Rates of obesity are steadily growing in our community and across the nation. More than one in four Illinois residents is obese, and an estimated 6 percent are considered morbidly obese. Morbid obesity is closely associated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine health, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 40. or a BMI greater than 35 with serious associated (co-morbid) medical conditions is considered morbidly obese. Calculate your BMI.
Surgery for Weight Loss
Weight loss surgery is by far the most effective means of significant, long-term weight loss for people who struggle with morbid obesity. It requires comprehensive, expert care from an experienced team of surgeons and other medical professionals, like our team at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.
Bariatric surgery is performed at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Surgical weight loss care, before and after surgery, is offered in the following affiliate and satellite locations:
Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL
Passavant Area Hospital, Jacksonville, IL
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL
Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL
About Our Bariatric Surgery Program
Our program holds two prestigious, national awards from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
For our patients, this means they can rest assured that our bariatric surgery program meets the highest standards for patient safety, advocacy and clinical effectiveness.
For patients who struggle with obesity and need to lose a substantial amount of weight to reduce health risks, dieting and exercise alone may not be enough. Bariatric surgery, along with lifestyle changes, could be the right treatment option for you.