Duodenal switch surgery is a laparoscopic procedure with two components.
First, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of your stomach, very similar to the sleeve gastrectomy.
Then, a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed.
How the duodenal switch aids weight loss
After surgery, three main factors work together to contribute to your weight loss:
- You can't eat as much due to the smaller size of your stomach.
- Rerouting your intestines limits the amount of food your body absorbs.
- Rerouting your intestines also manipulates intestinal hormones and results in a significant metabolic effect.
Are you eligible for duodenal switch surgery?
The duodenal switch is generally reserved for those who need a more aggressive weight loss surgery approach for large weight loss.
Your surgeon can compare the various weight loss procedure options and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to the different procedures available. It is for those with significant health complications related to weight, including:
- heart disease
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- high cholesterol
- sleep apnea
- high blood pressure
- type 2 diabetes