Duodenal Switch

The duodenal switch starts by creating a sleeve gastrectomy. This entails removing about 80% of your stomach. After that, part of your small bowel is bypassed. This means that some portion of the food you eat would not be absorbed.

The duodenal switch procedure is done in the hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia. Our experienced surgeons perform this surgery robotically and laparoscopically, using small incisions in the abdomen. This means that your pain will be minimized and recovery time shortened. You will probably stay just two nights in the hospital.

Afterward, you will need to commit to a regimen of taking vitamins and supplements for the rest of their lives to ensure you receive adequate nutrition.

Benefits of the Duodenal Switch Procedure

Duodenal switch surgery has excellent results, with the average patient losing 70 percent to 80 percent of the excess weight in the two years after the procedure.

Long-term, most patients who choose this type of surgery have lasting results, but lifestyle changes are important to succeed. Patients can eat larger portions than those who have other types of restrictive weight loss surgeries, allowing for greater patient satisfaction.

Who Is a Candidate for This Procedure?

Patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or greater or a BMI of 40 or greater with serious health problems are the best candidates for the duodenal switch procedure. Such problems usually include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

The duodenal switch is the best bariatric procedure to help control diabetes over the long term.

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This laparoscopic weight-loss surgery causes much of the food you eat to bypass complete digestion, allowing you to lose up to 80 percent of excess body weight and improving quality of life.