Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity

Bariatric surgery team Vivek Prachand, MD, John Alverdy, MD, and Mustafa Hussain, MD

The University of Chicago Medicine is nationally recognized for its surgical weight loss program, which offers state-of-the-art approaches to obesity through surgical means.

Because we have been a leader in the field of bariatrics for more than 12 years, our multidisciplinary team is the most experienced in the Chicago area. Here, we have board-certified surgeons specializing in advanced minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical techniques as well as bariatric surgery.

Because we have been a leader in the field of bariatrics for more than 12 years, our multidisciplinary team is the most experienced in the Chicago area. Here, we have board-certified surgeons specializing in advanced minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical techniques as well as bariatric surgery.

We are one of a few programs in the country -- and the only program in the Midwest -- that offers all four major surgical options for the treatment of severe obesity using minimally invasive techniques:

  • Roux-en Y gastric bypass (RYGB)
  • Adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band®)
  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS)
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)

With minimally invasive surgery, patients experience less pain, less scarring, and a shorter hospital stay than traditional surgeries.

Our program has earned the American Society for Bariatric Surgery's designation as a Center of Excellence -- signifying the highest standards in weight loss surgery. Only a select group of bariatric surgery programs in the nation have met the requirements to achieve this important distinction.

Bariatric surgery center of excellence logo

We recognize that obesity is a complex, chronic condition. We tailor surgical treatment to each individual -- ensuring the most beneficial outcomes for the patient. In addition, patients with chronic conditions related or unrelated to obesity have access to hundreds of respected specialists in diabetes, heart disease, digestive problems, and other disorders. In fact, we regularly treat patients who require special surgical expertise due to other complicating conditions.