Mercy Lap-band


Rami E. Lutfi, MD
Medical Director


For more information on Mercy’s LAP-BAND Program, call 312-567-BAND(2263), or email

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Lap Band Surgery | Bariatric Surgery

Weight Loss for Life
Mercy knows that losing weight isn't simply a matter of mind over matter and many men and women struggle with their weight despite repeated dieting. For some overweight and obese people, diet and exercise alone simply cannot achieve long-term adequate weight loss. For these individuals, Mercy offers a sophisticated weight-loss surgery option called LAP-BAND® . This minimally invasive procedure uses an innovative adjustable gastric banding system that reduces the size of the stomach, limiting how much a person can eat and increasing the time it takes the body to digest food. Mercy is a leader in this innovative weight loss surgery, performing more LAP-BAND® surgeries in the state of Illinois and offering a Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery (LESS) option to LAP-BAND® patients that leaves no visible scarring. At Mercy, we are helping those living with obesity experience long-term, permanent weight loss.

The LAP-BAND® System's silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch, which can hold only a small amount of food. The lower, larger part of the stomach is below the band. Food passes slowly through the outlet (band) from the upper stomach pouch to the lower part more slowly, causing a sense of fullness that lasts longer.



The expert surgeons at Mercy Hospital have found the LAP-BAND® procedure to be the lowest-risk and least invasive weight loss surgery option for adults. For that reason, here at Mercy, we focus exclusively on LAP-BAND® surgery. Its advantages include:

  • Minimally invasive surgical technique
  • Adjustable-safest bariatric procedure
  • Reversible
  • Shortened overnight hospital stay
  • Quick recovery
  • Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery (LESS) option

Multi-disciplinary Program Led by Renowned Experts

Mercy provides a well-rounded, comprehensive LAP-BAND® program led by a team of experts. Mercy's expert team of clinicians includes board certified surgeons who are specialty trained in minimally invasive surgery and renowned in their field. In fact, Mercy surgeons are among only a few in the nation to offer the Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery (LESS) option to LAP-BAND® patients, leaving no visible scar. Mercy's multidisciplinary program includes a designated dietician, psychologist, exercise physiologist and program coordinator. Working together, Mercy's LAP-BAND® team has performed the highest volume of LAP-BAND® surgeries in Illinois bringing an unparalleled level of experience and knowledge to patients. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach places Mercy at the top among other weight loss centers in Chicago.

A Minimally Invasive Option with No Visible Scarring

As a leader in weight loss surgery, Mercy surgeons offer a minimally invasive technique to LAP-BAND® patients that leaves no visible scarring. Rather than the traditional five small incisions, Mercy surgeons use a Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery (LESS) technique creating a half-inch incision, deep in the umbilicus. The single incision is essentially hidden in the umbilicus leaving no obvious scarring. Mercy surgeons are one of only a few in the nation to widely implement the LESS technique.

Expert, Convenient Care

Obesity rates are on the rise and 65 percent of U.S. adults are now overweight or obese significantly increasing their risk for a number of diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and cancer. As a leading hospital in Chicago Mercy offers patients who are considering LAP-BAND® the comfort and convenience of having all of their health care needs met in one location. Each program is staffed with experts who are renowned in their fields and are ready to address any existing health conditions as a result of increased weight including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, respiratory issues, sleep disorders, joint concerns, and behavioral issues.

While many factors are considered to determine candidacy for the LAP-BAND® procedure, generally if you are 100 pounds overweight and other weight loss programs have not worked for you, the LAP-BAND® program may be the right choice for you. It is important to remember that LAP-BAND® is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake and reducing appetite. You must play an active role to lose weight and keep it off by adopting a different, healthier lifestyle and eating pattern for the rest of your life. Support is one of the key factors in having a successful LAP-BAND® procedure. As such, you will be invited to join our LAP-BAND® support group offered weekly after approval for surgery. Support groups are offered 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after surgery with the option to join a long-term support group.

With the increased understanding of the health risks associated with overweight and obesity, many insurance plans now covering bariatric surgery including the LAP-BAND® system. Mercy's LAP-BAND program provides a dedicated staff member to help you find your way through the sometimes overwhelming approval process and help you understand and maximize your health benefits. In addition, Mercy offers a cash price option for patients who do not have insurance. For more information, please call 312.567.BAND or attend a free introductory seminar.

Begin Your Journey

Your journey begins with a FREE introductory, informative seminar given by one of Mercy's expert surgeons, followed by extensive pre-operative evaluation. We offer 12 weeks of pre-operative group sessions with a nutritionist and psychologist where participants learn about the LAP-BAND® surgery, living with the band, and how it will improve their health. At Mercy, our LAP-BAND® Program is not just a surgical procedure, but also a change in lifestyle offering you continuous support through out your journey before and after surgery. At Mercy, we are helping those living with obesity regain control and live healthier, active and fulfilling lives.

Attending one of our seminars is the first step on your journey to long-term, permanent weight loss for life and will help you determine if LAP-BAND® is the right choice for you. Upcoming dates are below. To reserve your space, call 312.567.BAND (2263), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or register online below.

Lap-BAND® Information Sessions

Mercy offers two convenient information session options to help you begin your journey.

Video Session
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In-Person Sessions

Monday, June 15, 2015, 6pm Register Now
Friday, July 17, 2015, 2pm Register Now
Monday, August 17, 2015, 6pm Register Now
Friday, September 18, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015