Duodenal Switch Surgery
Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch at Bariatric Solutions, is a hybrid surgical procedure that has two aspects that reduce weight, restriction and limited absorption. Duodenal Switch surgery, in a simple concept, is a combination of the gastric bypass surgery and the gastric sleeve surgery.
The surgery does pose some issues for those in need of it and they will likely have to supplement their daily intake of food with vitamins for the remainder of their life.
The average weight loss reported by surgeons and various studies in patients that undergo Duodenal Switch surgery is between 70% and 80% of the excess weight of that patient. This is true of patients that have long term follow up and that have made significant changes to their lifestyles.
About The Surgical Procedure
The biliopancreatic diversion portion of this bariatric surgery removes a part of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is connected to the lower part of the small intestine.
The Duodenal Switch surgery (also known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) requires that the surgeon staples of up to 70% of the stomach with the balance connected to the first part of the intestine also known as the duodenum.
The intestine is cut before it reaches the appendix and it is reattached lower in the intestine. The concept is to prevent bile and digestive juices to start the food processing lower in the body so that they don’t have as long to work on the food pulling out the least amount of calories.
The process is both restrictive in nature and malabsorptive as it reroutes the entire part of the small intestine that leads into the new different pathways and common channel.
One of the biggest advantages to this type of weight loss surgery is the fact that it combines moderate caloric intake and malabsorption results with a high percentage of excess weight loss. Also, because the pyloric valve remains intact, many patients do not experience dumping syndrome common in gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) patients.
According to statistics, duodenal switch surgery has the greatest weight loss success overall than any other weight loss surgery procedure. It also has the highest resolution rates for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes.
Duodenal switch surgery is for individuals who are deemed obese or morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or more or for those whose weight is causing them serious health problems.