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Duodenal Switch Surgery is a very powerful bariatric surgery. Weight Loss Surgery Experts can perform duodenal switch laparoscopically in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Please contact our helpful staff to get a free quote or to learn more information.

Duodenal Switch also known as Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, is a powerful weight loss surgery that uses both restrictive and malabsorptive properties. The main goal of duodenal switch is to reduce the amount of fat that can be absorbed. This procedure is quickly becoming effective among metabolic surgeons has studies have found that type 2 diabetes is resolved in 98% of cases.

How Duodenal Switch Works

Duodenal Switch, otherwise known as vertical gastrectomy with duodenal switch, is a very complicated weight loss surgery aimed to provide very high expected weight loss and even cure comorbidities.

Duodenal switch works two ways. The first is a creation of a new stomach pouch that is significantly smaller. This will help patients feel fuller faster, and is very similar to vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The second aspect of the duodenal switch is the malabsorptive effect, it involves digestive changes so that food can be passes through the shortened intestines undigested. This is just as powerful and as complex as roux-en-y gastric bypass.

Duodenal switch surgery combines malabsorptive technique with a restrictive method to induce weight loss.  Duodenal Switch is essentially vertical sleeve gastrectomy, with an added malabsorptive technique.

In duodenal switch, the stomach is permanently reduced up to 85% in a “vertical sleeve” shape. This allows the patient to feel fuller faster which forces the patient to consume less food.

The malabsorptive technique is when the small intestines is surgically rearranged to bypass a significant portion of the intestines. This causes calories and other nutrients to be bypassed without being absorbed. The juices of the bile and the pancreatic still interact with the food, just at the end of the intestines.

The expected weight-loss of the duodenal switch can be higher than roux-en-y gastric bypass. Patients can expect to lose 70% of their excess weight, having most of the weight fall off in 12 to 18 months.

What to Expect After Surgery

Duodenal switch is a highly complicated procedure, with surgery time between three to four hours. Where other procedures only require a few nights in recovery, duodenal switch requires between three to four nights in recovery.

Because of the highly intensive malabsorptive component, patients will require lifetime nutritional supplements. Patients who neglect this can go on to include osteoporosis, and other deficiencies.

Who Makes a Good Candidate

Being a Good candidate for duodenal switch means that patients have a BMI over 40. Candidates with obesity-related disease make more qualified candidates. These illnesses include hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and others. We work on patients between the ages of 18 to 65, but does make exceptions for individuals. Contact our helpful staff to learn more today.

Cost of Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch

The average cost of the duodenal switch depends on factors including hospital fees, surgeon fees, location and more. Having Weight Loss Surgery Experts preform duodenal switch will be economically smart, as fees in Mexico are typically 1/3 that in the United States.

How Duodenal Switch is Different than RNY Gastric Bypass

There are many commonalities between gastric bypass and duodenal switch, but there are some major differences. In duodenal switch the stomach is left larger than in gastric bypass allowing patients to consume more food, however patients will have to modify their diet indefinitely.

Many patients experience greater weight loss with duodenal switch, with greater success at keeping the weight off. The average weight loss with duodenal switch is nearly 70% of your current weight.

Why Have Duodenal Switch in Mexico

Undergoing duodenal switch in Mexico is a great choice for patients looking for quick, sustained weight loss. Our patient facilitators can schedule the best possible trip for your bariatric surgery. We’ve been in business for over five years doing medical tourism for patients seeking weight loss. Contact our staff today to learn more.

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How are they Performed?

Like other types of weight loss surgery, the duodenal switch procedure is done under general anesthesia. During the procedure you will be asleep and will feel no pain. It is a laparoscopic procedure, done with a small camera inserted into your stomach to allow the surgeon to perform the surgery. After making multiple incisions to allow instruments to perform the surgery, the duodenum, part of the small intestine, is attached to the lower part of the small intestine. This lets food bypass the rest of the small intestine and go straight to the duodenum.

Recovery & Aftercare

Your recovery will include being sore and tender in the abdomen for several weeks after the procedure. You will need to refrain from excessive physical activity until your doctor approves it. Other than that, basic daily activities can begin after a few days. You will notice weight coming off rapidly for the first 2-3 months and slower after that. A good amount of your excess weight should come off within two years after the procedure.

Your eating habits will change immediately after surgery. In the beginning, your stomach can hold about a cup of food at a time. If you attempt to eat more than a cup of chewed food, you will become nauseated, have abdominal cramping and might vomit up the excess food. Gradually, your stomach stretches to allow room for a typical meal. It is important to keep close track of what you eat and how much each day and stop eating when you feel full. Never eat when you aren’t feeling hungry. Eat your food slowly, taking a good 30 minutes to finish a meal. Pause between bites to allow your stomach to feel full, so you don’t overeat and feel discomfort afterward.

Proper nutrition is also important. Doctors recommend 100 grams of protein a day, plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as seeds, nuts and whole grains. Refrain from foods with a high fat content because your body doesn’t absorb them as well. Sugary foods should also be limited, in place of foods with natural sugars, like fresh fruit. These foods can also slow your weight loss, so stick to natural, healthy food options.

Risks of Duodenal Switch

There are a number of risks to be aware by choosing the duodenal switch weight loss procedure. While it is a highly effective type of surgery that allows you to continue eating nutritious food without severe limitations, it is also slightly more aggressive than other procedures. Some risks to be aware of following the duodenal switch procedure include blood clots in the legs or lungs, infection, abscess, bowel obstruction, leaks from the surgical site, pneumonia for some patients and potential healing problems at the surgical site.

Potential complications to be aware of are injury to the spleen, bleeding or kidney failure. To reduce your risks of this procedure, inform your doctor of any medications or vitamins you take prior to surgery, and stop taking any they recommend. Do not smoke at least two weeks before surgery or after, as this slows the healing process. Take any antibiotics prescribed to you and follow all aftercare instructions. By looking for side effects early, you prevent more serious complications such as bleeding or infection.

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