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Why Choose Us for Bariatric Surgery?

Experts in Weight Loss Surgery

As a multidisciplinary team, the surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine have nearly 20 years experience and have performed more than 2,000 weight loss procedures. Because of our experience with all bariatric surgery options, our experts can accurately recommend the best surgical treatment for each patient. Our experienced surgeons have better outcomes -- and lower mortality rates -- than most medical centers.

In addition, our surgeons regularly treat people who also have obesity-related problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and digestive disorders. In some cases, these conditions can make surgery more complex. Our experts draw on their years of experience to address each patient's specific needs before, during, and after surgery -- making the entire procedure safer for even the most difficult cases.

Video: Julia's Experience

After having the duodenal switch procedure, Julia Kilgore is feeling great and has a lot more energy.

Multidisciplinary Care Teams

Obesity is a complex, chronic medical disease. From medical history and eating behaviors to a number of psychological concerns, our patients are thoroughly evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Our team approach uses the latest research, technology, and ongoing nutritional, behavioral, and psychological support to give our patients the best care possible. The University of Chicago Medicine team includes:

  • Board-certified surgeons who are specialists in minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery
  • Certified nurse practitioner
  • Nurse clinician
  • Registered dietitians
  • Psychologist
  • Insurance coordinator

Because of our team approach and our affiliation with a top university medical center, our patients have easy access to numerous experts in other specialties -- including endocrinology and cardiology -- should they need treatment for obesity-related problems.

We also recognize that surgery may not be the best option for every patient. Together, the team and patient come to a decision about the treatment that best fits the patient's needs.

Minimally Invasive Approaches

Our surgeons are innovators in minimally invasive weight loss surgery. We were the first surgeons in the Chicago area to perform laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery. We are the only surgeons in the Midwest to perform duodenal switch surgery laparoscopically. Because nearly all of our procedures are performed laparoscopically, our patients have an average hospital stay of two days -- and a recovery time of only two to four weeks. » Read more about minimally invasive bariatric surgery.

Innovative Tracking System

The Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity is leading the way in managing your care before, during, and after weight loss surgery. We use a comprehensive online system for registration and tracking your post-operative care. In addition, this system allows our team to monitor your progress more efficiently. To learn more about this system, as well as our bariatric surgery program, we invite you to a bariatric surgery information session.


We provide pre-surgical evaluations and perform surgical procedures at our main campus in Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

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  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
  • Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy

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