New Alternative Introduced For Helping Weight Loss Surgery Patients Receive Necessary Vitamins and Supplements

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PatchMD partners with ObesityHelp, Inc.

The main reason that we decided five years ago to develop a topical patch was our concern for people who needed nutrition, but had trouble getting that nutrition through pills.

Approximately 2,000,000 individuals have undergone weight loss surgery so far this century, with the number growing by about 200,000 per year. Different procedure types such as the RNY gastric bypass or the gastric sleeve involve both bypassing part of the absorptive area of the stomach along with physically limiting the size of the stomach. These procedures restrict overall caloric intake, thereby increasing the required nutritional quality of the post-operative diet. Moreover, as in all surgery, quality intake of vitamins associated with tissue healing plays an important role in successful post-operative recovery.

California–based PatchMD, maker of vitamins and supplements on a topical patch, has partnered with ObesityHelp, Inc. on its nutritional product forum targeting over 700,000 members for entry into the weight loss surgery market. PatchMD has established itself as a leader in the direct-to-consumer use of topical patches for a wide range of health purposes. It has designated obesity-related-nutrition, and in particular post weight loss surgery nutrition, as a major growth area for 2015 and beyond. This decision is based on the current trend of the obesity epidemic continuing its demographic march with one-third of all Americans now considered obese.

PatchMD President and Cofounder Earl Hailey explained, “The main reason that we decided five years ago to develop a topical patch was our concern for people who needed nutrition, but had trouble getting that nutrition through pills. Our purpose lines up perfectly with members of the weight loss surgery community and the struggle some of them may have with getting nutrition in traditional ways. The face-to-face experience we had test-marketing our products with ObesityHelp’s bariatric patients was exhilarating and we are eager to have ObesityHelp feature our products with the upcoming launch of their web-based nutritional product forum.”

ObesityHelp, the leading social network for the weight loss surgery community, has been helping companies take their bariatric products to market since the year 2000.

Says ObesityHelp CEO and Founder Eric Klein, “We took a close look at how the topical patch technology delivery methods continue to grow. We are passionate about innovation and awareness, so we invited PatchMD to our recent ObesityHelp National Conference. Across hundreds of patients in attendance, PatchMD received significant interest so we decided to take things to the next level with our newer product profiles. We are all for any additional tool or product that might remind our members of how they need to take care of themselves.”

One reason weight loss surgery patients may be interested in the PatchMD topical patch as a delivery method is that some experience heightened gag reflex after the procedure, which makes it extremely difficult and inconvenient when taking traditional pills. Also, because of the reduced ability of the digestive track to absorb vitamins and minerals in these patients, the patch provides a very effective alternative to taking pills.

About PatchMD

PatchMD, based in Laguna Niguel, California, was founded in 2009 and has manufacturing operations in California. PatchMD products address people’s nutritional needs from energy to sleep to improved complexion and offers an entire assortment of daily vitamins and supplements.

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Address: 30025 Alicia Parkway #161, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

About ObesityHelp

ObesityHelp, Inc. was founded in California in 1998 and pioneered Internet social networking six years prior to similar technology on Facebook. By inventing the surgeon review, it elevated patient empowerment to new levels, not only furthering the peer to peer support, education and success of weight loss surgery patients, but also attracting the involvement of thousands of bariatric professionals serving them. The company has over 700,000 members.

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Tammy Colter
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