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.

If you are not sure if you are obese, visit our BMI page to calculate your Body Mass Index. This will give you an idea if you might be a good candidate for weight loss surgery. However, Dr. Lutfi can only determine if you are a candidate through a medical examination, thorough review of your history, and consultation.

In your consultation, he will spend as much time with you as necessary to evaluate whether or not bariatric surgery is advisable and safe for you. He will then discuss the available methods with you and make a suggestion as to which procedure would be best. The final decision, of course, is always yours.

BMI Range

As a general rule, certain techniques work best for people at a particular BMI range. For example, those with a minimum BMI of 30 might be good candidates for the intragastric balloon method, while any other bariatric surgery requires a minimum BMI of 35. Those with a BMI over 40 might have a better result with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or laparoscopic gastric bypass. Again, however, it depends on the individual.

At the Institute, we treat the whole patient and provide a comprehensive obesity & bariatric program that helps you prepare for your surgery and maintain your weight loss through ongoing guidance and support. Every program and surgical procedure is customized for the individual, and we are dedicated to your success. It’s what we do, and we receive a lot of satisfaction from helping people improve their health, appearance, and quality of life.

If you have had an unsatisfactory bariatric surgery result or have begun to regain weight a year or more after your initial surgery, you may be a candidate for revision bariatric surgery.

Contact us today to set up a consultation and find out if weight loss surgery can help you restore your health and improve your quality of life.

Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

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

  • Board Certified Surgeon Specializing in Bariatrics
  • 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.
  • President of the ASMBS Foundation.

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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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