Recovery after Duodenal Switch Surgery

Duodenal Switch (DS) is a surgical procedure that involves reducing the capacity of the stomach and this should result in a gradual weight loss, as the patient will eat less. The recovery after the Duodenal Switch (DS) surgery will require a special diet, to make sure that the incisions heal without complications.

Recovery after Surgery

Even if the Duodenal Switch (DS) surgery is typically performed laparoscopically and the incision sites are small, the cut on the inside will be larger, so the recovery time will be between 3 to 4 weeks. The recovery time depends on several factors, including the patient's age, medical condition and the capacity to recover.

The patient may spend a few days in the clinic to recover and after this period, the patient can go home to recover and periodically check back with the plastic surgeon.

Immediately after the Duodenal Switch (DS), the patient should try to walk as often as possible, to avoid the formation of blood clots. Heparin shots may also be administered to make the blood thinner. Some plastic surgeons recommend special stockings that will prevent the blood from accumulating in the extremities and avoid blood clotting.

There may be pain and discomfort, but painkillers will be administered for a few days after the surgery.


The diet after the Duodenal Switch (DS) surgery should be made up of liquids during the first 2 days to allow the surgery to heal. The patient may start to introduce semi liquids after 2 days. High fat foods should be avoided during the first 2 weeks, as they may cause discomfort. The plastic surgeon will indicate a suitable diet.

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