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Lessons Learned Years After Weight Loss Surgery
Fourteen years after his gastric bypass surgery, Donald Rice of Durham is a confident 46-year-old father who enjoys being active and social. Yet he can still recall when he weighed 339 pounds and felt anxious about the changes that would follow his weight loss surgery. Knowing how different his life is today, he is glad he didn’t let fear hold him back. “There are so many positives that changed my life that what I gave up doesn’t matter," he said. "It doesn’t even cross my mind.”
Ronald Utley stand with his kids at home
Weight Loss Surgery Gives Former Football Player His Life Back
Ronald Utley of Wendell weighed 635 pounds and was suffering from leg ulcers, gout, and other serious health issues when he decided it was time to consider weight loss surgery. Nearly one year after undergoing a duodenal switch at Duke, he’s down to 389 and feeling good about his journey toward his goal weight.
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Running After Hip Dysplasia Surgery
David Logan is a personal trainer, coaches wrestling, and was even training to be a Navy SEAL before hip dysplasia derailed that dream. Doctors elsewhere told him to consider hip replacement surgery to relieve his excruciating hip pain. Logan immediately discounted that option because it would curtail his very active lifestyle. He did his research and found Brian Lewis, MD, a Duke hip surgeon. Dr. Lewis suggested a series of procedures that would return Logan to running pain-free again.
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