OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center

Evergreen Park, Illinois

Weight Loss Resources

Vitamins & Proteins

Vitamins, minerals and protein are essential for optimal functioning and live a long, healthy and happy life. By reducing food intake (smaller stomach) and/or absorption (gastric bypass), you risk deficiency.

The following websites provide a variety of products for you to choose from.

Bariatric News


Heart Disease

Information for Medical Professionals

Should You Refer? 

Bariatric surgery may be the most effective option for significant weight loss for patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or a BMI of 35 to 40 with obesity related complications.

Obesity Related Co-Morbidities*

Co-Morbidity Occurrence in the Obese
Diabetes 14-20%
Hypertension 25-55%
Hyperlipidemia 35-53%
Cardiac Disease 10-15%
Respiratory Disease (Sleep Apnea) 10-20%
Arthritis 20-25%
Depression 70-90%
Stress Incontinence 50%
Menstrual Irregularity 50%

*Source: Table 7 Bariatric Literature Review


Results confirm that reducing body fat in morbidly obese patients significantly reduces obesity-related health issues and mortality.

In the morbidly obese, studies show that factors such as exercise, diet, pharmacotherapy and alternative therapies may not be as effective for long-term weight loss in morbidly obese patients as bariatric surgery, which offers an average weight loss of 50 to 80 percent of excess body weight after one to five years.

Primary care physicians play a key role in determining potential candidates for bariatric surgery. If you have an obese patient who may benefit from surgery, refer him or her to the multi-disciplinary program at OSF Little Company of Mary Hospital for further evaluation.

Choosing The Best Program For Your Patients

The OSF Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center has been certified as a Center of Excellence by the Americal Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a proven track record of favorable bariatric surgery outcomes.

Our team has years of experience and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques. But we offer more than surgical support alone.

Together with a complete program including nutritional, exercise, and psychological support along with monthly groups and metabolic evaluation, the OSF Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center uses a whole range of treatments for lasting weight loss success. 

The bariatric team includes surgeons, internists, pulmonologists, psychologists, nurses, and dietitians trained and experienced in the care of surgical weight loss patients.