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Kentucky Bariatric Institute has resumed in-person appointments.

We are committed to providing high-quality care and protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors as we begin scheduling appointments in our offices once again.

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Your health safety is our priority.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Bariatric Institute has been carefully following guidance from the WEDCO District Health Department, Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we have continually monitored the prevalence of the virus in the community and taken all precautionary measures to conserve supplies and safeguard patients, providers and staff against the spread of COVID-19.


Kentucky Bariatric Institute will continue to screen everyone who enters the office and may ask patients to bring a cloth mask or bandana to wear during their visit. Visitors will be restricted to one person per patient until further notice. Additionally, our clinics have implemented new processes and procedures to further protect the health of patients, providers and employees. These include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Using block scheduling for sick and well patients;
  • Enabling patients to wait in their cars until their exam room is available, if medically appropriate;
  • Promoting social distancing in our waiting areas; and
  • All patients and staff will be screened with questions regarding respiratory symptoms and travel history and have their temperature taken upon arrival, per CDC recommendations.

Health Screening Process

You are going to be asked screening questions multiple times by multiple people, up until you are admitted for your procedure. The questions are part of our standard COVID-19 screening process and include asking if you have:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

If you are having a surgical procedure, you may be asked to:

  • Practice safer at-home behaviors to minimize potential exposure prior to your procedure. This means going a step further from social distancing – trying only to leave your home for critical needs such as groceries or going to the pharmacy. If you must leave for an essential purpose, you must wear a mask.
  • Undergo testing for COVID-19 prior to your procedure. Eric Smith will place the order for the test and provide instruction for where to go to receive your test. If your test happens to be positive, your procedure will be postponed, and you will be given instructions related to your care.
  • Prior to surgery, it may be necessary to repeat certain components of pre-operative care, such as medical clearance exams, X-rays or lab work, for example. Your provider will let you know if this is needed.
  • Our practice and the hospital are now operating under a one visitor per patient protocol (some exceptions may apply) out of an abundance of caution. The hospital will provide information on where to arrive and how your family member or caregiver will be updated on your procedure.
  • When you arrive at the hospital, you will be asked the same standard screening questions and asked to wear a mask. You are encouraged to bring your own mask or bandana from home to cover your mouth and nose.

Your health is very important to us, and we really appreciate your patience and understanding during this delay. We will be calling you in the near future to reschedule your surgery date and time. Thank you again for trusting us with your healthcare needs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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