Duodenal Switch

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, also known as DS or BPD, is a complex procedure that our experienced bariatric surgeons perform utilizing a laparoscopic technique. The surgery is designed to limit food intake as well as encourage malabsorption of food by altering the digestive process. This has shown to provide the greatest loss of excess weight compared to other procedures.

The DS procedure is ideal for those with severe morbid obesity (those with a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or more), though the surgery can also be performed on those under 50 BMI as well. The innovative procedure can help these individuals lose up to 85% of their excess weight through the advanced surgical process.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

To perform the DS procedure, our surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center reduce the stomach size by removing about ¾ of the stomach pouch through a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. This restricts the amount of food that the stomach is able to store and, therefore, how much you are able to comfortably consume. The small intestine is also operated on to influence less calorie and nutrient absorption.

The duodenum, which is the first section of the small intestine, is divided and redirected to the new stomach pouch. As a result, pancreatic and bile drainage is bypassed, causing the digestive juices and food to reach each other farther down in the intestine, which ultimately limits your ability to absorb calories.

This combination of decreasing the stomach size and causing malabsorption of calories allows for the highest weight loss potential. The entire surgery takes approximately two to three hours to complete.

Duodenal Switch Recovery

Our skilled surgeons perform the DS procedure laparoscopically for a less invasive weight loss surgery. This entails tiny surgical instruments inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. The advanced nature of this process typically leads to less scarring and a shorter recovery. Most patients can return to their daily routine after about two weeks. More strenuous activities are often resumed after one month.

Like all bariatric surgeries, you should understand that this procedure is meant to aid in your journey to weight loss, not be a final solution. To achieve optimal results, you must continue with a healthier lifestyle change. You will return for follow-up appointments after the DS procedure to ensure you are healing properly and losing weight in a safe manner.

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For more information about the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, please contact us to schedule your consultation and learn if it is the right procedure for your needs.