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A better quality of life for people that had a (partial) esophagectomy, gastrectomy or pancreatoduodenectomy. That is our ambition.

This surgery leads to a drastic change of your digestive tract. This could lead to a deficiency of important vitamins and minerals, which are essential to keep functioning well.
 

Daily support after surgery

With our Multis, you treat your deficiencies as a result of a reduced capacity to absorb vitamins and minerals. Our Multis are specifically formulated for your type of surgery and are developed in accordance with the latest scientific insights. With just one capsule a day, you receive the exact right increased amount of vitamins and minerals. Confidence your body and a better quality of life. That’s what we aim for! 

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How does it work?

Several things in your body will change after surgery. You can experience different symptoms because (a part of) the stomach, oesophagus or pancreas is removed. Examples are food intolerance, abdominal pains, nausea, reflux (heartburns), diarrhoea, dumping (feeling unwell after having food or drinks), a change in taste or a reduced appetite.

A decreased vitamin and mineral absorption

Your body may also have a reduced ability to absorb nutrients after surgery. The result: a potential vitamins and minerals deficiency. Research* shows that 78% of the individuals has at least one deficiency after surgery and 40% at least two. These often are a vitamin D and B12, iron and folic acid deficiency. But vitamin A, E, K and zinc deficiencies also occur very often.**

* Janssen  HJB,  Fransen  LFC,  Ponten  JEH et al. Micronutrient Deficiencies Following Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy for Cancer. Nutrients. 2020
* Veeralakshmanan P, Tham JC, Wright A et al. Nutritional  deficiency  post  esophageal  and  gastric  cancer  surgery:  A  quality improvement study. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2020
** Latenstein AEJ, Gerven van R, Grevers F et al. Micronutrient deficiencies and anaemia in patients after pancreatoduodenectomy. Br J Surg. 2021

The importance of vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals make sure the body functions well. These are essential nutrients that the body cannot create itself, and therefore have to be taken up by consuming foods. If your body cannot absorb these nutrients well (as a result of your surgery), it is important to supplement your food with extra vitamins and minerals.

Why Gikavi?

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Specifically formulated for your surgery

The compositions of our Multis are specifically formulated for every type of resection. Only one capsule a day will ensure you receive the exact right increased amount of vitamins and minerals.

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Scientifically substantiated

Our Multis are based on the latest scientific insights. We also cooperate with hospitals on a clinically substantiated future. This is how we keep improving our products.

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Personal advice from our nutritionists

Do you have a question about your supplements? Our experts offer tailored advice and clear answers.

The Gikavi team

Sjoerd van Berkel

co-founder / managing director

Maarten Sjoerdsma

Head of New Business Development

Marco Gikavi product specialist

Marco Schäfer

product specialist Germany, Switzerland, Austria