Day of Surgery


We know that you will feel nervous when you arrive for your surgery, so we will do everything we can to help you feel at ease. Dr. Lutfi and our staff will answer any remaining questions you have, and we’ll review the day’s plans with you. We want to make sure that you know exactly what to expect and feel as comfortable as possible.

Feel free to bring someone with you for further support!

Below is a general rundown of what will happen on your surgery date:

  1. You will come into the hospital and be checked in by registration. You will complete some papers with our help.
  2. You will then change into a surgical gown, get an IV started, go over some questions, and meet your team.
  3. The nurse from Dr. Lutfi’s office and Dr. Lutfi will stop by to answer and questions and confirm the plan.
  4. You will be taken to the operating room, where we will place pads on your chest that monitor your heartbeat.
  5. You will be given an oxygen mask to wear during surgery.
  6. Our anesthesiologist will hook you up to intravenous anesthesia to help you begin to fall asleep. The IV will also contain pain medication. As a result of the anesthesia, you will be completely asleep during your surgery.
  7. After your surgery is complete, you will be taken to the recovery room, where you will wake up when the anesthesia has worn off.
  8. You will stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day.
  9. When it’s time to discharge you from the hospital, you will need a friend or family member to take you home. We will set up an appointment for your first follow-up with Dr. Lutfi, and we’ll give you full instructions for taking care of yourself at home.
  10. We’ll provide you with a pain medication prescription, as well as an eating plan. At first, you will be on a liquid diet and slowly progress to normal food over the course of 30 days.

Dr. Lutfi and his staff will be available to you by phone to answer any questions or concerns. Our Institute will be your support system during your recovery and beyond. We’re dedicated to your entire weight loss journey!

Contact us now to find out more about weight loss surgery and our thorough Obesity & Bariatric Program.

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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