Launched in 2002, the program provides patients suffering from morbid obesity with treatment and support needed to lose excess weight and keep it off. The Chicago Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management for patients ages 18 and up. Our Program helps patients lose weight through surgery and a comprehensive treatment regime.
The definition is a branch of medicine dealing with prevention, control and treatment of obesity.
The cause of severe obesity is poorly understood and has many factors
associated with it. In obese individuals, the set-point of stored energy
is too high. This altered set-point may result from a low metabolism
with low energy expenditure, sedentary lifestyle, excessive caloric
intake, or a combination. There is some scientific data that suggests
obesity may be an inherited characteristic. Obese individuals not only
face medical consequences of their disease, but they live with
discrimination and guilt every day. The emotional and physical tolls can
Individuals who are candidates for bariatric surgery will have the following:
The first step is to register to attend an informational seminar with our bariatric surgeon and program coordinator. Information seminars are located at Westlake Hospital in Conference Rooms A - D. Please call 708-763-NEWU (6398) for more information.
After you attend an information seminar, you will be asked to attend a consultation appointment with our Medical Director and a NEWU appointment with our Bariatric Nurse Program Coordinator. Additional meetings will be scheduled at these appointments with our multidisciplinary team.
Yes, all patients will meet with our clinical psychologist for a well-being appointment to help understand the behavioral modifications necessary in achieving their weight loss goals.
Our staff can refer you to primary care physicians who are experienced in the medical and surgical weight loss process. Please ask our Bariatric Nurse Program Coordinator for a list of available primary care physicians.
Most insurance plans cover bariatric surgery. Our expert team will help guide you through the insurance process in order to get your surgery approved. Many insurance policies differ from plan to plan; therefore our team will assist you in understanding your benefits and requirements for bariatric surgery. Commitment and dedication is required during this process in help achieve your goals. After attending the information seminar, you will meet with our Program Coordinator in order to start the insurance process at your NEWU appointment.
With gastric bypass, there is a two- to three-day hospital stay. The LAP-BAND and SILs BAND procedures are less-invasive, and patients can either go home the same day of surgery, or stay overnight.
This depends on several different factors, but generally, most patients are able to go back to work in about two weeks.
Every surgery has some level of discomfort, but this depends on each patient's situation.
Based on our program's data, the average one-year weight loss with LAP-BAND is 56 pounds. The average one-year weight loss with gastric bypass is about 76 pounds.
It varies, but most patients start to lose weight within the first few weeks of surgery.
To help patients lead and maintain active, healthy lives, we provide our
patients with comprehensive post-operative care to ensure weight loss
and weight management. Patients will follow up with the surgeon
regularly during the first year and then annually. The patient also will
meet with a dietitian and clinical psychologist at six and eight weeks,
and then as needed. Patients are encouraged to attend our support
groups for dietary, exercise, and psychosocial support.
All patients are required to attend 1 support group prior to surgery. Following surgery. Patients are encouraged to attend monthly support group meeting at the hospital for the rest of their lives.
To learn more about The Chicago Center for Bariatric Surgery, please call 708-763-NEWU (6398).
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