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Choosing the right weight loss option for you is far from an easy task, but understanding the differences between weight loss procedures may make it easier. Educating yourself about your weight loss options is important before talking to your doctor. No one knows you better than yourself, so make sure you begin to research and familiarize yourself with the different procedures. 

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  • What are the different types of weight loss procedures?
  • Do I want the gastric band, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass?
  • What’s the difference between open surgery and laparoscopic?
  • Which procedure is most safe?
  • Will all procedures keep the weight off?
  • How long is will my recovery time be?
  • Will there be scarring?

If you have been considering weight loss surgery, it is important to understand all your options. Remember that everyone’s weight loss journey is different and it is important to find the best surgery option for you.


Meet the Authors: 

riverside surgical staff domkowskiPatrick Domkowski, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Dr. Domkowski is Director of Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center and is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery. He earned his medical and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and completed his surgical internship, residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  Dr. Domkowski has treated well over a 1000 bariatric patients and has a passion for helping people regain their lives lost by the disease of obesity. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and presented at both national and international surgical meetings. Dr. Domkowski has performed hundreds of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries at SRMC. In addition, he specializes in conversion surgeries of band to sleeves and gastric bypass revisions for weight regain. 

Staff DrJasonRadeckeJason M. Radecke, MD

Dr. Radecke is a fellowship trained bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon. He completed his fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa under the direction of Dr. Michel Murr. Dr. Radecke obtained both his BS and MS in Biochemistry and Microbiology, respectively from Clemson University. He then went on to attend medical school at and University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Radecke went on to complete his surgical internship and residency in general surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. Dr. Radecke specializes in the surgical treatment of obesity and has a passion for helping people eliminate this disease and the metabolic problems it causes. Dr Radecke is also highly trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and he utilizes it to treat many surgical diseases of the abdomen. He is a member of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.