Quinn lost almost 100 pounds on his own during a six-month period before surgery, as required by his insurance provider. After that, Quinn went straight to Duke for his duodenal switch weight loss surgery in spring 2018.
“I trusted the program,” he said. “I didn’t look anywhere else.”
Despite some mild post-op nausea and pain, the recovery wasn’t difficult, Quinn said. He started learning a new way to eat, incorporating healthier foods in smaller amounts. He even switched to using dessert plates instead of dinner plates to keep portions in check.
“You’ve got to completely change the way you eat every day and give up things that you eat all your life. It’s difficult to do,” Quinn said. “When you eat something every day for 40 years and all of the sudden you can’t have it anymore, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do.”
His weight dropped fast. In just 10 months, he went from a size 60 pants to a size 36, weighing in at 218 pounds. Even before his surgery, his knee pain disappeared -- which he chalks up to a miracle from God. His wife has even lost weight because she began eating smaller portions alongside her husband. Quinn still deals with acid reflux, which he was hoping the surgery would eliminate.
Left photo: December 2017, Right photo: December 2018