Reducing Bariatric Surgery Risks During COVID-19: Expert Q&A

Obesity and the related problems of diabetes and hypertension are among the biggest risk factors for COVID-19, prompting many patients to turn to medical procedures that induce weight loss.

Surgeons, Dr. Mustafa Hussain, Dr. Vivek Prachand, and Dr. Yalini Vigneswaran join us to answer your questions about the benefits of weight loss surgery, minimally invasive options, and other resources offered at UChicago Medicine.

Mustafa Hussain, MD

Mustafa Hussain, MD

Mustafa Hussain, MD, has advanced training in bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology. Dr. Hussain has expertise in all standard primary weight loss surgeries, including the Lap-Band procedure, sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and duodenal switch.

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Vivek N. Prachand, MD

Vivek Prachand, MD

Dr. Prachand is an expert in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. He is one of the only surgeons worldwide who regularly performs the laparoscopic duodenal switch for obese patients.

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Yalini Vigneswaran, MD

Yalini Vigneswaran, MD, MS

Yalini Vigneswaran, MD, MS, is an advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in esophageal and gastric disorders, including motility disorders, esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancers, reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias.

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