Referring Weight Loss Patients to Bariatric Specialists
For Health Professionals
Specialized medical and surgical help for your overweight patients
Nearly every physician has patients with serious medical problems related to excess weight. Many of these patients have tried repeatedly – and repeatedly failed – to lose that weight and keep it off. Both physicians and patients recognize that permanent weight reduction is a challenge requiring time, persistence and, in many cases, a partnership with specialized care.
Loyola University Health System offers a comprehensive program encompassing both medical weight loss and metabolic surgery. The program will help you address a wide range of health problems in your patients, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemias and much more. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team of bariatric specialists is backed by the extensive resources of a major academic medical center.
We are designated as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To achieve this accreditation, Loyola had to meet a number of rigorous institutional performance measures.
The Loyola difference
The Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care offers:
- Multifaceted medical and surgical programs with bariatric expertise in surgery, medicine, nutrition, psychology and exercise physiology
- Experience in a number of surgical approaches
- Treatments individually tailored to the needs of each patient
- State-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities specially designed for bariatric patients
- The resources of a nationally recognized academic medical center highly rated in related specialties, including cardiovascular care, endocrinology, orthopaedics, sleep disorders, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology and plastic surgery
- A commitment to work closely with the referring physician and our promise to send your patients back to you
Our comprehensive program begins with a medical evaluation
Loyola’s intensive, medically supervised weight-loss program is available to your patients on its own and in conjunction with surgery. In both cases, the program is supervised by board-certified physicians with special training in bariatric medicine.
Loyola’s program for bariatric surgery incorporates components of the medical program, both to screen and optimize the patient for surgery and for maintenance afterwards. Whether to have surgery, and the type of surgery to have, is determined in consultation with the patient and is based on his or her goals, eating habits, health and weight factors, and any previous surgery.
Loyola offers several types of surgery, and the vast majority are successfully completed laparoscopically. The surgeries include:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB)
Care for children and adolescents
The rate of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s and many doctors describe the problem as an epidemic. Primary care physicians can refer younger patients dealing with excess weight to the Loyola Child and Adolescent Weight Management Program.
Metabolic surgery resolves or improves multiple co-morbidities.
Who is eligible for weight-loss surgery at Loyola? We follow the NIH guidelines for adults: a BMI of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or more with significant weight-related co-morbidities. (Find out more about who is eligible.) Metabolic surgery can produce sometimes-dramatic remission or improvement in these conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Orthopaedic problems/degenerative joint disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Pseudotumor cerebri
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Venous stasis disease
We work in partnership with you and your patient
Loyola offers its specialized medical and surgical weight-loss programs as a tool to help you help your patients. We value your involvement, at whatever level works best for you.
Weight reduction is a long-term effort, challenging to patients and physicians. As patients work to maintain new lifestyles and diets, they require ongoing education, monitoring and support. We are available to you and your patient throughout that process.
We promise to keep you informed about what is being planned or considered for your patient, and to send you all test results and periodic reports. Loyola physicians have electronic access to patient information through Epic, our internal record-sharing system. Physicians outside the system can have secure, online access to patients’ electronic medical records – including laboratory and radiology results, physicians’ notes and more – through LoyolaConnect. Learn more or sign up for LoyolaConnect.
Meet our team
Loyola University Health System is proud to have recruited one of the country’s leading bariatric surgeons to head our center. Dr. Bipan Chand formerly practiced at the Cleveland Clinic, where he performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgeries. Our multidisciplinary approach to care brings together the expertise of skilled surgeons, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists. Learn more about our team.