7 Reasons to Choose Duodenal Switch

The Duodenal Switch is a bariatric weight loss surgery in which the size of the stomach is reduced and the small intestines are shortened, but the pyloric valve and the duodenum are left intact. The Duodenal Switch is one of the safest weight loss surgeries, but it carries a number of risks as well as benefits. Here are some of the pros of the Duodenal Switch.

1. More than 100 Lbs. Overweight for at Least 5 Years

If a patient is suffering from obesity and has failed to lose the extra weight, the Duodenal Switch procedure might be for them. The Duodenal Switch procedure causes drastic weight loss over a 12 to 18 month period following the surgery. While the Duodenal Switch is a major surgical procedure and involves the same level of risk as any other major surgery, the health consequences of obesity are very serious.

2. It Can Resolve a Number of Obesity-Related Health Problems

The Duodenal Switch procedure can resolve a number of obesity related health concerns, including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Back Pain

3. It Offers More Freedom in Post-Operative Life

Unlike those who undergo Lap Band or RNY surgery, Duodenal Switch patients have larger stomachs and can eat larger meals. The procedure leaves more of the stomach intact.

4. No Risk of Dumping Syndrome Associated with Duodenal Switch

Some weight loss procedures, like Biliopancreatic Diversion and Gastric Bypass, carry the risk of dumping syndrome, a condition in which food passes through the small intestine too fast. This can cause nausea, diarrhea, faintness and sweating. However, the Duodenal Switch leaves the pyloric valve, responsible for sending stomach contents into the small intestine, intact, and it also preserves the duodenum, or upper part of the small intestine. These parts of the digestive system regulate the speed at which digested food passes into the small intestine, eliminating the risk of dumping syndrome.

5. Duodenal Switch Can Be Performed Laparoscopically

Unlike some other weight loss procedures, the Duodenal Switch can be performed laparoscopically. That means the doctor will use a camera, inserted through a small incision, to direct his movements as he performs the procedure. As a result, patients will have fewer, smaller incisions and spend less time in the hospital after the procedure. They'll also experience the following benefits:

  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Fewer hernias at the incisions

6. Duodenal Switch Offers Better Nutrient Absorption

The Duodenal Switch, like many weight loss surgeries, inhibits the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food by shortening the small intestine. The Duodenal Switch procedure, however, leaves the body better able to absorb nutrients than most weight loss surgeries, so patients will need fewer nutritional supplements and have a lower risk of malnutrition.

7. The Duodenal Switch Procedure Is Effective

The Duodenal Switch procedure is very effective; most patients lose up to 75% of their excess body fat within the first year. Patients need to change diet and exercise habits, but most manage to keep the weight off.

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