We understand that a decision to undergo a surgical procedure should not be taken lightly. That’s why at the Blessing Weight Loss Center our program is designed with the patient at the forefront and we will be sure to make you feel comfortable and educated about your procedure.



  • Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Click here to download and fill out our patient health history form. Or click here to fill out our online patient health history form.
  • Individual is 21-65 years old.
  • Individual has a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 40-60 - or greater than or equal to 35 and accompanied by at least one medical conditions such as a sleep disorder/CPAP usage, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hyperlipidemia or hypertension, are candidates to start the Weight Loss Program. To be a surgical bariatric candidate your BMI needs to be 50 or below.
  • Individual is motivated and willing to work with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Individual is deemed an acceptable risk for surgery. The initial medical screening at enrollment should reveal that the patient is able to ambulate at least 25 feet, does not require home oxygen use and does not surpass the above-mentioned age and BMI criteria.

Depth of Experience

Our Weight Loss Surgery team offers you expertise and personalized care.  They make sure that you understand all aspects of weight loss surgery. Our board certified providers Dr. Javeed Khan and Dr. Melissa Matrisch actively listen to better understand the needs of their patients' and to make sure that all questions are answered.     

Join Us for a Seminar

Join us for one of our Weight Loss Surgery Seminars and learn more about the services in our community to help you change your life. Seminars are free to all participants.

You can visit our Events site to view and register for any scheduled upcoming seminars. Search "weight loss" to find the next scheduled date.

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Click here to download and fill out a patient health history form to provide before you participate in the seminar! Or click here to fill out our online patient health history form.


Obesity-related health conditions that may be improved or resolved with weight loss surgery include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux/heartburn
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Skin breakdown
  • Swollen legs, skin ulcers
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Extremity venous stasis


Before undergoing the surgical procedure, we want to ensure you are fully prepared. That’s why we offer the following services prior to the procedure:

  • Orientation
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Psychosocial
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Medically Supervised Weight-loss Visits
  • Financial/Insurance Counseling


Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

This procedure generates weight loss solely through stomach restriction. The amount of food (or calories) that can be eaten is decreased by removing 85% or more of the stomach, thus causing weight loss. This is done without bypassing the intestines or causing any gastrointestinal malabsorption.


Lifelong follow-up care after weight-loss surgery is essential and it is available with the Blessing Health System. Support provided includes:

  • Medical Care
  • Psychosocial
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Support Groups


The Blessing Weight Loss Center invites to attend a free, informational seminar, which includes all options, risks and possible side effects. Our professional staff will be available to answer all your questions. Contact our office at (217) 214-5800 for more information on the next weight loss seminar or click here and search weight loss.