5 Essential questions to ask during your weight loss surgery consultation

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The decision to have weight loss surgery is a big one, and it can’t be taken lightly. You’ll need to change your habits and commit to a new, healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you won’t see results after the surgery or be able to keep the weight off for good.

Because weight loss surgery is not a quick fix, you need to take control and learn as much as you can about the surgery as early as possible. It’s important to go into the first consultation with your weight loss surgeon with a prepared list of questions.

Here are five questions you’ll want to ask during your initial weight loss surgery appointment. It’s a good idea to write these questions down in a notebook and bring it with you so can refer to your questions and write down answers.

1. What is your experience?

Experience plays a big role in how skilled a person is at their job, and it’s no different for surgeons. This is a good question to start with, since it will help you better understand the surgeon’s background and skill set.

Of course, experience isn’t the only factor you need to consider. A surgeon who has performed a lot of surgeries isn’t always the most skilled. But a surgeon with more cases under their belt will often be a doctor you can be confident in.

2. Which weight loss procedures do you perform?

Many surgeons don’t perform every bariatric procedure that’s available, and there’s usually a reason why they don’t offer certain ones. Once you’ve found out which surgeries your surgeon offers, ask if there are any procedures they don’t perform and why. A lot of times you’ll find that, after offering a certain type of procedure, the surgeon found that too many patients weren’t seeing results, so they stopped offering it.

Usually, you’ll want to go with a surgeon who has enough options. If only one type of procedure is offered, do your research to see if that procedure is the best choice for you before moving forward. If not, it’s best to find someone who offers one that’s a better fit for your needs.

3. Which procedure would you recommend for me?

Any good, honest bariatric surgeon will tell you that there isn’t one procedure that will work for everyone. To answer this question, the surgeon will need ask you about your lifestyle, risk tolerances, exercise and dietary habits and medical history.

Your surgeon won’t choose a procedure for you — they will give their professional opinion about which procedure(s) will be most suitable for you and explain the benefits and risks of each procedure.

4. What kind of resources do you offer before and after surgery?

Weight loss surgery is a long process that you’ll need to be mentally and physically prepared for both before and after the surgery. The most successful weight loss surgery patients change their habits, take time to learn how to keep their weight off and have a good support system in place.

Your weight loss surgeon should be able to provide you with resources that will help you be successful over the long term. For example, does the surgeon provide a follow-up program after surgery to keep you accountable with sticking to the diet and other lifestyle changes that are critical to your success? Do they run support groups or recommend a good support group? Can the surgeon provide resources to help educate close friends and family members about how they can support you throughout this process?

5. What are your complication rates?

There’s no beating around the bush here. While complications vary depending on the specific procedure, they can and do happen. However, according to a study published in the July 2010 issue of JAMA, serious complication rates during bariatric surgery are relatively low. Serious complication rates were listed at 3.6 percent for gastric bypass and 2.2 percent for gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy).

If your weight loss surgeon’s rates are around or lower these national averages, you’re in good hands.

Stay informed

The questions above will give you the information you need to make the best decision for you. Remember to continue to write down all your questions and the surgeon’s answers before and after surgery. You’ll find this helpful for keeping track of questions and concerns you have throughout the entire process.


Feeling nervous before surgery? Try these 6 tips

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It’s totally normal to feel stressed or nervous before having weight loss surgery. If you’re feeling a little surgery anxiety — or if you want to prepare for potential anxiety about your upcoming weight loss surgery — the following tips may be helpful in the days and weeks before your surgery.

Here are six simple and effective ways to help ease some of the fear and anxiety you may feel as your weight loss surgery gets closer.

1. Do your research

Get lots of information about your surgery as early as possible. The more you know about what to expect, the better you’ll feel about it. Pay close attention to information about success rates and the steps you can take to make your experience more positive before, during and after surgery.

2. Talk to your doctor about your fears

Talking to your doctor about your fears is a great way to learn more about the surgery and get further details on anything you’ve come across in your research. This open communication will also increase your level of trust in your doctor and help ease your worries.

3. Take care of pre-surgery tasks

Focusing on what you need to do to prepare for your surgery will keep you productive and give you a more positive outlook about your surgery. Tasks can include packing your bag, arranging for rides to and from the surgery and making sure you have friends and family around to help with daily chores and activities as you recover.

4. Keep a written list of questions and fears

Sometimes just the simple act of putting your thoughts and fears on paper can help you feel better. Your mind will be free to focus on more positive thoughts and actions. Keeping a list also allows you to keep track of things you want to discuss with your doctor.

5. Get support

Remember, you’re not alone! You can find support from family, friends and co-workers. If you’re feeling especially anxious — or want to talk to someone who can relate more — it might be a good idea to talk to other people who have already gone through the surgery. Hearing about their experiences and getting tips from them can lessen your worries. If you don’t know anyone personally, see if your doctor knows of a local support group or a former patient who would be open to talking to you.

6. Find a calming activity

Spend time each day doing something that helps you to relax. This could be reading, walking, meditating, listening to music or something else. If you aren’t sure what works for you, try different activities until you find the one that suits you best. If possible, take some time doing this activity on the day of your surgery to help you feel as relaxed as possible.

Try these suggestions to combat surgery anxiety and feel more at peace on the day of your procedure. Before you know it, you’ll be on the other side and others will be asking you for support!


5 Feel-Good Ways to Track Your Weight Loss Without a Scale

Staying committed to a weight loss routine can be very difficult. While keeping track of the number on the scale is an important part of your weight loss journey, it doesn’t have to be the only way to track your progress towards a healthier you.

In fact, there are many simple ways you can keep track of the hard work you’re putting into your weight loss and the very real results you’re getting out of it.

Here are a few ways you can take stock of your progress and stay laser-focused on your goal of being healthy without even stepping on the scale.

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Take pictures of yourself to document your weight loss journey.

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to weight loss. When you’re working every day to lose weight through physical activity and a good diet, nothing is more motivating than seeing your body transform.

Take a picture of yourself every week during your weight loss journey. After a couple of months, you’ll start to notice the changes in your body shape and definition. It feels good to look good, so make sure you remind yourself of how your efforts are paying off.

If you want an added bit of encouragement, consider sharing your photos with close friends and family or, if you’re comfortable doing so, with the wider public on your Facebook or Instagram account. It’s exhilarating to receive support and validation from others as you transform yourself.

Keep an exercise journal.

Any good weight loss plan involves daily physical exercise. One simple way to keep track of your body’s strength and cardiovascular fitness is to keep an exercise journal.

Before you strength train, write down the exercises you plan on performing. Then, as you finish an exercise, write down how much weight you used, how many sets you completed and how many repetitions you did per set.

The same goes for cardio. Write down the type of cardio you plan to do. Then, once you finish, write down the level of intensity and the amount of time you performed the exercise.

If you are diligent with your exercise journal, you’ll start to see a trend toward greater fitness. Your strength training numbers will show that you’re able to lift heavier weights (which is a sign of muscular health), and that your cardio endurance is increasing (a sign that your heart is stronger).

Set and meet daily wellness goals.

Let’s face it: Living a healthy lifestyle is demanding. But just because you may not be able to commit to every healthy habit 100 percent of the time (we’re all human!) doesn’t mean you should throw your hands up and refuse to do anything at all.

A good way to make sure that you’re making constant progress is to set daily wellness goals. Every night, write down three wellness goals for the next day. It can be performing an hour of physical activity, walking 10,000 steps or eating five servings of fruit and veggies. At the end of the day, check in to see if you made good on your goals.

By setting up and hitting small, daily targets over and over again, you’ll see major long-term progress.

Involve a close friend or family member.

It doesn’t have to be lonely on the path to healthy living. Recruit at least one other person, such as a close friend or family member, to provide you with an outsider’s impression of your progress.

Even if your progress starts to become normal to you, another person can help you notice positive changes. Their goodwill and perspective can remind you of the progress you’ve made and give you the fuel to keep pushing.

Try on your old jeans.

As you progress through your weight loss journey, it’s important to acknowledge that the transformation you’ve made is a result of your hard work. If you’ve just pushed through a grueling workout or are craving your favorite old junk food, walk into your closet and try on your old jeans.

Seeing your progress in the inches you’ve lost from your waistline and the pounds you’ve shed from your midsection is sure to light up your day. Do it every couple of months, and you’ll give yourself the added motivation to keep chugging along.

As we’ve mentioned on this blog many times, weight loss is a journey. There are many milestones along the way. It’s important to stop every now and then and take stock of the distance you’ve traveled. Not only will it show you how far you’ve come, but it’ll give you the energy and inspiration to go even further.


Patient Testimonial: Callie Cunningham

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Being overweight can have real consequences not only for your physical health, but also for your quality of life. Just ask Callie Cunningham.

Before meeting Dr. Dirk and undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure in May 2016, Callie, a phlebotomist, had long struggled with weight problems. She was constantly depressed or angry, and she had little desire to go anywhere or do anything. Back then, Callie weighed 333 pounds.

After her mother and her children gave her the motivation to change her life, Callie decided to undergo a weight loss procedure with the help of Dr. Dirk.

Thanks to the gastric sleeve and Callie’s commitment to changing her lifestyle, she was able to lose 81 pounds and counting. She realized how big an accomplishment her weight loss was when she discovered she could wear her teenage daughter’s clothes.

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Now, Callie eats smaller portions and lives a more active lifestyle, including walking and spending more time with her children. “I feel better about myself and my appearance,” Callie says.

She’s also enjoying the responses she gets about her weight loss. “I wasn’t used to receiving compliments!”

Callie says that Dr. Dirk’s guidance and advice was crucial to her weight loss journey. “He was amazing, but also blunt,” Callie says. “He told it like it is, with no sugar-coating.”

Above all, Callie’s experience has taught her that the key to weight loss is being motivated to change yourself and your life. “I tell my friends that the sleeve is a tool to help you, but the real tool is yourself. You have to want to change and to be healthy.”

Find more inspiring success stories from Dr. Dirk’s patients here.


Patient Testimonial: Alynn Stapp

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Public speaking is one of the top fears faced by American adults. 20-year-old student Alynn Stapp was no different — until she received a gastric sleeve. Only a few months Dr. Dirk performed her surgery, she was more than confident enough to volunteer to speak in front of the class.

Alynn realized her obesity could only lead to health problems, so she decided to take the plunge and start a new, healthier lifestyle. Losing 100 pounds in six months has been no easy feat for Alynn, but with Dr. Dirk by her side, she says that’s it’s all worth it.

What was life like for you before the procedure? Did you have any health issues?

Life before surgery was tiring. I always seemed fatigued and stressed out. I had no known health issues, but I was on my way to becoming pre-diabetic.

What motivated you to get surgery?

The knowledge that I was headed down a road that lead to a mountain of health issues and physical limitations led me to get weight loss surgery.

How did Dr. Dirk help you throughout the process?

Dr. Dirk was always near the phone, day or night. No matter how silly my question or concern, he was there to provide support. I ended up having minor complications shortly after surgery and he saw me in the hospital a few days later. He found the problem and was able to treat it. He continued to check up on me every single day I was in the hospital, and his staff continued to check up after I was discharged. 

How has your life changed since?

My life has changed immensely, from my physical abilities to my social interactions. Rather than staying in and doing homework, I ditch it and hit a hot yoga session with a group of friends. It’s so freeing to be able to do whatever you want to do and not have your own body hold you back.

How have you changed your diet and exercise?

It’s not just my social life and my physical body that have changed, but my entire lifestyle, too. I eat whole, clean foods, not the empty carby junk that I used to eat. Being active is now fun — I enjoy doing things that get me moving and it’s hard for me to stand still anymore.

Was there a specific moment after surgery when you knew your life was going to be different?

Four months after surgery, I was down 65-70 pounds and feeling great. I was in my speech class and the professor needed someone to volunteer to go first and make a speech. We all sat there for five minutes before I stood up and confidently gave a speech I had just written and memorized in front of 45 people without any hesitation or nerves. I knew then that I was a completely different person than I was four months prior, and it could only get better.

What has the response from friends and family been like?

I chose not to make my surgery public with friends and only a select few family members know, but the ones who do know have been my biggest support system. They are incredibly proud and I have surpassed their expectations regarding weight loss.

What would you tell someone else considering weight loss surgery?

If I were to talk to someone who is debating weight loss surgery options, I would tell him or her to make sure they’re doing it for the right reasons. They need to do it because they want to improve their life and be in the best possible physical condition for themselves, not for anyone else. Weight loss surgery is not the easy way out, no matter what other people may tell you. It is mentally and physically challenging, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

Would you recommend Dr. Dirk and why?

I would 100 percent recommend Dallas weight loss surgeon, Dr. Dirk, not only because I trust him enough to cut me open, but because he is straightforward. If you’re obese and stuck with no other options, you need someone who will be blunt enough to tell what you’re doing wrong, but kind enough to help you through the process.

What is your favorite thing to do now that you have lost weight and are living a healthier, happier life?

My favorite thing to do since losing the weight is just simply being outside. Kayaking, paddle boarding, sunrise yoga, even taking my dog to the dog park — it’s all so much more enjoyable now that I don’t have an extra 112 pounds to cart around. It’s freeing when the things you once hated doing become the activities you now lose sleep to participate in.


Patient Testimonial: Ruby Adame

Meet Ruby Adame, a 40-year-old manager at a finance company who weighed 325 pounds at her highest weight. On February 24, 2015, Dr. Dirk performed the gastric sleeve procedure on Ruby, and today she weighs what she calls a “marvelous” 220. She’s lost over 100 pounds so far, but Ruby says she’s not even close to being done.

We spoke with Ruby about her weight loss journey and her experience with Dr. Dirk.

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What was life like for you before the procedure? Did you have any health issues?

My life before the sleeve was full of pain, extremely short walks, endless tired days and restless nights. I was turning 39 and heading toward my third back surgery in under a year when I decided I needed to get healthier. I also lived with diabetes and high blood pressure, which was inevitable with my family history, but which I did nothing to try and avoid.

At first, I decided that I was going to get the lap band procedure. Then I spoke to my cousin Charles Martinez about his gastric sleeve procedure. He guided me toward the incredible Dr. Dirk Rodriguez, my life-changing surgeon.

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How did Dr. Dirk help you throughout the process?

From the beginning, Dr. Dirk and his staff were extremely professional, proficient and willing to go above and beyond to make me feel like part of their family. I say this because I was never treated like an insurance claim, a dollar sign or a fat failure.

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How have you changed your diet and exercise?

Nothing about eating no more than four ounces at a time is easy, especially when you’re used to eating at a buffet three times a week. I eat 8-10 small meals each day with more than 60 grams of protein. I exercise every day, mainly by walking 2-4 miles daily and doing low-impact weight training.

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How has your life changed since your surgery?

Life after bariatric surgery is not easy. It is something that I work hard at every day. It requires dedication to exercise and daily meal planning.

Once, while out on my daily walk, I realized that I had walked 2 miles and I wasn’t out of breath or in pain. I felt amazing and decided to keep walking. I smiled and even cried because I never thought that I would enjoy a walk.

This procedure gave me all the simple things everyone else takes for granted. Sitting comfortably and crossing my legs. Fastening the seat belt on an airplane without an extension and folding the tray table down flat. Shopping at any store instead of special-ordering my size 30-32 pants and shirts.

weight loss testimonialWhat would you tell someone else considering weight loss surgery? Would you recommend Dr. Dirk and why?

If anyone was thinking of getting any type of weight loss surgery, I would recommend Dr. Dirk every time. He is a surgeon that treats you with respect and shoots it straight. He is a great motivator and a great support system from beginning to end. Dr. Dirk makes you want to do better, pushes you to be the best you and encourages you to just be healthier.

This all comes down to making the decision to become healthier, not only for yourself, but for your family. Would I make the same decision again? Yes. I just would have made it sooner.


Patient Testimonial: Donnie Jeter

To truly understand the impact weight loss surgery can have on someone’s life, you need to hear from someone who’s gone through it. Meet Donnie Jeter, a 40-year-old plumber and construction project manager. He received a gastric sleeve from Dr. Dirk in October 2015, and he’s since lost 102 pounds.

“Donnie is a great example of someone who listens to his doctor,” Dr. Dirk Rodriguez says. “He saw his health and his obesity as a threat to his ability to provide for his children and watch them grow up. After surgery, he did everything he needed to do: he ate small, frequent meals, he went high-protein and low-carb, and he committed to daily aerobic exercise. The result is that he has his life back, he can fully enjoy his children and his job and he feels like he is on top of the world. Donnie’s story proves that surgery is not a drastic measure—it’s the solution to the medical condition of obesity.”

We asked Donnie about his experience working with Dr. Dirk and learned more how weight loss surgery changed his life.

What was life for you before the procedure? Did you have any health issues?

Life was rough. I was constantly tired and depressed due to my weight and I had little self-confidence. I was borderline diabetic and struggled with high blood pressure. I worked out daily already, which was extremely hard due to my size.

What motivated you to get surgery? 

My kids! I wanted to be there for them when they are older. I am a single dad and I’ve been raising them alone for last five years. Also, single life is hard when you weigh almost 400 pounds and you’ve lost your self-confidence! I’ve tried to lose weight with different diets for years and normally just gained weight. My ex-wife had success with gastric bypass 12 years ago, so I figured I would try!

How did Dr. Dirk help you throughout the process?

I was honestly very skeptical when I first walked in and met Dr. Dirk. His poise, confidence and straightforwardness blew me away and gave me confidence. He didn’t sugarcoat anything. He told me what I had to do and what to expect. He was correct in every way!

How has your life changed since? 

First, I can shop in normal clothing stores! That’s a big deal for overweight people! I do an hour of cardio every single day and don’t feel like I’m dying when I’m done. People notice me! I’ve started getting my confidence back and I’m not so shy. I can walk upstairs to my office and not be out of breath or feel my knees hurt.

How have you changed your diet and exercise?

I eat multiple times a day beyond the basic three meals, and instead of 45 minutes a day of weightlifting I now do that along with an hour of cardio each day.

Do you have different outlook on life? Is there a specific moment after the surgery when you knew your life was going to be different? 

Yes, I do have a new outlook on life. Now, I live to be healthy and for the first time in my life, I take care of me first. Yes, the first week after surgery was painful, but then I went and bought a scale… I had lost 20 pounds in the first week. I teared up. I promised myself I would exceed any goal, I would put in all the time in the gym, I would follow every instruction from Dr. Dirk and I would be his best patient.

What has been the response from friends and family? 

Uplifting and very supportive. They have cheered me every step of the way. My kids voluntarily follow my meal plans (small portions several times a day and no sugar!).

What would you tell someone else considering weight-loss surgery? Would you recommend Dr. Dirk and why? 

Don’t think about it, just do it! No one will live forever, and if you are overweight, you definitely won’t live as long as you should! Dr. Dirk and his staff will give you the tools and knowledge to extend your life and make you healthier than ever!

What is your favorite thing to do now that you have lost weight and are living a healthier, happier life? 

Play catch with my son. Wrestle around with my kids. Shop for clothes!


All About the Intra-Gastric Balloon Procedure

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As the new year approaches, you may be considering yet another resolution. While weight-loss goals are often the focus of the “new year, new you” mentality, there’s a reason that it’s a recurring theme: achieving and maintaining your goal weight often proves elusive.

Tired of the same-old, same-old pattern of losing weight only to gain it back?  Sometimes diet and exercise alone aren’t enough—but bariatric surgery seems like too extreme a step. If you’re feeling like you could use a little extra help to kick-start your year, the recently approved intra-gastric balloon may be just what the doctor ordered.

What, exactly, is the “balloon”?  Unlike the devices used in the 1980s, the new and improved intra-gastric balloon is constructed from advanced, highly durable materials that are more resistant to breakage. The soft balloon is placed in the stomach endoscopically and filled with saline solution which, in turn, partially fills the stomach. The balloon is a “restrictive” device, increasing satiety so that patients feel full more quickly.

“Unlike metabolic operations like the sleeve, gastric bypass or duodenal switch, it does not change internal hormones that accelerate metabolism and increase weight loss,” Dr. Dirk explains.

Like other restrictive devices, the intra-gastric balloon is a temporary solution—it is removed from the stomach after six months. While studies indicate that patients may re-gain weight when the device is removed, it remains a valid weight-loss solution when used in conjunction with long-term lifestyle changes to your and diet and exercise plan.

Who will benefit from this new procedure? The balloon is often used in patients who must lose weight to qualify for bariatric surgery, or those with a BMI between 30-40. With minimal risk factors, however, the device may prove to be quite helpful for a wider pool of patients.

“Truly anyone who is struggling with their weight can have it,” says Dr. Dirk. “As long as they understand that it is a tool to help them change their life in regards to nutrition and exercise.”

If you find yourself frustrated with your weight and you’re ready to commit to a healthy diet and exercise program, talk to a Dallas bariatric surgeon about the new and improved intra-gastric balloon. 2016 just may be your year!


Do popular “fat-burning” foods actually aid weight loss?

fat burning foodsThe perennial weight loss dilemma is finding foods that burn fat while keeping you full. It’s tempting to seek that elusive quick fix: foods that are satisfying and burn unhealthy weight. But can eating certain foods really help you burn fat? Let’s look at the science behind the claims.

Many popular articles and fitness magazines claim that eating certain foods—like whole grains, hot peppers and green tea—can help boost the metabolism and burn fat. Some health experts suggest that less-processed foods, like whole grains, require the body to expend additional energy (in the form of calories) to digest and process, making them a better alternative than easily digested foods that require less energy. Hot peppers are also rumored to aid weight loss because they increase body temperature and therefore, the thinking goes, burn calories.

It’s one thing to read these claims in fitness magazines, but what are the professionals saying? While this may be disappointing news, Dr. Dirk, a Bariatric Surgeon in Dallas, TX,  does not believe that pouring hot sauce on your food or chugging green tea will melt body fat. Instead, he advocates for a scientifically sound, tried-and-true diet for his weight loss patients. Specifically, he says that protein-packed foods, like lean meats and low-fat dairy products, can help speed the metabolism.

“Your body works nine times harder to process high-protein food and get the nutrition you need than it does for high-carb and junk food,” Dr. Dirk says.

So what are some good high-protein choices? Lean chicken, turkey and fish are a great start and a far healthier alternative to fattier ground beef or pork. For a quick snack, low-fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese can provide a whopping 28 grams of protein per serving, accounting for just under half of your daily needs. Protein can come from other sources, too, including nuts and nut butters, though these tend to have a higher fat content. Reach for these options in moderation.

But will an ultra-spicy dish or a raw habañero pepper help you achieve the results you’re working towards? Unless you’re running down the street with your mouth open to cool off, Dr. Dirk says, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll see any benefit. Stick to a balanced diet that includes plenty of protein to rev up your metabolism.




What foods should I eat after bariatric surgery?

15667114_mThe dos and don’ts of eating a balanced diet are fairly well-known: lean proteins, nutrient-packed veggies, low-fat dairy products and whole grains help maintain a balanced diet that keeps you trim and gives you the energy you need. From grab-and-go yogurts to single-serving packages of nuts, healthy foods are easy to incorporate into your routine.

But what about those who have recently undergone bariatric surgery? As your body heals from weight loss surgery, a balanced diet becomes more important (and, at first, more overwhelming) than ever. Luckily, with the help of expert advice and a few specially formulated supplements, following your post-op diet will become second nature.

Gastric Bypass

The Gastric bypass procedure reduces the size of your stomach and other parts of the digestive system, making portion control crucial to recovery. Shortly after surgery, you’ll be limited to clear liquids and broths that will ease your digestive system back into its functional role. Sip slowly and drink only 2 to 3 ounces of liquid at a time.

As you begin to tolerate clear liquids, you’ll be able to introduce thicker liquids or pureed foods. How can you meet your dietary requirements for protein, calcium and more? Try options like non-fat yogurt, cottage cheese or protein powders before gradually introducing items like hot cereals, lean ground meats or fish or pureed veggies. As you gradually add more to your diet, remember to keep meal portions small, and eat often throughout the day. Dr. Dirk’s own nutrition store offers a series of post-op calcium kits that ensure you’re getting what you need to keep up your bone density as you recover from surgery.

Gastric Sleeve

What’s life like after gastric sleeve surgery? While the timeframe for your post-operative diet may vary, the general principle behind the foods that you’re advised to eat remains the same as above: begin with clear liquids, and introduce thick liquids or pureed foods slowly. You’ll likely start with clear liquids, and move to liquids plus protein in the form of fat-free yogurt, thin applesauce or strained cream soup. As your body begins to tolerate more and different foods, you’ll begin to add soft vegetables, mashed fruit, scrambled eggs and other items like hummus. Finally, after about four weeks, you can expect to move towards a diet that includes solid foods in small amounts. Dr. Dirk’s post-op calcium kits are recommended for patients recovering form sleeve surgery, as well.

Lap Band

Eating after Lap Band Surgery is not as not as difficult as it seems. Once again, gradual introduction of new foods and tight portion control is the name of the game. A diet of clear liquids will progress to a “full liquid diet,” including protein shakes and soups. Soon, you’ll be working your way up to pureed foods at around two weeks post-op, a stage that will continue until you’ve recovered for about a month.

Finally, it’s on to soft solids (think fish, beans and other nutrient-dense foods), carefully introducing new foods one at a time. Be sure to include your calcium kit, formulated specifically for those recovering from lap-band surgery.

Your new diet may seem overwhelming at first, but if you keep the basic principles in mind, it will begin to make sense. Training your body to eat in smaller portions will become the new norm as you adapt to a healthy lifestyle and maintain an ideal weight.