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Fisherman Thriving After Losing 202 Pounds with Weight Loss Surgery

BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital changes life of Joliet man.

For many years Dan Brown of Joliet has been passionate about bass fishing. Unfortunately, because he weighed over 400 pounds, he was unable to participate in many fishing tournaments for years, as he was unable to endure the extreme heat.

However, after losing 202 pounds in 11 months as a result of his weight loss surgery at Brown is now able to fish in the warm weather because the extreme temperatures no longer bother him.

“As a result of my weight loss surgery, I can now fully enjoy one of my life’s passions and competitively fish for hours while enjoying the beautiful outdoors,” said Brown, 49.

A sponsored article by Silver Cross Hospital.

In addition to fishing, Brown is able to vacation more often and do simple tasks that he was unable to do prior to his surgery.

“Since I lost weight, I have been able to enjoy vacations. Recently, my family and I went to Walt Disney World, and I was able to go on all the rides. I felt like a kid again,” Brown said. “But most of all, I am so happy to easily accomplish simple tasks like getting in and out of my car.”

Prior to his weight loss surgery, Brown’s health was very poor. He took around eight pills a day. He had diabetes, which required him to take five to seven insulin shots daily. He suffered from sleep apnea and had to use a CPAP machine every night. In addition, he had acid reflux and pain in his feet and legs.

But his health has improved immensely since his surgery. He no longer takes any medications or suffers from diabetes, sleep apnea, acid reflux or foot and leg pain.

Following the advice from his primary care physician, Dr. Arthur Pettigrew, Dan contacted BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital and attended a free information session.

“Meeting Dr. Christopher Joyce and his staff at BMI Surgery was a wonderful experience. They were all so knowledgeable and supportive,” Brown said. “Once I realized how my poor food choices and lack of exercise hampered my health, I was able to sincerely commit to the program. Their program is phenomenal!”

With their support, Brown committed to the workout and diet plan and underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery on Jan. 17, 2011.

“Before I had my surgery, Dr. Joyce explained that the surgery was merely a tool to lose weight and the real success depended on me taking personal responsibility of my own health,” Brown said. “I listened to all of the great advice Dr. Joyce and his staff gave me and never deviated from the program. I was so committed to being successful because I was unsure how long I would survive due to all of my medical issues. And I didn’t want to be a burden to my wife, Kim, and sons Chris and Joe.”

Brown’s motivation was fueled by the support he received not only from Dr. Joyce and his staff, but also from other patients he met at the monthly support group meetings. In addition, his wife made his meals for him that aided him to stay on track.

“When I would come home from working out, all I would have to do is open the refrigerator and grab a meal that my wife already prepared for me. I am so grateful to her and my sons for all the love and support they gave me throughout this entire process,” Brown said.

“Dan is an excellent example of how life-changing bariatric surgery can be. His dedication to adhering to the program by eating well and exercising is very impressive,” Dr. Joyce said.

BMI Surgery has improved the lives of nearly 3,000 patients with life-changing surgeries, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap-Band and REALIZE gastric band systems at Silver Cross Hospital.  

Board-certified laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons Christopher Joyce, M.D., and Brian Lahmann, M.D., are dedicated to helping patients win their personal battles with obesity and enjoy healthier lives, which is why they dedicated themselves to opening a new office on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. Silver Cross has been named a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

 “Our new office location provides patients with enhanced access to state-of-the-art technology and expanded space including more exam rooms, band adjustment rooms, and seating in the waiting area,” Dr. Joyce said. “We want to help transform lives inside and out, so we used that same philosophy in the design of our new office space.”

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. To make plans to attend, visit www.bmisurgery.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Mesmolin December 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
For Mildred - as another patient of BMI, I believe that people thinking about weight loss surgery in this area should first go to BMI's website, especially http://bmisurgery.org/_live/index.php?ID=asktherightquestions that has great discussion questions. Then attend one of their Wednesday night information programs. Everyone at BMI has been very up front with all of the potential problems and complications possible during and after the surgery. They do not let anyone enter into this decision lightly. But please know that one common complication is NOT following the plan espeically with eating the wrong things.
dawn December 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I am also a bmi patient, had my surgery may of 2011 and I lost 180lbs. I too had mine done at silver cross hosp those 2 drs are so dedicated to ther job. Silver cross has had avery high sucess rate. I have had several friend have the surgery at other places and actualy weigh more now than before. It is a changeof life. You can't just have the surgery ad think it works itself. I workout and watch what I eat. I also have had a friend have done after he watched me shrink..I could barely walk before. I now run 5ks...thank you to dr Lehman ad dr Joyce for helping me change my life! I sugest if you have the surgery that you hav to be ready
dawn December 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Cont....if your notmentaly ready your chances of sucess are low.
Nancy December 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Dawn I am also thinking about having the surgery can you give me more details of how the procedure went for you? What was the best thing and what was the worsed part.
Katie T. December 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Surgery to lose weight seems so risky. Sadly, I know of a person who died from complications of gastric and left young children without a father. What happened to good old-fashioned diet and exercise?

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