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.

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Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

Rami Lutfi, MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Past President, Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery
  • Founder, Midwest Bariatric Summit
  • Travels internationally training other metabolic and bariatric surgeons on the most recent, innovative techniques utilized today
  • Performed thousands of bariatric procedures, and written extensively about metabolic and bariatric surgery for leading medical journals
  • Performed the first laparoscopic gastric sleeve in the state of Illinois
  • Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery and Weight Loss, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program Director, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Completed Clinical Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Vanderbilt University
  • Completed Research Fellowship in Foregut Disorders and Obesity, Vanderbilt University

 

 

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