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Local Real Estate Broker Sold on Weight Loss Surgery after losing 140 Pounds

BMI Surgery at Silver Cross enhances business skills of Lockport man after bariatric surgery

New Lenox, IL (July 31, 2013) — For many years Ken Pytlewski, of Lockport, was a Real Estate broker successfully managing two offices in the southwest suburbs. Weighing 340 pounds, he was always stressed about getting rest so he could produce quality work at his high-intensity job. However after losing 140 pounds in a little over 12 months as a result of weight loss surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, Ken is more self-confident than ever before in his life. 

“Since surgery, my energy level has increased tremendously. I am able to maintain a higher productivity level and manage my time better, since I don’t need to fit in time to rest,” said 44-year old Ken Pytlewski. “I have a new sense of calmness and normalcy to my daily work routine in regards to organizing projects and scheduling appointments – simple tasks that most take for granted. And, I now communicate more confidently with people, due to my renewed sense of self and healthy lifestyle.” 

Motivated by Mom’s Declining Health to Take Action

Prior to his weight loss surgery, Ken suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, requiring him to take 4 medications daily. In addition, his diabetes was advancing to the point that the next step would be to take daily insulin shots. Ken could see that his current weight was starting to make his greatest fear of the disease worsening a reality. For years, he has watched his mom suffer from the advanced stages of diabetes enduring blindness, a prosthetic leg, and a colostomy bag. So he used his mom’s health struggles as an inspiration to motivate himself to lose weight.  And now his health has improved immensely since his surgery. He no longer takes any medications or suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. 

Photo caption: Kenneth Pytlewski, of Lockport, stands proudly since he lost over 140 pounds in a little over 12 months after his weight loss surgery at Silver Cross Hospital. 

“In addition to improving my physical health, I also have a fantastic sense of peace knowing that my wife, Cindy, and our three children, Megan, Morgan and Zachary, won’t have to watch me suffer from severe health complications due to having advanced diabetes like my beloved mom has endured,” said Ken. “By losing over 100 pounds, I have shown my children how to make better life choices and they have learned from my past mistakes.” 

Once Ken decided he needed to get serious about losing weight, he began talking with others. He asked his physician, Dr. Rick Singh, who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, what weight loss method would be a viable option for him. Dr. Singh recommended Ken to attend one of BMI Surgery’s free informational sessions.  Prior to attending the meeting, Ken visited BMI’s website at www.bmisurgery.organd recognized one of the people in the patient videos as his co-worker. So during the next work day, he asked her about her experience, and she happily shared some tips with him. “Through my entire journey the biggest support I received next to the help from my family and friends, was the comfort I felt knowing so many others around me underwent successful weight loss surgery,” said Ken. 

Ken was very impressed with BMI Surgery’s program after the free informational session. “After talking with Dr. Christopher Joyce and his staff who were all so knowledgeable, they all made me feel so confident that I could actually have successful long-term weight loss as long as I was willing to follow the program.”  With their support, Ken committed to the workout and diet plan and underwent gastric bypass weight loss surgery on August 27, 2012. 

Comprehensive Program Key to Success

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."  

Ken claims his weight loss success resulted from the help he received from a variety of places. “Through the entire process, Dr. Joyce and his staff were always so resourceful,” shared Ken. “Also the nurses at Silver Cross Hospital were so helpful during my surgery and hospital stay.” “Further, by eating meals on smaller plates to control portion size and being more aware of what is written on food labels, my entire family began eating healthier too.” 

“Ken is an excellent example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. His dedication to following the program by eating well and exercising was critical in his ability to lose 140 pounds,” says Dr. Christopher Joyce. 

The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery defines the morbidly obese as those with a body mass of 40 or above, 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 numerous life threatening disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. 

BMI Surgery has changed the lives of over 3,200 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. 

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

About Silver Cross Hospital                 

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

Motivated by Mom’s Declining Health to Take Action

Prior to his weight loss surgery, Ken suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, requiring him to take 4 medications daily. In addition, his diabetes was advancing to the point that the next step would be to take daily insulin shots. Ken could see that his current weight was starting to make his greatest fear of the disease worsening a reality. For years, he has watched his mom suffer from the advanced stages of diabetes enduring blindness, a prosthetic leg, and a colostomy bag. So he used his mom’s health struggles as an inspiration to motivate himself to lose weight.  And now his health has improved immensely since his surgery. He no longer takes any medications or suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. 

“In addition to improving my physical health, I also have a fantastic sense of peace knowing that my wife, Cindy, and our three children, Megan, Morgan and Zachary, won’t have to watch me suffer from severe health complications due to having advanced diabetes like my beloved mom has endured,” said Ken. “By losing over 100 pounds, I have shown my children how to make better life choices and they have learned from my past mistakes.” 

Once Ken decided he needed to get serious about losing weight, he began talking with others. He asked his physician, Dr. Rick Singh, who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, what weight loss method would be a viable option for him. Dr. Singh recommended Ken to attend one of BMI Surgery’s free informational sessions.  Prior to attending the meeting, Ken visited BMI’s website at www.bmisurgery.org and recognized one of the people in the patient videos as his co-worker. So during the next work day, he asked her about her experience, and she happily shared some tips with him. “Through my entire journey the biggest support I received next to the help from my family and friends, was the comfort I felt knowing so many others around me underwent successful weight loss surgery,” said Ken. 

Ken was very impressed with BMI Surgery’s program after the free informational session. “After talking with Dr. Christopher Joyce and his staff who were all so knowledgeable, they all made me feel so confident that I could actually have successful long-term weight loss as long as I was willing to follow the program.”  With their support, Ken committed to the workout and diet plan and underwent gastric bypass weight loss surgery on August 27, 2012. 

Comprehensive Program Key to Success

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."  

Ken claims his weight loss success resulted from the help he received from a variety of places. “Through the entire process, Dr. Joyce and his staff were always so resourceful,” shared Ken. “Also the nurses at Silver Cross Hospital were so helpful during my surgery and hospital stay.” “Further, by eating meals on smaller plates to control portion size and being more aware of what is written on food labels, my entire family began eating healthier too.” 

“Ken is an excellent example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. His dedication to following the program by eating well and exercising was critical in his ability to lose 140 pounds,” says Dr. Christopher Joyce. 

The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery defines the morbidly obese as those with a body mass of 40 or above, 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 numerous life threatening disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. 

BMI Surgery has changed the lives of over 3,200 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. 

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

About Silver Cross Hospital                 

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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