Benefits of Bariatric Surgery


Permanent Weight Loss

Obesity is a disease. The most obvious benefit of bariatric surgery is permanent weight loss amd thus, curing obesity and obesity-related health problems. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to lose weight only from diet and exercise. This is because the body becomes accustomed to your current weight and in an effort to help you survive, tries to maintain that weight. Certainly, some patients can achieve significant weight loss without surgery, but for many, surgery is an opportunity to improve serious health problems and significantly improve quality of life.

Better Health

Perhaps the most dramatic and beneficial result of bariatric surgery is improved health and even a prolonged life. Below are some of the main health issues that are often improved or even resolved as a result of weight loss surgery:

Type 2 Diabetes – More than half of patients with type 2 diabetes are obese. Studies show that obesity leads to insulin resistance, which often results in a diagnosis of diabetes. With weight loss through the help of bariatric surgery—along with diet and exercise—patients see improvement and even resolution of type 2 diabetes.

Heart Disease, Stroke, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol – Obesity puts tremendous strain on the heart and causes high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which contribute to heart disease. Another benefit of bariatric surgery is reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Cancer – According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 20% of deaths from cancer are a result of excess weight. Therefore, obesity increases the risk of several types of cancer, and bariatric surgery decreases that risk.

Joint Issues – Osteoarthritis and other joint problems are often improved or alleviated when there is less weight putting pressure on the joints. The pain, stiffness, and degeneration associated with arthritis are also improved and sometimes resolved after bariatric surgery.

Sexual and Fertility Problems – Men with obesity often suffer from erectile dysfunction, while women frequently experience infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Bariatric surgery often improves or resolves these issues so that many male patients can have sex again, and many female patients of childbearing age can become pregnant.

Sleep Disorders – Sleep apnea is a common problem among those who carry excess weight. When the condition causing sleep apnea is relieved, the problem is improved or ceases. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because it prevents the body from receiving enough oxygen and disrupts sleep, which is important for overall health. Snoring, which is a symptom of sleep apnea, is also frequently resolved after bariatric surgery. Many patients are able to stop using CPAP machines.

Asthma – Asthma attacks usually decrease after bariatric surgery. For some patients, they stop altogether, and steroid use can be discontinued.

Incontinence – Some obese patients struggle to control urine. Weight loss reduces pressure on the bladder, which in turn improves or resolves incontinence.

Depression – Low self-image and social isolation, sometimes experienced in those with obesity frequently results in depression. Bariatric surgery can improve self-esteem and alleviate depression.

Improved Appearance

When people think of the benefits of bariatric surgery, one of the first things that comes to mind is appearance. Looking better, fitting more easily in clothes, and feeling better about one’s appearance can have an enormous impact on a person’s life.

Quality of Life

For Dr. Lutfi, the greatest satisfaction is watching his patients enjoy an improved quality of life. Some are able to have sex and become pregnant for the first time in years. Some are able to tie their shoes and play with children again, fit in an airplane seat, or attend a stadium concert or sports event. These are the kinds of things that the average person takes for granted, but those suffering from obesity are often deprived of. The Institute’s Obesity & Bariatric Program can make these activities and experiences commonplace again.

Contact us today to find out more about how bariatric surgery can improve your health, appearance, and 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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