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4 Benefits of a Duodenal Switch

If you’ve been struggling with your weight but diet and exercise aren’t garnering the results you need, it may be time for bariatric surgery. 

As you explore your options, it’s helpful to fully understand the benefits of each approach so you can choose the weight loss surgery that’s best for you.

At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of bariatric specialists offers several different types of weight loss surgery, which can make finding the right one for your unique situation confusing. To provide you with the information you need, we feel that education is paramount. 

To that end, here we explore four benefits of a duodenal switch, which is an approach that has helped many of our patients lose weight and keep it off for better health.

Great results

Making the decision to undergo surgery to lose weight is a big step, so you want to ensure that you’re rewarded for your efforts. 

Of all the options, the duodenal switch, which is also a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), offers the greatest results — approximately 60-70% excess weight loss (or greater) at the five-year follow-up.

The reason for the success of the duodenal switch is that this surgery approaches weight loss in two ways. 

First, we remove a portion of your stomach, which helps you feel full more quickly. Second, we bypass a large segment of your small intestine by taking the last segment of your intestine and attaching it directly to your stomach. This technique limits the amount of fat you absorb by up to 70%.

Less hunger

When we remove a portion of your stomach, we remove the section that’s responsible for releasing the hormones that control your hunger levels. This means that you won’t feel as hungry as before, allowing you to feel fully satisfied after smaller meals.

Controlling your health

Another reason many of our patients turn to a duodenal switch is to reverse dangerous health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. 

In fact, diabetics who undergo a BPD/DS often need far less insulin to regulate the levels of glucose in their systems since we’re greatly reducing the amount of sugars that enter your bloodstream.

Fewer GI complications

When we perform a duodenal switch, we leave your pyloric valve intact, which is the muscle that creates a barrier between your stomach and your duodenum (the upper part of your small intestine). 

By leaving this important sphincter intact, you can avoid issues that sometimes develop with other bariatric surgery options, such as:

To be sure, any surgery carries some risks and the duodenal switch is a complex and involved surgery that permanently alters your gastrointestinal anatomy. 

But if you want to make a significant change to your health by shedding excess weight, a duodenal switch is an extremely viable option.

To explore whether you’re a good candidate for a duodenal switch, please contact one of our locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

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