Preparing for Bariatric Surgery


As soon as you come into our Institute, you will be treated like family. We know all of our patients by name, and you will meet Dr. Lutfi on your very first visit.

Meeting with Our Medical Assistant

First, you will see our medical assistant for a brief intake. She will measure your height, weight, and BMI. She will also record your current medications and also take your vital signs.

Meeting with One of Our Nurses

Next, our nurse will ask you questions about your medical history and explain our Obesity & Bariatric Program, including our surgical options.

Meeting with Our Dietitian

After that, our dietitian will introduce herself and explain her role with you during the program. She will also arrange an hour-long consultation for you in the near future to go over the details of your weight loss journey and the nutritional expectations after your procedure. She will talk with you about the special diet that you must follow leading up to the surgery as well as the reintroduction of solid foods after surgery.

Meeting with a Psychologist

Most insurance companies require that bariatric patients receive a psychological evaluation, so you will also make an appointment to see our Ph.D psychologist. We will set you up to take part in our staff-run support group as well.

Meeting Your Surgeon, Dr. Lutfi

Dr. Lutfi will then come in to meet you and may ask additional questions about your medical history if anything is unclear to him. It is important that he has a clear vision of your pulmonary, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal health. For example, he will want to know if you smoke, drink, or binge eat and if you are taking any medications.

Then, he’ll ask you to tell him what you envision for your body and your future. He’ll discuss your surgical options with you and help you come to a decision as to which procedure will be best for you.

Dr. Lutfi’s goal for your consultation is to make it informative, personalized for you, and also fun. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t smile as you get ready for this life-changing experience. We know it can be scary, but it’s also exciting! We’re honored to be a part of this journey with you.

Call us now to make an appointment with us and find out about our highly personalized, holistic, and caring Obesity & Bariatric Program.

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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