Life After Surgery


Bariatric surgery is just the beginning of your weight loss journey, so your treatment at our Institute does not end with your procedure. Our team will continue to work with you and help you to maintain your new lifestyle. We function almost like coaches to make sure you are well-informed and never lose your enthusiasm for eating healthy, exercising, and adhering to your new lifestyle.

Having a strong support system is crucial to long-term weight loss success. Our monthly support group, led by our dietitian, consists of a 20-30 minute presentation or guest speaker and at least 30 minutes of open discussion. It helps to talk with others who are going through the same experience. You are able to learn from each other and be reassured that you are not alone. For example, if you tend to turn to food during stress, the support group and our dietitian can help you develop new habits to cope with stress in a healthy way.

We want to do everything we can to help you develop healthy eating and exercise habits so that you can be successful in reaching your goals. We want you to feel good, look good, and be healthier!

Your Post-Surgical Plan

Once you have properly healed and advanced to solid foods, you should continue to focus on foods that fuel your body and promote weight loss including lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You should focus on drinking adequate water, sugar-free and non-carbonated beverages, and limiting caffeine intake. Our dietitian will provide you with a detailed nutritional plan and exercise plan to make eating healthy and exercising as enjoyable and easy to adhere to as possible.

Remember that you aren’t on a “diet.” You’re making lifestyle changes. We will advise you to eat small meals and to never skip meals. Skipping meals can make you feel very hungry, which could lead to overeating. You should keep healthy foods handy so that you aren’t tempted to reach for unhealthy options.

It can be quite an adjustment to change your eating habits, but with our support, you will reap the benefits. You will feel better physically and emotionally, you will look better, and you will be healthier. These rewards will be well worth your efforts.

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Plastic Surgery

Patients who have bariatric surgery adjust to their new shape differently after weight loss. This results in various degrees of excess skin in different places. While for most, this is not a major problem, some chose to optimize their cosmetic results and remove or tighten their skin in certain areas.

We work with plastic surgeons who specialize in breast lifts and breast augmentation, different forms of abdominoplasty, thighplasty, buttocks lifts, and other options.

Contact us today about our state-of-the-art bariatric procedures with Dr. Rami Lutfi.

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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