Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD

General Surgery •  Male • Age 49
  
Dr. Ahuja
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

SSM Weight Management Services, Mt Vernon

5 Good Samaritan Way Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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(618) 899-1264

Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Mount Vernon, IL. He is affiliated with medical facilities Good Samaritan Regional Health Center and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ahuja to book an appointment.


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Dr. Ahuja accepts the following insurance:

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National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Dr. Ahuja's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Obesity
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja treats Obesity more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja performs Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

Sleeve Gastrectomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja performs Sleeve Gastrectomy more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja performs this procedure more than 85% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic

Dr. Ahuja's conditions and procedures:

  • Appendicitis
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia, Congenital
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Obesity
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia

Dr. Ahuja's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ahuja

4.9

Based on 68 ratings

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Dr. Ahuja and his entire team provide quality care. He is patient and thorough and I am thankful to have had him handle my surgery.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nealsi – Nov 26, 2020
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Dr.Ahuja is a great surgeon very concerned about his patients. Has great bedside manners, wants you to follow his advice and you will do great after surgery. Very likable and easy to talk to.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dianna King – Nov 12, 2020
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What can I say about Dr. Ahuja, He is different than most doctors, He answers every question I had ( and I have had ALOT ) explains everything in People language not all the Doctor wording. When he explains stuff he is very well and though so you understand 100%. I meet him when he was in Herrin IL in 2014. He did my first sleeve surgery. It worked good but unfortunately with medical issues I needed a revision cause of the major Gerd and scar tissue from other doctors. In July 2020 my initial visit with him at SSM, he never shamed me for being over weight and needing help. He understood I had other health conditions & explained how he could help. During surgery he kept my SO well informed. Overall Hes Very polite. He’s never rushed me through appts. He’s been a amazing surgeon. And gets down on his patients level to always make them aware and feel comfortable
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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BeckyB – Nov 06, 2020
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Dr. Ahuja is wonderful!!! From my initial visit, he never shamed me for being over weight. He understood I had other health conditions & explained how loosing weight would help my Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, & migraines. He actually sits there & listens to me while keeping eye contact the whole time. When I went back for my 1 week post-op, he gave me such wonderful words of encouragement & told me how great Im doing! Im SO glad I chose SSM Weight Management for my sleeve procedure!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Terra Buckner – Nov 05, 2020
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He is different than most doctors, answered every question I had, explained everything very well so that way I knew how everything was going to happen. Very polite. I did not feel my appointments were rushed as I do with some doctors. He is an amazing surgeon!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Oct 31, 2020
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Dr. Naresh was very professional and caring. He has an excellent bedside manner. I was very happy with the care I received and with the outcome of my surgery. The doctor explained in detail about the procedure.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Halina Moss – Oct 07, 2020
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I learned that SSM Health did bariatric surgery in Mt Vernon, IL. I met Dr. Ahuja about February of 2020. My first impression of Dr Ahuja was this guy is different then most doctors I had encountered. He was the first doctor who understood my weight issues. I was very impressed and knew he was the right doctor for me. He was caring but firm. He treated me with respect and true concern of my welfare. He answer every question I had. Then surgery day, we had a issue during surgery. I had a bad gallbladder. He personally came out talked to my wife about it. That very much impress me and my wife. He is a great doctor and he takes care of his patients. I would highly recommend him and his staff they are amazing team. One thing I also like is many of his staff have had bariatric surgery so they have been through it as well. So they are your biggest cheerleaders and they understand what your going through. They literally saved my life in more ways then one and created a better me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Lowell shaw – Sep 18, 2020
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My surgery went very well. I recommend dr ahuja to anyone. He is very well mannered and kind!!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Jul 22, 2020
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I absolutely love this doctor!! He looked out for me when I needed him the most!! I am very satisfied with my surgery and the results!!! I feel way better thank you so much Dr.Ahuja.
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Michelle Bruns – Jul 16, 2020
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So blessed to have found Dr Ahuja! I was seeking a second opinion when I was referred to Dr Ahuja by a family member. I am forever thankful I made the call to his office! He is an excellent surgeon and an extremely caring and attentive person. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Dr Ahuja for helping me! Also, I want to add, his assistant Fariahh Fazil is a wonderful and caring lady. They both make you feel comfortable being in their care! Thanks again!
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Melissa – Jun 24, 2020
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Dr. Ahuja performed an appendectomy on me on April 5. I was very pleased with everything. He explained everything completely. He was very pleasant and professional. I would recommend him and would certainly contact him again if needed.
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Apr 21, 2020
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I can't recommend Dr. Ahuja enough. I am extremely grateful to have been in his care after my appendix burst. I was told by another surgeon that they would not have been able to do what he did so I feel that says a lot about his work! Dr. Ahuja is extremely professional, skilled, and knowledgeable. He put me at ease before, during, and after my surgery by constantly checking on me and explaining things in a way both my family and I could easily understand. Just by listening to Dr. Ahuja talk, it is easy to tell he is compassionate and loves helping people based on their individual needs.
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John Norton – Mar 29, 2020
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Dr Ahuja was amazing. He is very kind and caring. He has an excellent bedside manner. I would highly recommend him.
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Mar 29, 2020
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Very nice. Explains everything very well. Great bedside manner.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Feb 20, 2020
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i had unexpected problems with my gallbladder on a Friday. DR.Ahuja ended up being on call. he was very prompt precise and thorough with my treatment. He made sure my family was kept up to date during the procedure.
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Feb 15, 2020
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Dr Ahuja is like no other. He makes you feel at ease, his beside manner is amazing and he cares about his patients. I was nervous until I met him and then I knew everything was going to be a-ok. I'm so glad to have been referred to him you can not ask for a better surgeon!
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Jasyn – Feb 13, 2020
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Dr. Ahuja is a excellent doctor/surgeon. He is professional, competent, caring, and compassionate. He takes the time to listen to his patients and makes them feel at ease. I recently had surgery and am doing very well - thanks to having Dr. Ahuja as my doctor. I am so thankful to him. I would recommend Dr. Ahuja 100+ percent.
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Mary Reynolds – Jan 24, 2020
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Dr.Ahuza was amazing with my mom.My mom was turned away by SIH said they would not touch her.They told me I had to take her to St Louis.She was referred to Dr .Ahuza . He did her hytel hernia surgery .He did amazing job !!!! This was no normal surgery!!!
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Jan 10, 2020
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Dr Ahuja is very Nice and knowledgeable about procedures and treatments
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jan 09, 2020
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Dr. Ahuja is very knowledgeable. Bedside manor is superb. Very compassionate. I’ve met several bariatric surgeons in my profession. None of which have ever came close to being better than this man. He’s performed surgery on several people that I know personally, as well as myself...We all say the same thing about him! There is no one better!
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe in patient doctor partnership and design a surgical plan "specific to individual patient"s need and comfort".

Biography

I am a board certified general surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive General, Foregut and Weight loss surgeries. I have been in general...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2009
U Pittsburgh
Fellowship Hospital
2008
Washington Hospital Center
Residency Hospital
2004
Uniformed Srvs U, Bethesda
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Washington Hospital Center
Internship Hospital

Awards

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Locations

SSM Weight Management Services, Mt Vernon

SSM Health Weight Management Services5 Good Samaritan Way Mount Vernon, IL 62864
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Ssm Health Medical Group

General & Vascular Surgery2 Good Samaritan Way Ste 235 Mount Vernon, IL 62864
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

Mount Vernon, IL

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2018)

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia

Centralia, IL

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)
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