What is Duodenal Switch?
Duodenal switch is a surgical weight loss procedure that is a combination of a restrictive and malabsorptive type. In a duodenal switch procedure the stomach capacity is reduced by 70-80% forming a gastric sleeve and the connection to the intestine re-routed leaving only 20 – 30% of viable intestine for food absorption. The exclusion of a greater part of intestine for absorption gives the procedure the benefit of not regaining weight in the long term. This is a procedure offers all benefits of a gastric sleeve plus the shortcut of the intestine that will aid in the metabolic syndrome, but with very long term results.
Are you a candidate for duodenal switch?
Obese patients with metabolic syndrome who can have access to a permanent nutritional and psychological follow up are excellent candidates for this procedure. Duodenal switch patients must be very committed the post-operative routine and be willing to follow a nutritional supplement program in order to prevent malnourishment. Extremely obese individuals are typically not good candidates for this procedure due to the technical difficulty of carrying out the operation.