Am I Really Ready?

Weight Loss Surgery  has helped thousands of patients in Chicago and around the world lose weight and keep it off. As you explore your weight loss options, you may be wondering — will bariatric surgery work for me? Typically, the answer is yes! Although it works for many people, adjustable gastric banding, gastric sleeve, and other forms of weight-loss surgery are not for everyone. If you are interested in bariatric surgery, you will need to consider your medical eligibility, your commitment to a new lifestyle, and your insurance coverage or financial ability to pay for surgery.


To determine if you are eligible for weight-loss surgery, we will need to make sure there are no medical obstacles in the way. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine if you have any conditions that could interfere with surgery. Because our main concern is that you lose weight safely, we may ask you to do some additional tests before giving you our final recommendation. Learn more about criteria for surgery.

While some of the preoperative testing can be performed in our clinic, some will need to be scheduled outside of our facility. We value your time as well as convenience, so we’ll not only tell you in advance what tests are required, but we’ll also schedule them for you. Starting with your first consultation, we will make sure you are well prepared for every stage of your weight-loss journey.

To talk to one of our doctors about medical considerations of weight-loss, schedule your one-on-one consultation today!


During the final few weeks before your procedure, you will probably ask yourself multiple times: Am I really ready for this? We understand how important and how difficult the final decision can be, and how big of a change you are making. Not only is the thought of surgery itself a bit scary, but also the changes that are to come after.

We know that the worst fear is fear of unknown, and this is why we will do everything to prepare you not only for the surgery, but for your new life afterward. One of the main objectives of our weight-loss program is to make your transition into a new lifestyle easier and more effective. The staff at our Chicago weight loss clinic is here to help and assist with any questions you may have.

Sometimes talking to a fellow weight-loss surgery patient may bring more answers than reading information online. If you have any questions or doubts concerning your procedure, please call our patient advocate to speak about her own weight-loss journey at 312-255-1900. You are also welcome to attend our DayOne support group, where you can meet and talk to other LAP-BAND patients.


Depending on your health insurance policy, you may be eligible for full coverage of your weight-loss procedure. We understand that the insurance lingo may be confusing, and that is why we at DayOne Health have an insurance and finance coordinator who can help you decipher ins and outs of your policy. To learn more about your insurance verification, please visit our insurance information page.

If you don’t have a health insurance, or if your insurance doesn’t cover the procedure, DayOne Health offers a self-pay option. Thanks to our affiliation with 900 N. Michigan Surgery Center, we are able to offer you very competitive pricing. We have also established relationships with several financing companies that allow us to provide our patients with very affordable financing options.

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2with one or more obesity-related co-morbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

Important: For full safety information please click here, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 1-855-551-3123

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