Support Group

At the Chicago Institute of Advanced Surgery, we believe that having a strong support system is key to long-term success after bariatric surgery. Each meeting provides the support patients need to help achieve and maintain weight-loss goals. 

The support group, led by our registered dietitian, also provides an opportunity to share experiences, feelings, and concerns. This group is open to anyone that had, or is preparing to have bariatric surgery.

Why Are Support Groups Important?

Bariatric surgery is a tool to help you in your journey of weight loss. It is not a complete solution that will cure obesity alone. In order to achieve lasting success, lifestyle changes must be made that complement the weight loss surgery. One of the best ways to educate yourself, feel the support of a community, and get advice from others is to attend the bariatric surgery support group at the Chicago Institute of Advanced Surgery.

Lutfi Forward Support Group

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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