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When patients decide to have weight loss surgery, they often think their weight loss journey begins once they leave the hospital. While weight loss surgery makes losing weight easier, it’s not the beginning of your weight loss journey. You’ll have to make diet and lifestyle changes both before and after bariatric surgery in order to make the most of your surgery.

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  • How losing weight before surgery will shorten your recovery time
  • Your pre-weight loss surgery diet 
  • What diet changes to make after surgery
  • Healthy mealplans for your post-surgery diet
  • Foods to avoid after surgery

Your weight loss journey doesn’t start and end with bariatric surgery--the procedure is just a step along the way. To get the best results from your weight loss surgery, you should create a well-balanced diet that you can use both before and after bariatric surgery.


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.