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A full range of bariatric surgery options
For people considering bariatric surgery, the Rush Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery offers a full range of procedures. We use minimally invasive techniques in almost all cases — that means faster recovery and less pain after surgery for you.
Our surgeons have performed more than 2,000 weight loss procedures and have completed specialized training in minimally invasive techniques. In addition to experienced bariatric surgeons, the team includes plastic surgeons with expertise in body contouring surgery — for patients who want to have excess skin removed after they've met their weight loss goals. The team also includes a medical weight loss expert, dietitians, psychologists, nurses and other professionals with expertise in caring for patients before, during and after weight loss surgery.
Am I a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
For many people who are obese, bariatric surgery is the most effective way to lose weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Bariatric surgery might be a good choice for you if …
You are morbidly obese. This means you have a BMI, or body mass index, of at least 40, or a BMI of at least 35 plus an obesity-related disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Determine your BMI.
You have tried to lose weight using other methods and they have not worked.
You are committed to making the changes necessary for long-term success. Surgery is only the beginning of the weight loss journey. To lose weight and keep it off — which most bariatric surgery patients are able to do — you will have to commit to making healthy choices.
At your first visit, you will meet with a surgeon to discuss your weight loss options. Most patients also meet with a dietitian and psychologist. Your care team will take the time to discuss your questions and concerns — including questions about insurance. Your care at the center may also involve a medical weight loss specialist, nurses and other specialists.