Bariatrics Program

It has been estimated that over 64% of all U.S. adults are considered overweight and over 30% are diagnosed as obese. According to the Surgeon General, obesity has reached epidemic proportions nationwide. The health effects associated with morbid obesity are numerous and can be disabling. Often, individuals with morbid obesity suffer from more than one health effect, creating a situation that can shorten life span and negatively impact quality of life. It is estimated that 325,000 obesity-related deaths occur annually.

In the wake of this growing national health problem, Jackson Purchase Medical Center has created the Bariatrics at Jackson Purchase Medical Center – a surgical weight loss program that utilizes Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve, and the Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding System for the treatment of obesity. Dr. Zied Keilani is the director of the program.

It is important to understand that weight loss should be gradual, sustained, and accompanied by careful attention to proper nutrition. Understand that you are not alone, and we are here to help you overcome this disease and put you on the track of a healthy life.

For more information on bariatric surgery, contact Pamela Elkins at (270) 251-4527.

For more information on financing options for bariatric surgery, click here.

About the Program
Jackson Purchase Medical Center is the home to the area’s only bariatric center in Western Kentucky with a fellowship-trained surgeon in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. We have put together a comprehensive bariatric surgery program, utilizing Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve, and the Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding System, which is multidisciplinary in nature. Our program includes a bariatric nurse, nutritionist, insurance coordinator, a psychologist, and more. Patients selected as potential candidates for bariatric surgery undergo a thorough medical evaluation and psychological and dietary screening prior to surgery.

About Surgical Weight Loss
Like any major surgery, there are underlying risks. However, the benefits are worth noting. Surgery and the associated weight loss can reduce the rate of obesity related diseases by 95% within the first year. Patients can lead a healthier lifestyle, lower their disease risk and stop taking drugs for related diseases such as diabetes.

Throughout this entire process, Dr. Keilani uses his training, skills and experience to perform your surgery ... and change your life.