Phil Martinez had lost weight in the past, but found it difficult to stay on track, eventually topping 360 pounds; a far cry from his 1989 wedding weight of 179. Suffering from sleep apnea and exhaustion, the 55-year-old Joliet psychotherapist decided he needed to take more drastic action to be there for his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Rachel and Marin.
Martinez lost nearly 100 pounds through the Atkins diet, but sustaining it was difficult. He researched weight loss surgery but not until a friend from his church, who had the surgery with BMI at Silver Cross Hospital, shared her experience did he decide to go through with it.
“She told me it was great. So I thought, ‘I’m desperate and I need to do something,’” Martinez said. He attended the informational seminars, and decided to go forward.
At the time of his surgery in April 2016, Martinez weighed 328 pounds. “My pipe dream was to lose 120 pounds total,” he said.
The first week after surgery, he was able to stop taking his blood pressure medication. After the first month, he dropped 70 pounds and started keeping a journal of his weight loss. By August Martinez had reached his goal. Six months after surgery he was at 199 pounds. This past April, at his yearly visit, he weighed 179 pounds; his wedding weight of nearly 28 years ago. In July, he dropped to 169 pounds. Martinez’s total weight loss: 159 pounds, nearly half his weight.
“My quality of life has changed 180 degrees. I sleep a solid 7 hours a night. The core morbidities such as pre-diabetes and morbid obesity aren’t factors anymore.”
Laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons Brian Lahmann, M.D., and Christopher Joyce, M.D., are dedicated to helping patients win their personal battles with obesity. Their office is located on the Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.
Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox
815-300-1100 or visit www.silvercross.org.