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Duodenal Switch

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Duodenal Switch weight loss surgery is formally known as Biliary Pancreatic Diversion (BPD) with Duodenal Switch. This procedure is most often performed on patients who have a BMI of 50 or more and need to lose at least 100 pounds. This is the most effective bariatric surgery procedure for reducing Type II diabetes.1

During this procedure, a surgeon removes a portion of the stomach in the same manner as a Gastric Sleeve procedure. Next, nearly one-half of the small intestine is bypassed. 

A laparoscopic Duodenal Switch procedure generally takes between 1 and 1.5 hours and patients can either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital.

Duodenal Switch Results

Duodenal Switch weight loss surgery is the most invasive form of bariatric surgery, but also yields the fastest weight loss results. Patients who undergo a Duodenal Switch procedure also see rapid and dramatic reduction in comorbidities, such as:

  • Diabetes cured in up to 92% of patients
  • 90% of Duodenal Switch patients are able to stop using CPAP machine for sleep apnea
  • 88% of patients are able to decrease asthma medication2

Patient Stories

Tiffany's weight loss transformation

Meet Tiffany

What was life like before bariatric surgery?
My weight stopped me from being able to go outside and chase my daughter around, jump on the trampoline, and not being able to ride on an airplane comfortably. I had tried everything to lose weight and it just wasn’t working. I didn’t have any medical issues except being overweight.

If you put off the decision to come in for a long time, why was that? What kept you from booking a consultation?
I had always thought about weight loss surgery but was scared. I kept telling myself I could lose the weight on my own but couldn’t.

What is your life like now? What’s the #1 thing you love being able to do now?
My life has changed tremendously. I have so much more energy. I can keep up with my three-year-old daughter. I work out almost every day. I have taken my life back, and my weight isn’t stopping me.

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If you have a BMI of 50 or higher and suffer from Type II diabetes, you might be an ideal candidate for Duodenal Switch weight loss surgery. To learn more about your bariatric surgery opportunities, please contact us at Panhandle Weight Loss Center in Amarillo, Texas

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Comparison of Surgical Procedures

BandingSleeve GastrectomyGastric BypassDuodenal Switch
Excess Weight Loss40-60%50-65%50-70%80-90%
Rate of Weight LossSlowerFasterFastestFastest
Survival Rate999/1000 patients998/1000 patients998/1000 patients990/1000 patients
ComplicationsOccur LaterOccur EarlyOccur Early or LateOccur Early or Late
ReversibleYesNoVery DifficultVery Difficult
Implanted DeviceYesNoNoNo
Hospital Stay< 1 Day1-2 Days2 Days2-3 Days
Time Off Work1 Week1-2 Weeks2 Weeks2 Weeks
US Track RecordSince 1991Since 2000Since 1960sSince 1950s
Anti InflammatoryOkOkNot OkNot Ok
Follow UpMost FrequentLeast FrequentMore FrequentMost Frequent
Weight RegainYesYesYesLess Likely
Convert Procedure to AnotherYesYesNoYes

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1 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Surgery Procedures. Available: Accessed September 14, 2020.

2 Marceau P, Biron S, Hould FS, et al. Duodenal switch: long-term results. Obes Surg. 2007;17(11):1421-1430. doi:10.1007/s11695-008-9435-9. Available: Accessed September 14, 2020.