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Before recommending gastric bypass surgery, we require that each patient make a commitment to improving and maintaining his or her health by fully participating in the aftercare program. We consider strict adherence to a gastric bypass diet and a tailored exercise plan absolutely essential to the overall success of the procedure. That’s why the Pacific Bariatric staff is devoted to assisting you throughout your entire experience and beyond. 


We provide ongoing education so you know exactly what steps lie ahead. It begins with an in-depth review of the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. If you decide to move forward, a Pacific Bariatric Evaluation Panelist performs an internal medicine evaluation, as well as a psychiatric evaluation to gather information necessary for the procedure and recovery. Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will advise you on your follow-up care. The patient is required to schedule post-op appointments and obtain post-op labs at one week, one month, six months, and one year, and annually thereafter.


It is important to remember that the quality of your diet will change along with the quantity. Your stomach’s smaller size will limit your food intake, so what you eat is critical. Detailed nutrition guidelines for your gastric bypass diet put an emphasis on high-quality protein and should be followed precisely.


Incorporating some form of exercise into your daily life prior to surgery will drastically improve and can even speed up the weight loss process following gastric bypass surgery. For instance, walking, cycling, aerobics or swimming can help you feel and look great even before the surgery.

Informational Seminars 

We provide free informational lectures with experts who share insights to keep you motivated, and help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain good health after the gastric bypass surgery.

Ongoing Support

For many, our bariatric surgery support groups are one of the most valuable aspects of Pacific Bariatric’s program. In addition to monthly group meetings, members are available to support each other informally by phone. 



Support Groups

If this is your first support meeting, please contact the appropriate leader or assistant leader

Campbell, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Leader: Cindy Ralston (408) 316-0326
4th Thursday of every month
Kaiser: 220 Hacienda Ave.
Hacienda Room 1st Floor



High Desert (Hesperia), CA

Regular Meeting:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Don Hernandez (760) 912-3153

3rd Tuesday of every month
11153 Tenth Ave. (In Fellowship Hall)




Oceanside/Vista, CA 

Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm
Leader: Carol Matthews (760) 431-2603
2nd Wednesday of every month
Scripps Coastal Medical Center  
130 Cedar Road, Suite 350
Vista, CA



Orange, CA

Regular Meeting: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Leader: Nancy Prilliman (714) 722-1648
2nd Saturday of every month
Kaiser Permanente
Health Pavilion
200 N. Lewis St.


San Diego, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Angie (619) 681-1933
Leader: Myla (619) 681-1933
3rd Wednesday of every month
Scripps Mercy Hospital
4077 5th Avenue
Room: 12th floor Solarium.


Riverside/Jurupa Valley, CA

Staying On Track - Bariatric Support
Regular Meeting: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Facilitators: Kathy Mitchell, Dede Weatherwax and Anne Murphy
Coordinators: Linda Wingard and Kathryn Albright
Contact us at:
1st Saturday of every month
5881 El Palomino Dr.
Riverside, CA 92509
15 Freeway exit Limonite - east on Limonite approx. 5 miles. Left (N) on El Palomino Dr.(signal) 1/2 mile turn left into parking lot (just before stop sign) take back sidewalk (behind bldgs) to rear entrance - conference room on 2nd floor take stairs or elevator