Debbie Mironas had lost 100 pounds — twice. On her third try the New Lenox resident was determined to keep the weight off.
“Through BMI Surgery’s bariatric surgery program, I finally learned what was truly healthy to eat and what was not,” said Mironas, adding that her life changed for the better after having laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery on May 2, 2016 at Silver Cross Hospital, in New Lenox.
Since losing 109 pounds after her weight loss surgery, Mironas 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.
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 bariatric surgeon
Dr. Christopher Joyce. “We screen our patients very carefully to ensure their success and safety.”
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.
For more information attend a free 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 at www.silvercross.org.
Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox
815-300-1100 or visit www.silvercross.org.