Amy Kern – Breathing Easier after Weight Loss Surgery
New Lenox resident Amy Kern struggled with her weight her entire life. As she entered her late twenties, her health began to decline due to her weight. Her asthma became so bad she even had trouble breathing while sleeping. Amy also had severe pain in her back and knees after she would stand for a long period of time. After having her children, she tried several diet and exercise plans to lose weight, but just became frustrated when she kept gaining all the weight back.
“Since obesity runs in my family, I knew I had to get my weight to a healthy level before I got older,” said Amy, who had weight loss surgery at age 29.
Since losing 120 pounds after having laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery on January 5, 2015 with BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, Amy encourages others to see if weight loss surgery is an option for them to begin living a healthier life.
“Now after having weight loss surgery, my asthma has greatly improved. I now sleep without waking up, my back and knee pain is gone, and I’m not as susceptible to having diabetes or heart disease since my weight is lower,” said Amy. “Having weight loss surgery has made exercising easier and allowed me to have a ton more energy to do activities with my husband, Sean, and our two young children.”
Weight Loss Surgery Process
On a recommendation from a family member, Amy decided to attend BMI Surgery’s free informational session. “After listening to Dr. Brian Lahmann’s presentation, I understood that the program was merely a tool to lose weight and the real success depended on me making behavioral changes. I was impressed with the program, Dr. Lahmann and his staff at BMI Surgery. The support they said they would offer through the entire process made me feel confident that I could be successful with their program,” states Amy.
Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, with the help of many different departments at Silver Cross. “Patients see an exercise physiologist, dietitian, cardiologist, psychologist, pulmonologist, and a bariatric nurse to get them ready for surgery,” says Dr. Brian Lahmann. “We screen our patients very carefully to ensure their success and safety.”
“I’m so grateful for the thoughtful care that I received from Dr. Lahmann, his staff and the super nice nurses at Silver Cross Hospital. Thanks to all of them, I am living a healthier life,” said Amy.
“Amy is an amazing example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. Her impressive focus to sticking to the program by eating well and exercising was critical in her ability to lose 120 pounds in a year,” says Dr. Lahmann.
The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery defines the morbidly obese as those with a body mass of 35 or above with comorbidities, or for a normal height woman, being more than 100 pounds overweight. Patients with a BMI of 35 and higher, who are suffering the medical consequences of obesity, are often best treated with bariatric surgery as opposed to nonsurgical weight loss. Those who are morbidly obese are at a higher risk of mortality and such extreme obesity puts people at risk for life threatening disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
BMI Surgery has changed the lives of over 4,500 patients with life changing surgeries including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, ReShape, and Lap-Band and REALIZE gastric band systems at Silver Cross Hospital. Board certified laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons Brian Lahmann, M.D., and Christopher Joyce, M.D., are dedicated to helping patients win their personal battles with obesity and enjoy healthier lives. Their office is located on the Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital has been named a MBSAQIP accredited center – Comprehensive. BMI Surgery is also a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.
To find out more about the bariatric surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital, attend a free informational session on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery on any Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at BMI Surgery at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. Register to attend online.