Duodenal Switch

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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, especially if you have a very high BMI or suffer from a weight-related illness, the duodenal switch procedure can offer maximum weight loss results and significant improvements to your health. The caring, highly qualified team at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona provides expert medical care and support throughout your weight loss journey. The Institute has two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. To find out if you’re a candidate for duodenal switch surgery, call the office, or schedule a consultation online today.

Duodenal Switch Q & A

What is a duodenal switch?

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, also known as the duodenal switch or simply “the switch,” is one of the most complicated bariatric surgeries. In this procedure, the size of the stomach is restricted, and the duodenum is divided so that the small and large intestines can be reconfigured to absorb fewer calories from food during the digestive process.

The duodenal switch preserves more of the stomach than a gastric bypass so you can eat normal, reasonably portioned meals. The switch also preserves the pyloric valve, which limits how quickly food leaves the stomach, allowing you to feel full for more extended periods.

What are the benefits of the duodenal switch?

If you undergo this procedure, your weight reduction could be substantial, as this surgery averages 70-80% loss of excess weight, one of the highest rates for bariatric procedures.

The switch also has the most substantial impact on weight-related illness, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea

Weight loss following duodenal switch surgery can also improve chronic back, hip and knee pain.

Who is a good candidate?

The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery, and which type is right for you, is to have a consultation with one of the experienced surgeons at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona. The duodenal switch might be the best choice for you if your BMI is over 50, or if you have a BMI over 30 and you have a weight-related illness.

If your BMI is over 55, and you’re healthy enough to undergo a longer surgery, your doctor will likely recommend that you have a duodenal switch to help you maximize weight loss for the most robust results.

What risks are associated with the procedure?

Any major surgery carries some risk, such as bleeding, infection, or blood clots. The long-term risks associated with the duodenal switch include:

  • A hernia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Kidney stones
  • Excessive, odorous gas
  • Diarrhea

Because the small intestine is configured to disrupt absorption of nutrients, malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies are a risk with the duodenal switch. This can usually be controlled by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet following your surgery.

To find out more about the duodenal switch procedure, book an appointment online or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.