Third Time’s a Charm in Losing 100 Pounds
Twice in her life, Debra “Debbie” Mironas has lost 100 pounds, but she struggled to maintain the healthier weight. “I wanted to ensure that my third attempt at losing 100 pounds was going to keep the weight off,” said Mironas. “Through BMI Surgery’s bariatric surgery program, I finally learned what was truly healthy to eat and what was not.” Debbie says her life has changed for the better since having laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery on May 2, 2016 with BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital.
Since losing 109 pounds after having weight loss surgery, the New Lenox resident no longer takes high blood pressure medication. “Not only has my health improved since surgery, I now have the motivation and stamina to exercise 6 days a week and hike with my sons,” said the 58 year-old. “Also since I am no longer exhausted after work, I run errands to free up my weekends to enjoy time with my family and friends.”
Advice for Others
“If you’re thinking of weight loss surgery, my advice is simple – just go for it!” said Debra. “No matter what your age, attend an informational meeting to see if weight loss surgery is right for you. Rest assured, you will be in good hands. Dr. Joyce, his staff, and the nurses at Silver Cross Hospital are so supportive and attentive to all your needs.”
Weight Loss Surgery Process
At BMI Surgery’s free informational session, patients learn how the program is only a tool to lose weight, since they need to make the behavioral changes in order to lose weight.
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. Christopher Joyce. “We screen our patients very carefully to ensure their success and safety.”
“Debbie is an excellent example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. Her enthusiasm and commitment to follow the program by eating well and exercising was instrumental in her ability to lose 109 pounds,” says Dr. Joyce.
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 5,500 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 any Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in BMI Surgery’s office on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. Register to attend online.