Duodenal Switch Surgery

Duodenal Switch Surgery

Bariatric Select is a leader in bariatric and Duodenal Switch Surgery. Their impeccable records allows them to perform intricate methods such as the duodenal switch. This is a powerful metabolic and weight loss type of surgery. As this is the second step in the vertical sleeve gastric surgery, it could be for those with an abnormally high body mass index (BMI).

The gastric sleeve is implemented to help the patient lose anywhere between 60 to 80 pounds. Once achieved, the duodenal switch is a malabsorptive and restrictive form is so successful that patients experiencing type two diabetes have achieved a 98 percent cure rating afterward.

How Does it Work

The Duodenal switch surgery has evolved from previous methods such as the biliopancreatic diversion. While the BDP is rarely performed today because of issues with patient malnourishment, Duodenal switch offers three different ways for a patient to experience weight loss.

  • Similar to the gastric sleeve, approximately 70 percent of the stomach is permanently removed by cutting. In addition to reducing the amount of ghrelin production, patients will feel full faster.
  • This malabsorptive method reroutes large areas of the small intestines. Patients could then absorb approximately 20 percent of the fat that they consume when eating.
  • Changes to the way digestive and bile juices break down food sources are made through the surgery. This can help patients lose more weight as it can cut back on calorie absorption.

Estimated Weight Loss Totals Expected

Since there are three chances for patients to lose weight with duodenal switch surgery, patients can lose anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of their excess body weight. However, patients can often lose more weight than what they should and run the risk of nutritional deficiencies. That's why it's important for you to work with our patient care coordinators to develop the right dietary plan for your health and wellness.


There are numerous advantages to the duodenal switch surgery, and they include the following:

  • The malabsorptive aspect of the Duodenal Switch Surgery may be reversed. It will then take on the similarities of the gastric sleeve surgery.
  • Similar to the gastric sleeve, patients will be able to eventually enjoy a wide range of food options as they adjust. However, it's important to follow the dietary guidelines and food options that are developed for you.
  • Nausea, sweating, bloating, abdominal cramps and facial flushing are often called the dumping syndrome in gastric bypass surgery. Unlike other methods, dumping syndrome is less likely for patients who have undergone the Duodenal Switch Surgery process.

What to Expect Afterward - Duodenal Switch Surgery

In addition to being able to shed excessive amounts of weight, you could finally get your life back.

It's important for patients to follow the eating plan implemented by your physician and nutritionist. It can consist of three meals that include vitamin and protein nutritional supplements. This will allow patients to avoid deficiencies. If you're menstruating woman, it's especially critical. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery advises getting the required amounts of iron, multivitamins, vitamin K, D, A and calcium. Other important supplements include B-complex and B12. In addition to fruits, whole-grains, veggies and omega-3 fatty acids, it's important for you to consume meals high in protein. Patients should avoid sugar food sources as they hold absolutely no value.