Innovative Weight Loss Solutions Team
In 2000, Geary Community Hospital started the first bariatric (weight loss) surgery program in Kansas. In the years since, we have honed this program into the strong team-based approach that Innovative Weight Loss Solutions (IWLS) is today.
With state-of-the-art facilities, our skilled surgeon, comprehensive nutrition education, and ongoing support, IWLS provides the compassionate, non-judgmental environment that fuels weight loss success.
Starting with your first phone call, the IWLS staff will provide the information, support and assistance that you need during your weight loss surgery journey. IWLS will check your insurance and obtain the insurance company’s criteria for weight loss surgery eligibility. IWLS staff will coordinate between the surgeon and hospital for pre-operative, operative, and post-operative needs.
The IWLS TEAM approach to success…
Innovative Weight Loss Solutions at Geary Community Hospital takes a comprehensive, team approach to caring for you, the patient. The surgeon, dietitian, and IWLS staff join you to develop an individualized program that will help achieve your weight loss goals and maintain them in the future.
A vital part of the post-surgery program is the comprehensive support system that we provide. This includes ongoing education about diet and nutrition both before and after surgery.
Chief Bariatric Surgeon
Fouad Hachem, MD, FACS
Dr. Hachem joined the IWLS team at Geary Community Hospital in 2007, after completing a rigorous fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery. Since then, Dr. Hachem has successfully performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Attend one of Dr. Hachem’s informational meetings to learn more about the procedures we offer and get advice on which procedure may be best for you and your particular health needs.
Jennifer Kirkpatrick, RD
Jennifer is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in dietetics. She joined Geary Community Hospital’s weight loss surgery team in 2001, and has worked exclusively with bariatric patients since 2003. She developed and continues to modify the nutrition education portion of the program based on the guidelines of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and on her own extensive experience with weight loss surgery patients.
Jennifer also assists with our non-surgical weight loss program, Getting Back on Track, by offering individual nutrition counseling sessions.
Morbid obesity is not a cosmetic problem. Medical science has clearly established that it is a critical health issue, with statistics demonstrating that life expectancies are dramatically shorter for people who are severely overweight. These same individuals are at higher risk of developing comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure which increase that risk even more.
Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality, and decrease the health risks from some common chronic diseases.
Discuss bariatric surgery with your doctor. Then contact Innovative Weight Loss Solutions. We will discuss your options with you one-on-one to help you make an informed decision about your future.
At Geary Community Hospital, the IWLS surgical weight loss program requires that individuals must meet ONE of the following criteria to be eligible for bariatric surgery:
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 40
- Have a BMI of 35-39 and at least one comorbid condition, such as diabetes, infertility, hypertension, depression, heart disease, or sleep apnea.
At IWLS, we offer three options for weight loss surgery. All are performed laparoscopically through several small incisions using long instruments and a small camera.
Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)
VSG is a restrictive procedure where a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is made into the shape of a narrow tube or banana, by removing approximately 60 to 80% of the stomach. The procedure works by not only reducing the size of the stomach but also removing the fundus, the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Gastric Bypass is a combination restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that both reduces the amount of food that the stomach can hold and also limits the amount of calories that are absorbed after eating.
A small pouch is created in the top portion of the stomach, and the remaining stomach is severed from that pouch. The intestine is then rerouted to the new, small pouch, bypassing a portion of the intestine that absorbs nutrients and calories.