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Weight Loss Surgery Program

Why Bariatric Surgery?

If you are overweight or obese, and have been unable to sustain weight loss through nonsurgical treatments, you can be evaluated for and, if appropriate, undergo potentially lifesaving bariatric surgery. In cases of severe obesity, bariatric (weight loss) surgery is the only proven method of achieving long-term weight control. 

In the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center Weight Loss Surgery Program, our multidisciplinary team of bariatric experts will see you through the entire process. We will help prepare you for surgery (medically, nutritionally and psychologically), and we will use the most advanced procedures that meet your needs. After surgery, we will assist you in committing to the lifestyle changes that will help ensure optimal success.

Program Overview

The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center Weight Loss Surgery Program offers the hope of a new beginning and long-term solutions for obesity. Our dedicated team of specialists with expertise in weight loss surgery is committed to helping you throughout this potentially life-changing journey.

The program is led by three highly experienced, board-certified surgeons: Alexander Nagle, MD, Eric S. Hungness, MD, and Ezra Teitelbaum, MD. Since 1999, the Bariatric Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has provided care to nearly 5,000 patients. Our staff and clinicians will work closely together to help ensure you receive the highest level of care and help you navigate through the insurance verification process.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

northwestern-medicine-mbsaqip-logoThe Weight Loss Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named a nationally accredited bariatric surgery program by the American College of Surgeons and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This designation is awarded to comprehensive programs with a proven record of favorable outcomes for weight-loss surgery.

Meet the Team

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The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center Weight Loss Surgery Program offers long-term solutions for obesity. Our specialists are experts in weight loss surgery and are committed to helping you throughout this potentially life-changing journey.

Meet the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center Weight Loss Surgery Team

Services Offered

Our experienced surgeons have performed more than 5,000 weight loss procedures and offer patients a number of surgical options.

Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery

Learn more about weight loss surgery and determine if you are a candidate.

Next Steps

If you would like to take the next step in your journey toward weight loss, register for a no-cost information seminar.

Weight Loss Surgery Patient Seminar

Attend one of our seminars. There is no cost to you. Seminars take place monthly from 4:30–6:30 pm at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

Call 312.695.7070 to reserve your spot. 

Weight Loss Surgery Program Application

Please complete your application and return it to us for review at our Weight Loss Surgery Seminar or submit by fax at: 312.695.2543 or to the email address below.

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Weight Loss Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Weight Loss Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Care Where You Need It

Northwestern Medicine offers weight management care conveniently located near you.