer and all has been well for the past year with my labs. Yay!

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12 comments:

Kathleen Roberts said...

Thankfully, I began seeing a Bariatrician that has teamed up with our WLS Drs. This past yr. He has been following my levels closely. My ferritin & vitamin D are both way below therapeutic levels. Glad you got yours checked out!! My dr. is suggesting infusions!!

DrTerri said...

I like this idea because it was like moving mountains to request these labs at an odd interval for me.. Its a little pricey but the thing to remember is that if you are anemic and wait the customary year, you are going to have a hard time bringing it back up.. I like the idea of being in my hands but wish my insurance would cover every 6 months for tests if there has been a low result.

Kelly Gullekson said...

As a Medical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Professionals working in the laboratory, performing the testing you are discussing in this post), I think it's a great idea for people to take more of an interest in their bloodwork. Both what their tests are checking for and what their results mean. Great resources like www.labtestsonline.org are a great place to start if you want some more information on lab jargon, important tests to check regularly, what your results mean for you, and what questions to ask your doctor based on your lab results.

Thanks for shedding light on this important post-bariatric surgery topic!!

Mary Ann Atzrott said...

How much did this cost? Does your insurance cover it?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Mary Anne, There are 3 different draws I had the bariatric baseline it was $185. Not sure about insurance.

Ruby Baxx said...

This is a great idea and I totally agree with Dr Terri. When you are in control, more gets done. It's just how things happen. Brilliant idea for sure. Thanks for sharing Michelle. I think the price is decent too.

Paula K said...

I have the same iron issue. My doctor referred me for two iron infusions, one on a Friday and then that Monday. That was January of last year and my levels are still really good :)

Calorie Warrior said...

I recently had some blood work done by my insurance company that showed some stuff out of wack. I brought this to my doctors attention and we found out that I have very low Vitamin D.

My doctor only tested for what she believed could be wrong and Id be interested to check on my own.

Teresa Davis said...

How often should you check you levels?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Definitely ask your Dr because it may change if you have a particular health concern but generally in the first year they check a few times and then annually after that. If a deficiency is spotted they will check more till you are back in good range again.

Susan said...

I realize this is an old post but does anyone know how these type places handle insurance or do they file it at all? Thanks for any information.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Susan, This was a cash pay situation, it is not covered by insurance https://support.wellnessfx.com/hc/en-us/articles/202345256-Is-WellnessFX-Covered-by-Insurance-