How to Prepare for a Duodenal Switch

The Duodenal Switch procedure is a bariatric weight loss surgery that can help reduce the amount of food eaten, while simultaneously reducing the number of fat calories the body absorbs from food. Here's what patients should know to help them prepare for the Duodenal Switch procedure.

Understand the Procedure

Never undergo any surgical procedure without first possessing a full understanding of what it entails. Discuss the procedure with your doctor at length beforehand, and make sure he answers any of your questions to your satisfaction.

Take Care of Yourself

If you smoke, you should quit smoking entirely before the surgery. Try to allow as much time as you can between the cessation of your smoking habits and the day of surgery. You should stop using alcohol as well.

Follow the Doctor's Dietary Recommendations

One of the most important parts of preparing for a Duodenal Switch procedure is the diet you'll have to follow in the weeks prior to surgery. This diet will help to improve your overall health and strengthen your body to optimize recovery from the surgery. It will also help you become accustomed to the diet you'll need to follow once you've recovered from the procudure.

Your specific diet may vary according to your individual needs, but here are some of the basic elements of a pre-surgery diet for those about to undergo the Duodenal Switch procedure:

  • Your pre-surgery diet will be high in protein. You'll be eating 800 to 1200 calories each day, and 70 to 100 grams of protein.
  • Your pre-surgery diet will be low in fats, sugars, carbohydrates and calories. Your surgeon wants to encourage pre-surgery weight loss, as it will speed your recovery.
  • Your surgeon may place you on a liquid diet two weeks before surgery, and he may give you vitamins and other supplements to help ensure that you're strong enough for the procedure.

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