The duodenal switch, also known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), is a complex bariatric surgery that combines elements from the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures.
During this procedure, your surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach, creating a sleeve-like pouch. Then, they divide your small intestine and attach your stomach sleeve to a lower section of your small intestine, bypassing about 75% of the small intestine.
The stomach portion of the duodenal switch decreases the amount of food you can eat and removes the part of the stomach that produces hunger hormones. Bypassing a large portion of your small intestine decreases calorie absorption.
The AZ Weight Loss Clinic surgical team conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in for a weight loss surgery consultation to determine the best procedure for you.
They may consider you a candidate for the duodenal switch if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or higher or a BMI of 40 or higher with medical conditions like Type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
The AZ Weight Loss Clinic team performs the duodenal switch at a hospital. When possible, the team uses laparoscopic surgery for your duodenal switch to reduce incision size and recovery time. However, in some cases, traditional open surgery is a better choice.
You may need to spend a few days at the hospital following your duodenal switch so the team can monitor you during your initial recovery period. The team recommends taking two to four weeks off from work for your recovery.
The duodenal switch is one of the most effective weight loss surgeries for people who need to lose a significant amount of weight. It’s also beneficial for improving Type 2 diabetes.
You can lose up to 70% of your pre-surgical weight following the duodenal switch.
The duodenal switch is an ideal weight loss surgery for people who need to lose a significant amount of weight to improve their health. To learn more about this procedure, call AZ Weight Loss Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.