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Dr. Dirk is committed to helping his patients become healthier and live longer lives through proper weight management. Most patients who come to see Dr. Dirk have struggled to maintain a healthy weight for years. After finding traditional diets and exercise unsuccessful, they’re ready for the long-term weight loss achieved by weight loss surgery. Before deciding whether weight loss surgery is right for them, patients frequently have questions about the procedure, side effects, and recovery.

Here are the answers to the questions we are most commonly asked by patients:

Why Get Weight Loss Surgery?
Living with obesity not only affects your confidence and quality of life but also has several medical implications that come along with it. Learn how weight loss surgery can help improved your quality life and help improve your overall well-being.

Does Bariatric Surgery Work?
Deciding to get weight loss surgery is a difficult choice, especially when you may not be sure if it will work. This is where we are here to help! This article will cover information and stats on why bariatric surgery is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for weight loss.

Common Myths About Weight Loss Surgery
Here Dr. Dirk has debunked 5 of the most common myths about weight loss surgery. Make sure that you are educated about what to expect from weight loss surgery before making this life changing decision.

Can I Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery?
Many people who are suffering from obesity can have trouble trying to get pregnant, but we are here to tell you that yes you can get pregnant after weight loss surgery! Not only can you get pregnant, but often losing weight can make it much easier.

Is There A Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure?
The short answer is yes! There are several advantages over to getting a non-surgical weight loss procedure over other more traditional forms. Learn more about the Gastric Balloon and if it’s a procedure that you may be interested in.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass
When most people think about weight loss surgeries the first thing that comes to mind is the Gastric Sleeve or the Gastric  Bypass, but what are the real differences between these popular procedures?

Gastric Balloon vs. Gastric Sleeve
The Gastric Balloon is the first non-surgical weight loss procedure that offers similar results to surgical options, but it may not be exactly what you are looking for. Here’s a quick reference article on how the Gastric Balloon compares to the Gastric Sleeve.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap Band
The Gastric Sleeve and the Lap Band are two of the most popular weight loss procedures, but what are the differences between these? And does one have more benefits than the other? Read more to find out.

What Are The Side Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Knowing what kind of side effects you may have after any surgery is important, so we have provided a list of side effects that you may experience.

What Are The Side Effects of Duodenal Switch Surgery?
After having the Duodenal Switch, like any surgery, you may experience a few side effects. This article will outline the different side effects that may occur after this surgery.

Why is Exercise Important After Weight Loss Surgery?
Exercise after weight loss surgery is important for two main reasons: 1) it reduces the amount of muscle you will lose & 2) it will help you lose weight faster. To learn more read this article.

Why Are Dietary Restrictions Necessary After Surgery?
Dietary restrictions are often necessary after any surgery, but even more so for weight loss surgery. Your new diet will help promote weight loss and reduce the likelihood of complications after surgery. Read here to learn more.