updated 12/22/2008 7:14:42 PM ET 2008-12-23T00:14:42

An Indiana couple who topped the scales at more than 700 pounds combined have undergone weight-loss surgery — on the same day.

Lorie and Todd Richmond both had surgery last week at the University of Chicago Medical Center. They made the decision after years of failed diets and 10 months of preparation.

The 305-pound husband underwent gastric bypass surgery, and his 402-pound wife had a duodenal switch. Both operations were performed by Dr. Vivek Prachand.

The doctor says it's the first time he has performed surgeries on a husband and wife in the same day.

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