OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

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Bariatric Surgery

Are You a Candidate?

Bariatric surgery is a medically proven way to treat obesity and has helped many people live a more fulfilling, active and healthier life. But it is part of an entire process of change.

You may have already tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, and these major lifestyle changes haven’t worked. You might want to be able to play with your kids, climb the stairs again, and you wonder if you’ll have support before, during and after bariatric surgery. 

That’s why our entire team is here: for you. OSF Medical Group performs bariatric surgery at it's sister hospital OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. OSF Medical Group is committed to high standards of quality for its surgical procedures as well as the complete lifestyle assistance that must accompany them. This section prepares you for weight loss surgery and explains the different surgical options available at our center.

Bariatric surgery can be particularly effective because it decreases the amount of food a patient can intake or reduces the amount the body can absorb or metabolize. The result of these procedures and continued support is that, over time, patients can lose up to 60-80% of their excess body weight over one year with gastric bypass surgery.

Are You a Candidate?

The typical candidate for bariatric treatment at OSF HealthCare is 18-64 years old or has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.

A patient is also a candidate if their BMI is between 35 and 40 and has one of the following obesity-related conditions:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart problems (cardiovascular disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Degenerative joint disease

All candidates should have tried yet failed multiple weight loss attempts through diets, exercise, behavior changes or weight loss drugs and exhibit a willingness to participate in the multidisciplinary program at OSF Medical Group. A strong determination and commitment to changing your lifestyle partnered with education are the main tools any bariatric patient needs to be a truly successful candidate.

Talk with Our Bariatric Team

Phone: (815) 229-7580

Meet our Bariatric Surgeon

  • Bariatric Surgery Center Mission

  • The goal of the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center is to provide excellent, personalized, local care for patients requesting weight loss surgery. We strive to assist you on achieving a realistic goal weight, a positive attitude about your health and an overall improved lifestyle. By strictly adhering to the recommendations and guidelines of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, we look forward in helping you in your journey for a longer life of healthy living.

    Because proper weight control management requires a motivated patient and continued support, we offer a multi-disciplinary program for healthy weight loss. We offer a wide range of services lead by an integrated team of specialists that will talk with you and explain every procedure in detail as well as keys for long-term success.

  • Our Services

    • Comprehensive surgical consultation

    • Minimally invasive laparoscopic and open gastric bypass surgery

    • Nutritional counseling

    • Psychological support and workshops

    • Monthly support group meetings

    • Long-term follow-up, including medical, nutritional and metabolic evaluation

  • Advanced, Minimally-Invasive Procedures

  • Specializing in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, including:

    • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery– is the most frequently performed and most researched weight loss surgery in the United States. During this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created by stapling part of the stomach and part of the intestine is attached to this pouch. Food bypasses a section of the intestine and reduces calorie absorption. The smaller stomach pouch limits the amount of food that can be ingested, so an altered diet and smaller portion sizes become a part of the lifestyle change.

    • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy– is recommended as a restrictive surgery and is performed as an alternative to Lap Band surgery. A portion of the stomach is removed and the remainder is formed into a sleeve without any intestinal detachment (re-routing). A smaller stomach causes patients to eat less but still feel full. An altered diet and smaller portion sizes are part of a lifelong change needed with this procedure. Because a portion of the stomach is removed, this surgery is not reversible.

    These procedures represent the latest advancements in bariatric surgery. With a lower rate of complications, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities, these procedures let you begin a new lifestyle sooner.

  • Weight Loss Benefits

  • The medical and emotional benefits of bariatric surgery begin almost immediately. Over time these benefits can include:

    • Sustained weight loss

    • Improvement or resolution of Type 2 diabetes

    • Lower blood pressure

    • Lower cholesterol

    • Improvement of sleep apnea

    • Improved mobility

    • Reduced osteoarthritis pain

    • Higher energy level

    • Improved self-esteem

  • Becoming a Patient

  • The first step is to call (815) 229-7580 to be scheduled for a one hour informational session reviewing your weight loss journey options. Next, one of our Mission Partners will assist you in verifying your insurance requirements if applicable.

    Lastly, you'll meet with the surgeon to determine what kind of weight loss surgery is best for you. You'll learn about available surgical procedures, possible side effects and how your habits will have to change. A strong determination and commitment to changing your lifestyle partnered with education are the main tools any bariatric patient needs to be a truly successful candidate.

  • Post-Surgery

  • After surgery, your lifestyle will need to include a healthy diet, regular exercise and adherence to a comprehensive follow-up schedule. Within six to eight weeks, most patients return to a normal diet. You will need to chew your food well, eat slowly and refrain from drinking with your meals.

    Although you should be able to eat most foods after surgery, some food intolerance may be experienced. Your hospital stay after gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy will range from 1-2 days. You will need between one to six weeks off work following surgery depending on the amount of lifting and physical activity associated with your job and your surgeon's recommendation.