Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I'm a candidate for bariatric surgery?

Only an experienced bariatric surgeon can make the final determination about whether you are a candidate. However, a good place to start is our Body Mass Index calculator. A BMI of 35 or over suggests that you may benefit from a bariatric procedure. The next step is to attend one of our free bariatric surgery seminars or schedule an appointment.

What are the risks of having a bariatric procedure?

As with any surgery, there are risks of complications. They include a wide array of issues, from bleeding and infection to pulmonary problems. That's why it is essential to consult with an experienced bariatric surgeon and get answers to your questions before deciding on a course of action.

Is bariatric surgery reversible?

In most cases, bariatric procedures performed at The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics are not intended to be temporary or reversible. They are generally considered permanent solutions designed to induce sustainable weight loss. However, if needed, both the Gastric Plication and the LAP-BAND® are reversible.

Which bariatric procedure is right for me?

Every bariatric procedure has its own set of benefits and risks. An experienced bariatric surgeon can help you determine which type of surgery would be best for you. The first step is to attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars.

Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?

Today, most major health insurance plans offer some coverage for bariatric surgery. The amount of coverage depends on a number of factors, including the type of insurance you have and the type of surgery. Our insurance specialist can help you understand the details of your plan. And if you don't have insurance or bariatric surgery is not covered by your plan, we can work with you to develop a flexible payment plan.

The insurance companies listed below are a summary of those accepted by the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics. If your insurance appears here, it does not guarantee that you have bariatric coverage or that you will meet the qualifications for the bariatric program.  Please call 773-665-3025 for assistance and more information. 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) HMO- (some plans, call for more information)**
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare (UHC)
  • Aetna

Depending on the rules of your health insurance plan, there may be additional requirements for coverage, including participation in a medically supervised weight-loss program.

Also, we are unable to take these health insurance types at this time but please check back in the future:

  • Medicaid

Why do I have to change the way I eat after bariatric surgery?

Because bariatric surgery reduces the capacity of your stomach, you can only consume small amounts of food. That means you have to be much more attentive to what you eat, so you continue to get the range of nutrients you need. We have a full-time dietician on staff to help you address this challenge. In addition, we offer pre-operative and post-operative classes in nutrition and meal planning.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

The amount of weight you lose depends on a variety of factors, including your overall health, your body's metabolism, the type of procedure you undergo and how effectively you manage your diet after surgery.

An average of 55% to 75% weight loss is expected after bariatric surgery.

Why should I have my surgery here?

Unlike many outpatient facilities, all of our procedures are performed inside Saint Joseph Hospital, which has been nationally and locally recognized for its superior safety record. You can be confident that you'll receive the highest level of medical care during your surgery and intensive monitoring during your recovery process.

We understand that

diets don't always work

Obesity is a serious and complex disease that affects the lives of 30% of Americans. At The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, we have the experience and tools to help you overcome obesity. We offer a complete range of surgical solutions to help you lose weight and the long-term support to help you keep it off.

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