How do I know if bariatric surgery is right for me?

The decision to have bariatric surgery is an important and often difficult one. The bariatric surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine have been leaders in the field of bariatrics for more than 15 years and are ready to support and guide you through the decision-making process.

 Bariatric surgerons: Yalini Vigneswaran, MD, MS, Vivek N. Prachand, MD, Mustafa Hussain, MD
Our surgeons specialize in complex cases, and they have the experience required to treat patients who need additional care due to existing medical conditions.

We can help educate you on the types of bariatric surgery and determine what is best for you.

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Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

Our bariatric surgical teams are among the best, most experienced and innovative in the world when it comes to minimally invasive obesity surgery. They have performed more of these procedures than any other bariatric surgeons in the Midwest. In fact, our board-certified bariatric surgeons were the first in the Chicago area to perform laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and the first in the Midwest to perform laparoscopic duodenal switch surgery, which offers hope for the most severely obese patients.

National Leaders in Excellence

We are recognized as national leaders for the multidisciplinary and individualized approach we provide in caring for our patients. We understand obesity is a complex, chronic condition and tailor surgical treatment to each individual, ensuring each patient gets the best outcome possible.

Treating Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions

Patients with chronic conditions related or unrelated to obesity have access to hundreds of respected specialists in:

In fact, we regularly treat patients who require special surgical expertise due to their existing medical conditions, and we specialize in complex cases.

Our scientific and technical expertise is recognized by practicing bariatric surgeons from around the country who come to learn and observe from us. UChicago Medicine has an active role in the national efforts of obesity surgery education. Other centers from around the country send their complex patients to be treated by our bariatrics program.

Recognized as Leaders in the Field of Bariatrics 

Our center has been awarded the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction for Bariatric Surgery and has been named an Institute of Quality for Bariatric Surgery by Aetna, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by Cigna. Additionally, we are accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

Accredited Center for Bariatric Surgery Badge - American College of Surgeons

Bariatric Surgery and Telemedicine 

We offer convenient telemedicine options for bariatric surgery patients, allowing you to easily schedule phone or video calls with us from the comfort and safety of your home. Our virtual visits are simple and can occur through any web accessible mobile device, tablet, laptop or home computer. You can now access our world-class care from anywhere. 

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To speak to someone directly, please call 1-773-702-1618. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.


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