About Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a medically proven way to treat obesity and has helped many people live a more fulfilling, active and healthier life. But it is part of an entire process of change. The Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center is committed to high standards of quality for its surgical procedures as well as the complete lifestyle assistance that must accompany them. This section prepares you for weight loss surgery and explains the different surgical options available at our center.
Many patients who are morbidly obese have tried to lose weight through diet change and exercise. But some patients are different, and even major lifestyle changes haven't worked. Bariatric surgery can be particularly effective because it decreases the amount of food a patient can intake or reduces the amount the body can absorb or metabolize. The result of these procedures and continued support is that, over time, patients can lose up to 60-80% of their excess body weight over one year with gastric bypass surgery.
Does your bariatric program strictly adhere to rules for patient selection?
Yes. Before any surgery is considered, our experts evaluate each patient and make determinations for surgery based on their weight, health, diet, history of attempted weight loss, commitment and psychological factors as determined by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. All patients must go through this multidisciplinary approach. Click to learn more about Who is a Candidate?
Is your facility and staff dedicated to bariatric care?
Yes. The Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center is a dedicated institute devoted to the treatment of obesity, staffed by experts who specialize in the procedures used to help you fight it.
Will you work with me to gain insurance approval?
Yes. Insurance companies realize the health concerns and complications of obesity, and many provide coverage for weight-loss surgery. We'll work with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage, or if you're not covered, we'll help you find the financing you'll need. Click here to learn more.
What services do you offer to address psychological needs?
Our psychologists have special training for the specifics of weight related psychological issues and changes. We understand that weight loss can bring about many changes, and we help you prepare for those and create a healthy mindset for long-term success.
Does your program include registered dietitians?
Yes. As part of a comprehensive weight loss program, our dietitians will help you develop new eating habits for a healthier lifestyle. Your new diet will play a major part in your success, and our dietitians are there before and after your procedure to help answer questions and keep you on track.
Does your program offer support groups?
Yes. Support groups meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital in the Lower Level Meeting Rooms in the hospital's North Pavilion Link, Room N1702 across from Cafe 95.
We feature guest speakers and a variety of topics at every meeting. Click here to learn more.
How does your program help me maintain my weight loss?
At Little Company of Mary, we're here to help. We offer combined resources of a physician, an approved commercial diet program and a psychiatrist.
The first step is to view/attend one of our free seminars. Next, we encourage you to attend and participate in our free monthly support group. You'll be able to talk with our weight loss specialists, as well as patients who are enjoying the benefits of our bariatric surgery program.
- To view, go to www.rush.edu/bariatric.
- To attend, call 312.942.4444.
The next step is a personal, detailed consultation with our program surgeon to determine what kind of surgery is best for you. You will be informed about the surgical procedures available, the possible side effects and the ways in which your habits will have to change. A strong determination and commitment to changing your lifestyle partnered with education are the main tools any bariatric patient needs to be a truly successful candidate.
Click on the links at the bottom of the page to download the following pre-operative quiz and review the findings during your initial consultation with our program surgeon.
At that time, you'll also discuss.
- Nutritional support
- Exercise support
- Psychological support
- Monthly support groups
- Metabolic evaluation
- Long-term follow-up support
Finally, our office will assist you to obtain a written insurance authorization and receive a comprehensive medical evaluation, which may include a pulmonary, cardiology and psychological clearance prior to surgery.
After surgery, your lifestyle will need to include a healthy diet, regular exercise and adherence to a comprehensive follow-up schedule. Within six to eight weeks, most patients return to a normal diet. You will need to chew your food well, eat slowly and refrain from drinking with your meals. Although you should be able to eat most foods after surgery, some food intolerance may be experienced. Your hospital stay after gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy will range from 1-2 days, and 3-5 days for a duodenal switch. You will need between one to six weeks off work following surgery depending on the amount of lifting and physical activity associated with your job and your surgeon's recommendation.
Other Resources for Information
The Internet links below will direct you to sites dedicated to educating the public about weight-loss options and bariatric surgery.