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Bariatric Surgery

Sajida Ahad, MDThe Bariatrics Program at St. John's Hospital is a comprehensive clinic that treats people with obesity concerns and issues. We offer a well-rounded medical management and surgical program which treats each patient as an individual. We feel this is what sets us apart from other weight loss programs. Many people struggling with morbid obesity cannot achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone.



What is morbid obesity?

Morbid obesity is when your weight threatens either your health or life. It is a disease in which the accumulation of excess fatty tissue interferes with other bodily organs causing serious, life-threatening health problems, including: diabetes high blood pressure premature joint stress sleep problems many other health concerns Through bariatric (or weight loss) surgery, along with a change in dietary habits, most people can improve their lives dramatically. The term bariatric surgery is used to describe the various surgical procedures available to treat obesity by modifying the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient intake and/or absorption.

See video of Dr. Ahad talking about Bariatric Surgery



Thank you for your interest in the St. John’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery.  Whether you are interested in medical management with counselor and dietician support or one of the many surgeries available for obesity, we will work with you to accomplish your weight loss goals.

We are excited about the many opportunities available to you in our comprehensive weight loss program.  By attending the upcoming seminar you will be taking the first step in joining a team of physicians, nurses, counselors and dieticians dedicated in leading you to a healthier lifestyle.

Our informational seminars, conducted by Dr. Sajida Ahad and the bariatric team, are offered free of charge on the dates listed below.  They are held from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Dove Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute, located at 619 E. Mason Street, Springfield, IL 62769.  St. John’s website will reflect any updates to the dates/times of informational seminars. 

Registration is encouraged by calling (217) 757-6979.

As mentioned, seminars are from 5:00pm-7:00pm.



  • June 24, 2013
  • July 22, 2013
  • August 26, 2013
  • September 16, 2013
  • October 28, 2013
  • November 25, 2013
  • January 27, 2014
  • February 24, 2014
  • March 17, 2014
  • April 28, 2014
  • May 19, 2014
  • June 23, 2014
  • July 28, 2014
  • August 25, 2014
  • September 22, 2014
  • October 27, 2014
  • November 24, 2014

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

2013 Bariatric Support Group Meetings Support Group Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 11am-12pm in the Center For Living Classroom in the Prairie Heart Institute (unless otherwise noted) and the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Dove Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason St. Please review the St. John’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Website to confirm dates/times of support groups. Any changes to the schedule will be updated on the website


Date Time Location Facilitator
November 19 5:30pm-6:30pm Dove Lisa Reith
December 3 11am-12pm Center for Living Bridget Rolens
December 17 5:30pm-6:30pm Dove Bridget Rolens


Date Time Location Facilitator
January 28 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dove Barb Reagan
February 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dove Tonya Hedges
March 18 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Lisa Reith
April 15 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Clothing Exchange
May 20 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Mary Perlman
June 17 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Lisa Reith
July 15 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Bridget Rolens
August 19 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Cathy Crawford
September 16 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Mary Perlman
October 21 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Tony Hedges
November 18 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Bridget Rolens
December 16 5:30pm - 6:30 pm Dove Cathy Crawford