Bariatric surgery

If your weight is putting your health at risk and other weight loss methods aren’t working, bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be the answer for you. Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone. But for those who struggle with obesity and the serious medical conditions that it causes, bariatric surgery can be a lifeline to healthy living.

Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Bariatric and Weight Management Center offers safe, effective and proven bariatric surgery options to help you reach your weight loss goals.

Bariatric professionals

Let our board-certified surgeons, Mark Choh, M.D. and Ryan Headley, M.D., help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you.

Our mission is to help patients transform their lives through surgical weight loss when non-surgical attempts have been unsuccessful.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of weight loss surgical procedures that reduce the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food you can consume and how you digest it. Having bariatric surgery is a life-changing commitment and a decision to be made with care.

At the Edward-Elmhurst Bariatrics and Weight Management Center, these surgeries are performed laparoscopically, a technique that uses smaller incisions, helping you recover faster with lower risk of complications.

Who is eligible for bariatric surgery?

If you are significantly overweight and concerned about the effects your weight is having on your health, bariatric surgery may be right for you.

Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of body mass to body height that is used to determine if a person is overweight or obese. You may be a candidate for surgery if you have any of the following:

  • BMI of > 40
  • BMI > 35 with obesity-related medical conditions
  • BMI > 30 for the Lap-Band (adjustable gastric band) with obesity-related medical conditions

Use the BMI calculator below to calculate your BMI.

Note that some insurance companies require 3-6 months of medically supervised weight management before bariatric surgery can be approved.

Learn more about weight management programs at Edward-Elmhurst.

Bariatric surgeries we offer

At Edward-Elmhurst, we recognize that every patient is unique. Our bariatric specialists will carefully assess your needs, help you understand your options and collaborate with you to determine which procedure, if any, is best for you. We offer the following bariatric surgeries:

  • Roux-en-y gastric bypass
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • Adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band)

How can I learn more?

Join our bariatric surgeons for one of our bariatric seminars to learn more about obesity and the role of bariatric surgery in weight loss.

Informative whiteboard patient education videos from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)