If you’re exploring your bariatric surgery options, a duodenal switch (DS) could be a major contender. This procedure has been around for over 20 years and is considered the most effective weight loss surgery for improving type II diabetes, with an impressive 98 percent cure rate. DS surgery also results in more weight loss on average than any other bariatric procedure. Learn more about the duodenal switch to determine if it could be the right option for you.
How Duodenal Switch Surgery Works
The duodenal switch combines two weight loss techniques: restriction and malabsorption.
First, the surgeon removes about two-thirds of the stomach to restrict the amount of food it can hold. This makes the patient feel full faster and reduces feelings of hunger because the small stomach secretes fewer hunger-inducing hormones.
Then, the surgeon bypasses the middle section of the small intestine to allow for calorie malabsorption. This is done by routing the first section of the small intestine, called the duodenum, directly to the last section. These changes cause the body to absorb fewer calories and nutrients.
The Results of Duodenal Switch Surgery
Patients seek duodenal switch surgery for two primary reasons: to lose weight and to overcome obesity-related health issues.
The smaller stomach size and rerouted intestinal tract resulting from duodenal switch surgery lead to significant, rapid and long-lasting weight loss. On average, patients lose 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight within two years. Most patients maintain their weight loss for at least five years, and many enjoy the results for the rest of their lives.
The health benefits of DS surgery are also substantial. It’s known to improve or completely cure type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and a dozen other health conditions. As a result, patients prolong their life expectancy, reduce symptoms of depression and experience a higher overall quality of life.
How to Qualify for Duodenal Switch Surgery
Adults and teens may be candidates for DS surgery. To qualify, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher OR have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and have a serious, obesity-related health issue (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea).
Candidates must also be cleared medically and psychologically for surgery. If you don’t have a severe, disqualifying health condition – such as lung disease, chronic pancreatitis, autoimmune connective tissue disease, alcoholism or a mental health disorder – you may qualify.
Duodenal Switch Surgery in New Jersey
The qualified surgeons at Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness Center in Millburn and Toms River will help you decide if duodenal switch surgery is right for you. This is a big decision that requires permanent lifestyle changes to achieve success.