Obesity & Bariatric Program


Causes of Obesity

Although people with obesity are often labeled as “inactive” or “sedentary,” those labels are unjust and inaccurate. Science has proven that obesity is a disease, and there is a mix of causes that is far more complex than simply overeating or a lifestyle that is too sedentary.

Consequences of Obesity

Obesity causes a number of health risks that can reduce life expectancy. Besides possibly dying younger than people of normal weight, those who are obese are more likely to develop both chronic and life-threatening diseases.

Am I a Candidate?

For those who are obese, losing weight through diet and exercise alone is often very difficult. That’s because obesity is a disease, and your body actually fights against weight loss, believing that it’s helping you survive. For this reason, bariatric surgery is the best way for many people to ensure long-term weight loss that also improves or resolves many of the medical conditions associated with obesity.

BMI – Body Mass Index

Obesity isn’t just a matter of how much a person weighs. It depends to some degree on the Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a number that divides weight by height in metric measurements – weight in kilograms and height in meters squared.

Weight Loss Process & Timeline

We’ll support you on your weight loss journey from start to finish. You will never be alone to figure it out by yourself; you can always call on us to answer questions, listen to your concerns, and encourage you toward success.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Benefits of bariatric surgery include permanent weight loss, better health, improved appearance, and quality of life.

Bariatric Surgery Risks & Side Effects

All surgeries carry some degree of risk. When advanced techniques are used, such as those at our Institute, bariatric surgery is safe and complications are rare. This is why Dr. Lutfi takes your medical history into account when recommending a procedure for you and offers a comprehensive program that does not just include surgery but focuses on your overall wellness.

Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

Rami Lutfi, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

  • President, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery and Weight Loss and Bariatric Fellowship Program Director at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Clinical Associate Professor at University of Illinois Chicago
  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery: Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Former President of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery
  • He is one of only a few surgeons who educates new surgeons how to perform successful, minimally invasive bariatric surgery.
  • One of the first five physicians trained in North America on the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon
  • Placed the 1st gastric sleeve in the state of Illinois
  • First to place a gastric balloon in the Midwest.
  • Performed over 2500 weight loss procedures.

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What Our Patients are Saying

Natalie, real patient

Natalie - Lost 90 lbs

“Dr. Rami Lutfi and his staff have been absolutely wonderful throughout the entire Bariatric process. They truly care about your well-being and success to become the best version of yourself. I have lost 90 lbs in the course of 6 months and I’m still working hard to achieve my goals. Sticking to diet and exercise truly pays off. Bariatric surgery is a real lifestyle change and is a great tool to better your future health.”

Colin, real patient

Collin - Lost 130 lbs

“I cannot thank Dr. Lutfi and his incredible staff enough for helping me get my life back on track  From my initial consultation, to several post op appointments they have always had my best interests in mind throughout this process. It is an important decision and a lifestyle change that takes a big commitment, but with support from the medical team at Dr. Lutfi’s office, friends,and family; I believe it can be the best decision someone can make if they struggle with weight loss issues like I had since a teenager.”

Teresa - Lost 150 lbs

“Dr. Lutfi and his team are amazing.  I have been supported both physically and emotionally every step of my journey.  I cannot recommend Dr. Lutfi and Presence Hospital enough.  Best decision I have ever made!”

Pauline - Lost 100 lbs

“I have struggled with obesity my entire life, and when I had my son, my weight afterwards soared. I was in so much pain from the birth and carrying the excess weight that I could not work out and dieting was not helping. Due to the fact I had over 100 lbs to lose, I looked into having barbaric surgery and found Dr. Lutfi. His care and the amazing staff made my decision easy. I am now almost 100 lbs down and a fit, active mom with energy to spare! Thank you Dr. Lutfi!”

Michael - Lost 116 lbs

“The bariatric journey is definitely not an event that begins and ends with a surgical procedure — it’s a process that takes a lot of effort.  But on that journey, it is helpful to have the support of a comprehensive bariatric team. Certainly, it starts with expert surgical hands, like Dr. Lutfi’s.  I chose his practice due to his experience and enthusiasm. The medical and nutritional information provided by Markie and Erin made creating and sticking to a plan easy and straightforward….

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